Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that NFL star Plaxico Burress has been sentenced to two years in prison for “criminal possession of a weapon” and “reckless endangerment.” Plaxico had a gun in the waistline of his pants at a nightclub, it slipped, and as he went to grab it, the gun went off, shooting him in the leg in the process–yet injuring no one else. And now he is going to jail for two years.
Forget for a second that the United States Constitution states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Plaxico Burress is famous football player with no history of major criminal actions. It is pretty safe to assume that Mr. Burress was carrying the gun to protect himself prom any possible threats, rather than with the intent of committing a crime.
The man shot himself in the leg. No one else was injured. The fact that the presence of the gun “could have” resulted in injury to someone else is irrelevant. The truth of the matter is that no one except for Plaxico Burress was injured.
Anyone, whether they are a celebrity like Plaxico or a “regular Joe” has the right to defend themselves. The right to bear arms is protected by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. It is my opinion that the right to self defense is a natural and inalienable right of man. This idea comes to me directly from the works of John Locke.
A law that violates the spirit and the letter of the Constitution, as well as “natural law” is an unjust law.
Plaxico will be going to prison with rapists and murderers for the next two years as a result of New York’s unjust “law” concerning guns. His young son will be left without a father for the next two years because the city of New York rejects the right of a man to defend himself.
As I said above, Plaxico was almost certainly carrying this weapon as a defensive measure to use only in case of a hostile threat. Sentencing a productive, non-violent member of society for two years for this offense is an affront to justice, as well as an affront to the Constitution of the United States of America.
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