Here is an example of what I am talking about.
From the Rutland Herald:
By Alan J. Keays
A federal judge who designated a Burlington man an "armed career criminal" sentenced him to 15 years in prison on latest conviction for illegal possession a firearm as a convicted felon.Those of you who have read this blog for awhile know that I believe that there should be no restrictions concerning felons and gun ownership. If an individual can not be trusted in society with a firearm, that individual should not be a free member of society. My first instinct would be to side with the defendant. The headline did mention that he was a 'Career criminal', let us dig a bit deeper into this article.
Kevin J. Graves, 44, showed little emotion as Judge J. Garvan Murtha handed down the sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Graves had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Graves has a lengthy criminal record that includes 38 prior convictions spanning more than 25 years, including four convictions that qualify as "violent felonies" under federal statute. Those felonies include convictions for breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of burglary and entering a bank to attempt to commit a larceny, court records stated.This goblin was CONVICTED 38 times in 25 years? And he is on our streets? This last conviction only netted him 15 years? What the heck is going on here?
15 years is the minimum the judge could have sentenced this goblin for this conviction, and the judge only gave him the minimum. The judge gave this goblin the minimum sentence, knowing full well that the goblin has proven on 38 different occasions that he can not be trusted in the society of free men.
I have an idea for the politicians, police chiefs and district attorneys. Stop demonizing firearms and disparaging gun owners. Spend your time, money and efforts in getting the violent criminals off of our streets. You have forgotten that we, the free citizens of these United States are both your employers and your customers. We expect you to keep goblins such as this off of our streets. Too many violent crimes are committed by someone already in your system, that needs to stop. Repeat offenders need to be dealt with severely, and free citizens need to be left alone.
Think you can handle that? If not, we may just find someone who can.