Why Did Prosecutors Drop Gun Charge Against Defiant Prohibited Person?

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Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “Homer ‘Tank’ Wright says he's happy prosecutors dropped charges filed against him after he shot a suspected burglar last week,” The Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

A burglar had broken into the 80-year-old tavern owner's property through a bathroom window at 4 a.m. Awakened by the noise, he confronted and shot the intruder.

So what’s the problem?

As a convicted felon with prior weapons charges, Wright is prohibited from owning a firearm. There is no way he could legally obtain and possess a gun, meaning he used what the citizen disarmament cabal refers to as an “illegal gun.” Further, Wright maintains he’ll buy another one “if he gets the chance,” meaning he’s an unrepentant “gun criminal” and will continue to defy and break the law.

Why? Because he won’t be “left to the wolves.” Because, unlike some prominent anti-gunners, he does not consider a baseball bat sufficient protection.

In principle, I agree with Wright, and am disappointed in some self-identified “conservatives” who endorse the consequence of a lifetime disability from so fundamental a right as just punishment for past transgressions. After all, it should be obvious that anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian, and if Wright is truly that much of a menace to society, how could he not pose a grave danger to any community he is let loose in? Should an elderly man and his wife really have their lives demanded as forfeit, especially since all indications are he’s lived productively–and peaceably–for decades?

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About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.

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