Jacqueline in Texas sent in this story, which my good friend DaddyBear has an excellent take on as well.
New Black Panther who sparked voter intimidation probe in 2008 arrested on gun charges
A member of the New Black Panther Party who sparked a federal probe for voter intimidation in 2008 has been arrested on gun charges in New York.Now, I'll admit. It's tempting to chuckle and laugh at Shabazz, and think that he's getting what he deserves. In a way, he is - you ignore the gun laws of your location at great peril to your own freedom; even more so when going to an area known to be actively hostile to guns and gun owners.This is little different than the guy who gets bagged bringing a pistol along for his stay in New York City - if you're staying somewhere outside of your own state, the onus is on you to comply with all gun laws.
King Samir Shabazz, a 41-year-old Philadelphia street preacher and national field marshal for the New Black Panther Party, was arrested late Thursday in Harlem after NYPD officers spotted him with wearing a bulletproof vest and a loaded, unlicensed handgun.
With that said, though, this is a complete and utter farce. Shabazz was stopped for "wearing a bulletproof vest"? It was under his clothing - are the NYPD now using special "bulletproof vest detecting rays" now? On what grounds did they have to search him? I mean, other than he was black, of course - there's that whole "stop and frisk" program they have going on there in NYC.
Well, DaddyBear, I'll put up. This is bulls**t, plain and simple. While I agree that we shouldn't need a slip of paper to exercise our enumerated right, the fact is that we do, and that Mr. Shabazz armed himself in NY at his own freedom's peril. He's facing some serious trouble - felony charges and up to 15 years in jail - for not obeying the laws of the locality. "I didn't know it was wrong" is a lousy excuse - it doesn't work for my kids; it shouldn't work for a grown man.
That he was stopped and frisked in the first place is also bulls**t. The NYPD had no cause to stop him, let alone frisk him; without the felony stop - for, what? standing there? - they wouldn't have found the revolver he was carrying. Had he been showing it off, or carrying it openly, that's a different story; however the fact remains that the gun was discovered only after an illegal and unconstitutional search. I hope he gets a nice settlement from the NYPD.
That is, of course, assuming Holder doesn't pardon him first...
That is all.