‘Anti-Violence’ Organizer Pleading Out on Gun Charge Reminiscent of Others

Who better to advocate for non-violence than an experienced practitioner of violence? (Mugshot via Saginaw News/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)-“A Saginaw woman who organized an anti-violence march has accepted a plea deal her felony gun case,” Saginaw and Bay City News reported Saturday. “Sparkle N. Roby, 34, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, appeared before Saginaw County Chief Circuit Judge Darnell Jackson and pleaded no contest to single counts of felonious assault, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.”

As part of the deal to get the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three “felony firearm” counts stemming from an incident where witness testimony said Roby returned to a beauty salon with a gun to threaten an employee she’d had an argument with moments before.

That hardly lives up to the “authoritative” lecturing Roby gave the media when interviewed for her “Take a Step Walk.” Perhaps if “reporters” giving her free publicity had been more interested in doing a balanced job, they could have asked her on camera about her prior deal after threatening to kill a witness against her brother, now serving 26 to 50 years for shooting a man to death. She pled out on that too, making her a “prohibited person,” forbidden by law to have a gun. And just to re-emphasize, she had faced two charges for the death threat.

Roby evidently learning nothing makes Judge Jackson’s decision to allow her to be free on bond pending sentencing all the more curious. Based on results she has demonstrated extreme anger and cognitive dissonance issues and has shown a penchant for threatening to kill witnesses. Allowing a demonstrable menace unrestrained access to others is irresponsible and dangerous, although hardly unexpected considering how prosecutors and the courts have continued to show leniency to this repeat offender.

What’s also hardly unexpected is that so many “anti-violence” activists are violent themselves, particularly the ones who rail against guns and then end up using them. Cases in point:

Hell, for that matter, look at Leland Yee, or all those criminal Bloomberg mayors.

There are plenty more examples. Here are some I talked about 15 years ago for a GUNS Magazine column:

  • The gun and ammunition straw purchasers for the Columbine killers who apparently decided going full anti-gun would make things easier on them.
  • The Million Mom March sponsor who got a .45 and paralyzed a man she wrongly thought had killed her son.
  • Another Million Mom Marcher, this one a chapter president, who was busted with drugs and a gun with a filed-off serial number by police investigating a drive-by shooting.
  • “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher, who had her anti-gun epiphany after shooting her sex partner’s wife in the face.

Then there’s my personal “favorite” for insane hypocrisy, Columbine killer Eric Harris, whose “Guns in Schools” report concluded, “a school is no place for a gun.” And guess who agreed with him:

“First, we believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America’s schools, period … with the rare exception of law enforcement officers or trained security personnel.”

The projection in the gun-grabbers is strong, and it’s fair to surmise how much of not trusting others with guns arises from knowing what’s in their own hearts. In any case, that should not be allowed to have any bearing on the rights of those who suffer no such moral defects and impulse control issues, and the bottom line and undeniable truth is, anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian, a concept that evidently escaped Judge Jackson in the Roby case.

And unlike the gun-grabbers, “our side” even insists on full due process before meting out legal consequences.

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About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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There are no consequences that scare criminals. That’s the problem with our justice system, plea deals and back room decisions. Use a gun in the commission of a crime, go to jail, do not pass go.


– Careful there. When specific bullet types are illegal, shooting them from a (gasp) gun – would become an automatic prison sentence with opportunity for plea deal. Ditto for magazine restrictions and all other infringements. Just drive into New Jersey with an unloaded gun locked in your trunk, or enter California with a lost round under a car seat.
Oh yeah – guess it already does work like that.

Heart of Texas

We obviously need more gun laws for the criminals to be able to plead out on.
IMO, for every plea deal given on a weapons charge, a gun law should be repealed. Shouldn’t be any gun laws on the books after a week.


Oh yeah, good for me but not for thee. We get it, Democrat.


No doubt this lovely prize of a woman was paid to be at that “anti-violence” event. It still amazes me every day there are so many people in our country who are so completely brainwashed by the mainstream media and unable to illicit any level of logical thought.


It must be a common virtue for “progressives, liberal lefties” to excel in hypocrisy.


Good story, should be updated and reposted at least twice a year.


As usual David, spot on! And thanks!!


Trash…just Trash…


“prosecutors agreed to drop three “felony firearm” counts ”
YUP – But fail to COMPLY with “ASSAULT WEAPON” &/or MAGAZINE BANS that disarm law abiding citizens – SERIOUS JAIL TIME!
They’re EMPTYING THE JAILS to make room for you DOMESTIC TERRORISTS who are not “going along with the change” in the NEW PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST STATES of AMERICA!




‘First, we believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America’s schools. Period. With the rare exception of law enforcement officers or trained security personnel. We believe America’s schools should be as safe as America’s airports. You can’t take guns on the airplanes. Such behavior in our schools should be prosecuted. Just as certainly as such behavior in our airports is prosecuted.’ WLP 1999, after the Columbine shooting. Too bad the “quote” above left out that WLP was talking about gun in schools by students, gang bangers, etc. Lies, the domain of the communist democrats… Read more »


Clearly, you’re reading what you want this quote to say, and not what it actually says. “No guns in America’s schools. Period,” and “With the rare exception of law enforcement officers or trained security personnel” are pretty damn clear and specific to anybody who can read English. And there’s nothing in that other link that contradicts it. (Yes, he then goes off specifically about guns in the hands of students, but it has no bearing on the fact that his general prescription doesn’t include armed teachers or staff who aren’t primarily “security professionals.”) It’s time for NRA apologists to stop… Read more »


I am sorry you are so easily swayed to do the communist democrat’s anti-gun work.


“tetejaun” It’s ok WLP trying to keep your cash cow is expected, your time is up.