Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

WA gun sting brings guilty pleas

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Dave Workman, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Dave Workman

    Dave Workman Western Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    3,223
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    WA gun sting should have been model for Fast & Furious

    Guilty pleas have already been entered by two of four Washington State men indicted earlier this year in a gun sting operation mounted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and how ATF handled this should have provided a model for their colleagues in Arizona who launched Operation Fast and Furious.


    WA gun sting should have been model for Fast & Furious - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com
     
  2. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    1,013
    Of course the assumption here is that there should be ANY restrictions on who buys and sells commonly available firearms. There should not be.
     
    Redcap and (deleted member) like this.
  3. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,035
    Likes Received:
    1,730
    You realize the intent behind dealers is to avoid giving firearms to felons, right?
    F- them...
     
  4. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    1,013
     
  5. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    824
    Likes Received:
    187
    Yes, the law of the land should literally be "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.", that means no places we are required to go during a normal life should have infringements, nor during a traffic stop if no felonies have been committed. No officer in any capacity of the government and states should be able to defraud you and me of that right, period.
    I also agree with what you said about former convicts, if they can't be trusted with a gun keep them locked up.
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  6. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,035
    Likes Received:
    1,730
    Right, and I guess we should also get rid of the three strike laws then? After all, what is the point of permanently punishing someone who has already served their penance to society?

    I guess you think that criminals can also be rehabilitated as well then?

    Washington, Oregon and California (9th Court Circuit) has the most liberal justice system in the United States. Am I saying that adding more laws to the books is effective? No. Am I saying that a criminal cares how many laws he/she breaks when they make the conscience choice to victimize someone? No. But I AM glad that criminals have to use other means to buy firearms and I am glad that when they get caught with a firearm they go back to jail. Oh, and I am DOUBLE GLAD that they get to stay longer in prison if they use a weapon to commit said crime.

    Oh, and I'm also glad that they can no longer register to vote.


    What you fail to realize is that although he/she may have served their penance, has the victim seen justice? An individual who has been raped, or a mother than has their child lost through a heinous and senseless crime- have they actually seen justice? Can you honestly believe that a criminal has suddenly learned the error of their ways and should get everything restored? Sex offenders shouldn't have to register with their parole officers because they've "served their time"?

    Give me a break!
     
  7. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    824
    Likes Received:
    187
    So, basically you are saying they can't ever be forgiven?
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    10,392
    Likes Received:
    7,615
    On the majority ,no. Most of the guys in prison will re-offend.Some who have served still have little anger problems and owning a gun isn't the safest thing.
    And where will we house all these guys? The ones who got a shortened sentence,because of over crowding.
    Can we build another prison in your back yard?

    I agree with reinstating a non violent felons rights as long as they have shown they are in fact,rehabilitated. (ie:,they went through a drug program or have gotten a job so they don't need to steal any more)

    But most violent criminals have a problem with going right back to what they know,what they grew up doing.
    What their parents or family taught them.
     
  9. MikeSettles

    MikeSettles Vancouver, Washington Active Member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    116
    1. If they present a continuing violent threat to law-abiding citizens (can't be rehabilitated) then they should be put out of "our" misery, either by locking them up & throwing away the key, or by killing them.

    2. No violent threat, and done their penance to society (and their victims)? All rights restored.

    I don't care much for Martha Stewart, but she is the perfect example of why the law is an overreach: Convicted of perjury (a felony in that jurisdiction), NOT of insider trading (as some believe). Served her time (for an essentially victimless crime). Restore her rights: Why should she NOT be allowed to arm herself for her own self-defense? (Barbara Feinstein and Charles Shumer are legally armed - and they should be charged/convicted of felony disregard of their oaths of office.)
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  10. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,035
    Likes Received:
    1,730
    Now THAT is another debate entirely. Misterbill stated that once the "felon" hit the streets they've automatically served their penance- he made no particular mention of their crime; thus I cannot agree that all felons should have all their rights fully restored. I can agree that if the individual doesn't have a violent offense then maybe they should have their gun rights restored. Having said that, what do you think about a felon's right to vote or serve jury?
     
  11. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    824
    Likes Received:
    187
    Most violent offenders can never earn my trust, but plenty of people have been incarcerated who have never threatened anyone physically.

    I remember that little gal in Texas who murdered people with a pickaxe, and went through a change from the inside out that had nothing to do with prison's effects beyond making her realize that she was in need of a total change. Even the guards said she was a different person, and there were many tears shed over her execution. She on the other hand did not try to escape death, she knew she had earned it. That was a very very rare story though, but I would let her walk behind me with a gun, or a pickaxe.

