Panama To Stiffen Penalties For Illegal Gun Possession
Tuesday, June 01 2010 @ 11:22 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: I love this approach. By simply catching a criminal in possession of an illegal firearm, he goes away for six years. Wonderful. I don't know what the penalty is right now but it's probably pretty light. The government should take a two pronged approach to personal and private weapons ownership. First - make it quick and easy for law abiding citizens to arm themselves for personal protection. The good guys are not the bad guys. Secondly, make it very painful for the bad guys to be caught with an illegal weapon. They should also add mandatory sentencing (consecutive, not concurrent) for anyone who commits a crime with a handgun. Let's see, that's six years just for having the gun, ten years for committing a crime using the gun, another ten for discharging the firearm while in the process of committing the robbery (attempted murder), etc. I am all for, and I mean 100% in favor of the rights of individuals to own firearms for self defense. And, I am also completely in favor of throwing criminals in jail for a long, long time who use firearms to break the law in any way. The law needs to be perfectly clear with regards to what you can do, and what you can not do with your firearm. For instance - there was a case of an American citizen who used his personal firearm to protect his family. He shot and killed two of the intruders (of five) - one of them who had his son in a headlock and was dragging him down the hall. The former police officer placed one well-aimed round right between the bad guy's eyes and the rest of them hauled ass. What did the cops do? They confiscated his weapon because it had been used in a fatal shooting, leaving this man defenseless. He had no choice but to pack his family up and move back to the United States - it was only a matter of time before the bad guys would come back to exact revenge. Hey, at least he's back in the US with his entire family to tell the story.