A few weeks ago, I came across this piece, at the San Francisco Chronicle, and thought, ‘well, there’s a good example of government run amok.’ Re-reading it two weeks later, that impression hasn’t much changed.
Here’s the opener: “A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said.”
Yes, that’s Montara – not Montana. Montara is located nearby the Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was just folded into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area In California, according to the story.
The story continues, citing a spokesman from the park service, Howard Levitt: “The ranger, who wasn't identified, asked [the man, named Gary] Hesterberg to remain at the scene, Levitt said. He tried several times to leave, and finally the ranger "pursued him a little bit and she did deploy her" electric-shock weapon, Levitt said. "That did stop him." … Hesterberg, whose age was not available, was arrested on suspicion of failing to obey a lawful order, having dogs off-leash and knowingly providing false information, Levitt said.”
Since when does a park ranger have such authority over an American citizen? An American citizen taking his dogs on a walk?
This right here is Prime Reason Number One for the need of America to stay vigilant with private property rights. Public parks may be necessary in the minds of some, but never to the point where private citizens feel as if they don’t have the freedom to roam the very parks they fund and own.