    To deny people their constitutional rights can be considered to be a secondary punishment, as can confiscation of assets, something to consider.

    Question, is it possible that zealous law enforcement people bull their way into areas of denial of constitutional rights that the originators never foresaw? Is it possible that "Emergencies" like war are used at times to "temporarily" deny rights that have never been gained back? Unfair taxation is not so much a constitutional issue but it sure has been an area where authorities have laid waste to the people during war and never given the freedom from their temporary ways back.

    I really like Ronald Reagan's statement, "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem". All laws made during wartime should face a vote within five years after hostilities are finished if they are not rescinded, IMHO. I really believe that the founding fathers thought the end of a prison term would be the end of punishment, but maybe I'm wrong.
    In the end the rights of non offenders should outweigh the rights of those who have a criminally violent past, because violence is a personality trait that goes back to early childhood for most people, and it is therefor hard to break free from those early traits.
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  12. MikeSettles

    MikeSettles Vancouver, Washington Active Member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    116
    Sorry - wrote you a long diatribe and then lost it when Explorer went ppphhhhhtttt!

    Suffice to say that in most jurisdictions, felons CAN have voting rights, etc. reinstated by petition after they have shown themselves to be no more threat to re-offend for some period. They may even have their right to firearms returned EXCEPT if they fall under Laughtenburg.

    Consider that before the 1960s, rights were automatically reinstated after they served their time. And in the 1800s, ANY effort to take ANY LIMIT on 2A rights for ANYONE was viewed with repugnence by courts at all levels. My how times have changed!
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  13. MikeSettles

    MikeSettles Vancouver, Washington Active Member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    116
    I think that anything passed into law during the heat of conflict should automatically be voided once "Victory is Declared", else the post-war vote would usually be to retain the power the government took for itself. As you said, they don't give up power easily once they've got it!
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  14. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    1,013
    ATF hasnt processed requests for relief in years.
     
    Blitzkrieg and (deleted member) like this.
  15. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    1,013
    If you're so dangerous you can't be trusted with a gun, why are we letting you back on the street?

    And then of course there's the whole plethora of "felonies" with no victim at all. Bought a fish for your aquarium that wasn't on the approved list? Felon. Yes, this just makes me feel ever so much safer. Or, how about a DUI? In several states the penalty for first time DUI makes you a federally prohibited person forever. So we're all safer because someone who drove drunk once can't own a gun for self defense?

    There's a reason we have a recidivism rate that's many times higher than most other countries. One of them is making people who've served every day of their sentence into permanent second-class citizens.

    And with the ridiculously long list of "felonies" that injure no one and steal no money from anyone, trying to say all "felons" should be barred from owning a gun is just plain silly.
     
  16. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,021
    Likes Received:
    154
    Would you trust a 2 time child molestor to watch your kids? Would you want a 2 time felon for armed robbery being your neighbor even though they both served their so called sentence?

    I sure the **** would not. It's proven 8 out of 10 will reoffend and that is almost a given they will.

    Your a trusting person where I am not and don't believe they should have guns and you can not keep them in jail for what people think they may do after their time has been served. We just have to wait until they do it again.
     
  17. MikeSettles

    MikeSettles Vancouver, Washington Active Member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    116
    Recognize the fact that if they want a gun, they will get a gun. Some will do it so that they can re-offend; others just so that they can defend themselves: As second-class citizens, they know that they are set up to be prey for the predators. "Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six!"
    Besides, you are (as 1986 GCA does) lumping ALL "felons" together: See MisterBills' comment above.
     
  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    10,392
    Likes Received:
    7,615
    Yeah about that "treating them like second class citizens" BS

    If you wouldn't have robbed the bank or whatever,that put you in prison,in the first place,we wouldn't be "treating you like a second class citizen" now would we?

    You can go get your felony expunged.If you didn't do something real bad/violent,then you should be able to get it changed. So felons can own guns afterwards.
     
  19. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    392
    If you are a violent criminal - you do not deserve a second chance - better luck in your next life. What have they done but served a term behind bars that they did not want to in the first place, they have done nothing but detracted from society. They made the choice in the first place to break the law - they by due process have lost thier right. I do not believe in a life sentence I beleive in a death sentence. Multiple offenders should not have a three strike and your out clause - it should be three strikes and you are gone. A violent criminal should have no rights at all.
    A society cannot survive with out laws and those laws must have teeth or there is no law, hence no society.
    James
     
  20. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    392
    To me it sounds like the people that think felons should have guns are the felons themselves - to them I say too bad. Should not have screwed up in the first place.

    James