New York Anti-Gun Zealot Arrested for Taking Gun to School, Wants Absolution

-By Warner Todd Huston

Dwayne Ferguson an African American community activist and vehement anti-gun campaigner who worked tirelessly for New York’s gun grabbing SAFE Act was arrested last week for carrying a concealed weapon into a grade school. He said he “forgot” he had the gun on him and wants to be given a pass on the violation.

Last week, Ferguson, the leader of the extremist anti-gun group MAD DADS, was the cause of a lockdown of Harvey Austin Elementary, in Buffalo, New York. Police responded to a call about a man with a gun on school grounds with their search ending when they found Ferguson’s handgun.

The activist, who helps run an after-school program, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, including having a loaded weapon on school grounds–charges now enhanced by the anti-gun SAFE Act. He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison for the violation.

He pleaded not guilty to the crime saying he should be given a pass because he merely “forgot” that he had his pistol on him and since he has a legal concealed carry permit he thinks he should be let off the hook.

But this isn’t the rule he fought so hard to enact. Thanks in part to his own efforts, it is currently illegal to bring a gun into a school unless you are an on-duty policeman. Period. There are no other exceptions.

Naturally, Ferguson’s anti-gun pals are crying to have him released from his crime. Why, he should be let go because, heck, he means well, dang it!

Take for instance, the pleads from Reverend James E. Giles in the pages of the Buffalo News.

“I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” said Rev. James E. Giles, a friend of Ferguson and president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “We know this for a fact, that he called out to a Buffalo police lieutenant asking why the school was in lockdown, and that they were looking for a man with a gun.

“Dwayne’s reaction was to get his kids – he had about 50 of them – and make sure they were safe,” Giles explained. “He led them into the cafeteria and closed the doors.”

Yeah. Ferguson was protecting the kids… from himself? He was the one with the evil, evil gun, after all.

Of course, the whole thing of the matter is that anti-gun extremists don’t care about the individual and his well-meaning ideas. Guns are evil and anyone that has one is instantly assumed to be a murderous criminal. Ah, but when it’s one of their own, why the rules should be set aside because, gosh darn it, they are the good guys.

The Rev. Giles isn’t the only hypocrite coming to the aide of this criminal. George Johnson, president of Buffalo United Front, dismissed the whole thing saying that “mental lapses happen” and that Ferguson should be let off because, “things happen.”

Now, as a supporter of the Second Amendment, I see absolutely no reason why a law-abiding citizen shouldn’t be allowed to carry his legally carried weapon into a school. In fact, I encourage it to serve as a way to prevent mass shootings in areas that are usually deemed an absurd “gun free zone” where murderers can roam hallways killing indiscriminately and without worry of being opposed.

Further, I am sure that Ferguson did nothing wrong in essence. However, he did violate ethics and morals, not to mention hypocritically violating the very law he pushed so hard to have enacted. By being an anti-gun activist who carries a gun is hypocrisy in and of itself.

The full weight of the law should come down on this creep’s head. If he is cut a break even in the smallest of ways, it will prove that the “law” is not the rule. It will show that anti-gun nuts will be given breaks while Second Amendment supporters will be unfairly prosecuted.

Dwayne Ferguson must be sentenced to the maximum jail time… or the law should be vacated for everyone.
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