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Friday, March 14, 2014

Discrimination Watch: Gun Laws Applied Per 14th Amendment?

I swear, one of my brothers is trying to kill me.  He sent me an email reminding me about this case.  He knows my blood pressure will go through the roof!

Many of you may have heard stories about a New Yorker who was a strong proponent of the SAFE Act that was passed in their state.  It was one of the knee-jerk laws passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Since he was part of an anti-violence group that mentored in local schools, our hero worked tirelessly to get it enacted, especially the provision with regards to guns on school campuses.  The new law bumps the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In early February, he then went and got himself caught with a gun - on campus, no less.  Uh oh.
School 97 Harvey Austin Elementary School was put in lockdown shortly after 4 p.m. Feb. 6 when the school office received an anonymous call that there was a man with a gun on or near the school property on Sycamore Street. About 60 students were in the building for after-school programs.
About 15 patrol cars responded to the scene, and the lockdown ended about four hours later when Ferguson was arrested.
Funny how the article conveniently forgot to mention what a zealot Mr. Ferguson was for the enhanced penalties.  Haha, funny.

He's pleaded not-guilt.  Says he forgot he had the gun (DOH!) and it was an honest mistake.  The judge in the case is getting buried in letters of support for the guy.

Let's review one of the relevant Constitutional issues here - the Fourteenth Amendment.  In part - 
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Yeah.  The 'equal protection' clause.  It means that everyone in that state MUST be treated the same when they break the same law.  A very simple concept, that is stringently enforced by courts across the land.

Stop snickering!

He's black.  He's a liberal.  He's a community activist.

He's gonna get a 'pass'.

To be fair, if he were a white, conservative investment banker, he'd probably end up with the same sentence, he'd just use another route to get there.

He's going to get a David Gregory Reprieve.  The elites always do.
Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
It's us middle-class Americans that would take the kick in the teeth were this to happen to us.  Felony, time in jail, gun rights stripped, voter rights stripped, community service, monetary penalty.

They'd probably come over and kick your dog just for good measure.

We don't have the political or financial clout to make this go away.

So those of us watching this - and we are watching - will stew in the injustice, and will make note.  It will give us yet another reason to withdraw from this discriminatory segment of society.  It will give us more incentive to take our brains, money and talents, and go where we're welcomed.

We'll financially bleed them dry.  That's how we hurt them.  Someone's gotta pay for their crap, and it won't be us.

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