Regular readers, being among the best-informed Americans–not because of me, but because you demonstrate your acumen in comments every day–have surely heard of Shaneen Allen, the 27 year-old single mother of two arrested for daring to carry a handgun in her vehicle during a brief trip to New Jersey. Allen, who, rather than living on the tax dollars of others, works two jobs to support her boys, is now facing a felony conviction and up to ten years in a New Jersey prison.
At The Truth About Guns, my latest article about this warped morality tale is available. It focuses not only on the injustice of Allen’s treatment, but on the enormous discretion available to the police and prosecutors. The police had more than sufficient power to allow Allen to leave, unmolested. The prosecutors have more than sufficient power to drop all charges. They have, thus far, chosen otherwise.
But we’re talking about New Jersey, where criminals, mob bosses and crooked politicians have the full protection of the Constitution, but an honest, hard-working young woman like Allen does not. There is much to learn from this disgusting situation.
Those wishing to contribute to Allen’s defense may go here and here.
You might also with to read Ashe Schow’s excellent article at the Washington Examiner titled: Why Doesn’t The Left Care About Shaneen Allen? The quick answer: yes, she’s black, but she’s self-supporting, and the left’s worship of government and hatred of liberty–particularly firearm freedoms–trumps all.
AKA John Galt said:
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There are no words to describe this type of stupidity! What is happening in our country?
This would be a great place for Governor Christie to show some mercy and leadership by pardoning Ms. Allen.
Scott Zickefoose said:
Ms. Allen, as a working gun owner, is an easy target for law enforcement to prosecute. She likely made things worse for herself when she was initially arrested by being honest, cooperative, and answering questions. These are things that we normally do in civilized society that the current crop of politically motivated district attorneys take advantage of to make themselves look good. If reason prevails here (big ‘if’) it will only happen at trial. As it stands the best she could get at this point is to be “let off”. That may be a good thing, but her life is still ruined because her employers found someone else to do her work and she will have a fight to get her kids back from the local equivalent of Child Protective Services.
The extent of damage from criminal accusation goes much farther than most folks realize.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Scott Zickefoose:
Alan Reasin said:
Here an additional rub; even if she is given a light sentence or probation, if the conviction COULD have allowed the judge to give her a 2 year sentence or more, under federal law she loses her 2nd Amendment rights. I have a carry permit and I am very careful about how and when I carry if for no other reason than the federal law. A case of a MD guy given probation for a minor crime in his youth and decades later the feds caught up with him causing him to lose his firearms and his 2nd Amendment rights is working its way through the court system.
If you get married and have children in Pennsylvania, your children will not suddenly become illegitimate if you travel to New Jersey. If you have a valid driver’s license in California, and you drive to Las Vegas on vacation, you won’t get arrested for driving without a license in Nevada. But when it comes to concealed carry permits, reciprocity goes down the drain.
And, yes, if Ms. Allen is found guilty, even if she gets a suspended sentence or probation, she will still be a convicted felon, and will be legally barred from owning a firearm in all fifty states. Meanwhile, drunk drivers, even after causing fatal accidents, get suspended sentences and don’t even lose their drivers’ licenses. And muggers are released from prison before their victims are released from the hospital.
And if Shaneen Allen were a carjacker with a long history of violent crime, and if she had shot the cop with a stolen gun, then every civil rights activist in the country (along with every limousine liberal in Hollywood, and every coffee shop intellectual in New York) would be rallying to her cause.
unreal what the hell happened to America
She is black….that’s why…Where is Al Sharpton
or Jackson ?
Mike McDaniel said:
Sharpton and Jackson are nowhere to be found because…gun!
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