Should Felons Have Guns?

Written by Kathryn A. Graham

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Karl was a former police officer and gun collector who owned (completely legally!) a number of Class III firearms. He also remains a close friend.

KB wasrepparttar full time admin sergeant for a nearby Texas National Guard armory, and was known quite well by my husband, Seth, to be an ATF snitch. No friend of mine!

What tied us all together way back in those days was our common sport – skydiving. We also did a lot of recreational shooting down at one end ofrepparttar 126054 Seagoville airport, where there was a garbage dump with a nice rise of ground behind. It was a good, legal, and safe place to plink atrepparttar 126055 empty beer cans already lying there, well away from any city limits. The airport owner didn’t mind at all, and it was free.

Seth, Bill and I were all inrepparttar 126056 Texas Army National Guard, and Bill and I went away to jump school atrepparttar 126057 same time in 1980. Seth was violently jealous and completely convinced that Bill and I were having an affair. It happened to be untrue, but even if it had been completely true, anyone who has been through military jump school knows quite well that we wouldn’t have hadrepparttar 126058 strength for hanky panky while there. But nothing could convince Seth of this.

Along aboutrepparttar 126059 same time, unknown to any ofrepparttar 126060 rest of us, my other friend, Karl, made an unfortunate enemy of an ATF officer. He had one of his Class III weapons at a gun show in Dallas. He was walking toward his car to go home, whenrepparttar 126061 ATF agent actually tried to snatchrepparttar 126062 weapon off his shoulder. Karl was a licensed peace officer who took his responsibility to maintain control of his Class III weapons very seriously. Karl putrepparttar 126063 agent onrepparttar 126064 ground, with a pistol torepparttar 126065 back of his head, until said agent produced satisfactory identification. The humiliated agent was completely unable to find any justification for arresting Karl, as all of Karl’s paperwork was 100% in order, transfer taxes paid, etc., but it wasrepparttar 126066 start of a personal vendetta.

I graduated from jump school, wised up soon after and divorced Seth. I think if I had stayed with him any longer, I would not be here to write this article today. Seth was very bitter and very angry, but like most bullies of his type, he preferred back-biting to a straight up fight. He came up with a plan and talked to his friend KB, as Bill frequently went to KB’s armory to shoot atrepparttar 126067 range there.

Soon after, a new guy started shooting atrepparttar 126068 same armory and began to actively court Bill’s friendship. This went on for a number of weeks. Finally, Bill’s new friend admitted that he was shopping for a really good price on an Ingram Mac-10. Bill told him he thought that automatic weapons were a waste of good ammunition, so he didn’t know of any, but he said that if he ever heard of one for sale, he’d passrepparttar 126069 info on.

Knowing what I know now, I suspect thatrepparttar 126070 undercover snot ball involved was losing his mind right about then.

A couple of weeks later, Bill was out at Seagoville for some other reason, and he was doing a little shooting. A car drove up with a guy and his family, including kids. He said he’d heardrepparttar 126071 shooting fromrepparttar 126072 road, and stopped in to talk to another gun enthusiast. Would you care to hazard a guess as to what he pulled out of his car?

Yep. An Ingram Mac-10.

He went on to give Bill a huge sob story about how he and his family were moving out of state (right then) and desperately needed money, and he – you guessed it – wanted and needed to sellrepparttar 126073 Ingram rather desperately.

Bill always was a pushover. He boughtrepparttar 126074 Ingram for cash, took it back to his office, and called his other friend to tell him gleefully that he’d found his gun for him.

Both buyer and seller showed up to arrest him. Yes, they were both ATF agents.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that’s entrapment, when both sides ofrepparttar 126075 transaction are undercover agents. ATF is not concerned with minor details likerepparttar 126076 law, however.

The feds offered to drop all charges if Bill would get them some prosecutable info on Karl. Bill told them – quite honestly – that he couldn’t do it even if he wanted to, as Karl never, never did anything illegal.

Bill was indeed guilty of failure to payrepparttar 126077 transfer tax – a minor offense. There was never any criminal intent. But a senile federal judge (Sarah T. Hughes, just about two weeks before she fell offrepparttar 126078 bench from a massive stroke) prosecuted Bill torepparttar 126079 fullest ridiculous extent ofrepparttar 126080 law, and he spentrepparttar 126081 next two years inrepparttar 126082 federal penitentiary.

When all was said and done, Bill lost:

1.Two years of his life. 2.His business, as most of his work was for military and government agencies and required a security clearance. 3.His right to vote. 4.His right to ever hold any public office (he is well respected in his community and often asked to run for City Council, etc., but he cannot). 5.His right to ever own another firearm – i.e., his right to self defense.

Why did he lose all of this? Because he dared to treat me civilly and thereby made my crazy ex-husband really angry!

Should he have lost his right to self-defense because my ex was a certifiable nut case? Don’t be absurd!

To make matters even more interesting, my wonderful ex-hubbie “Seth” can purchase any firearm he likes these days. His record is absolutely clean. And that’srepparttar 126083 scariest thought I’ve had all day.

So should felons keeprepparttar 126084 right to own firearms?

As long asrepparttar 126085 system remains broken this way, I say they should.

Got any rotten tomatoes to throw at me?

At a tiny 5'1", Kathryn A. Graham is a licensed private investigator, pilot, aircraft mechanic and handgun instructor in Texas. Also a prolific author, she has written numerous articles, short stories and a science fiction novel.

Handguns - A Moral Imperative

Written by Kathryn A. Graham

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It would be absolute horror, and it would be inevitable.

Okay, bad idea. So let’s keep a few guns, just forrepparttar cops andrepparttar 126053 military. That should solverepparttar 126054 problem, right?


The founding fathers of this country knew what they were doing when they wroterepparttar 126055 Bill of Rights in 1781 AD. In that day and age, it was unthinkable for a grown man not to have weapons, so why did they need to specifically state thatrepparttar 126056 right to keep and bear arms was sacred?

They said this because most of them had come here from Europe, from countries where they had good reason to fear governmental authority. Most European countries were already beginning to disarm their citizens, and an intelligent man didn’t need a roadmap to see where this was going. An armed government and a disarmed populace is an absolute guarantee of tyranny.

This is whatrepparttar 126057 U.N. wants to do to you. They want you to surrender your arms meekly and begrepparttar 126058 protection of your government. They want to permanently forbid you to sell arms to less fortunate men and women anywhere inrepparttar 126059 world who are shedding blood to resist tyranny. Of course, keep in mind thatrepparttar 126060 men and women who are trying to make this decision for you are all representatives of various governments themselves, and many of those governments are very repressive indeed. Small wonder they want their people disarmed and kept that way! It might help to keep their collective hides unperforated for just a bit longer.

I believe it is time to remove our nation fromrepparttar 126061 United Nations, and to removerepparttar 126062 United Nations – forcibly if necessary – from U.S. soil. Have you written your congressman to say so?

Is it moral to carry arms? You bet it is! When I enter your home or your business with a firearm, concealed or otherwise, I am tacitly agreeing to share with yourepparttar 126063 responsibility for defending your property and your family. When I eat inrepparttar 126064 same restaurant, I am prepared to shed my blood in your defense. There are survivors ofrepparttar 126065 horror at Luby’s in Killeen, Texas, who would appreciate what I am saying here.

I will never, never need to ask some poor cop to die for me. I value my own life enough to defend it myself. I carry arms proudly, as a free American.

Do you?

At a tiny 5'1", Kathryn A. Graham is a licensed private investigator, pilot, aircraft mechanic and handgun instructor in Texas. Also a prolific author, she has written numerous articles, short stories and a science fiction novel.

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