Today's post is a follow-on to one that I wrote back on March 1, 2009. That one started with an article in the Alaska Daily News on 2-27-2009 that reported that a Simon G. McCamy had been indicted on three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Back then, I wrote that I was glad that the US Attorney was pursuing these charges because, while I'm all about increased gun rights and CCW for every law-abiding citizen, I didn't and still don't want bad people possessing guns, and by and large, felons are typically bad people and most of them are the sort of people that the rest of us choose to carry firearms for protection against.
This article has garnered the odd comment every now and again, many by people claiming to be reformed felons who describe minor infractions committed decades ago which now prevent them from owning firearms. Some, if true, are worthy of sympathy, to be sure. I've always made it my policy to approve for posting each one that wasn't obscene or personally insulting so they're there for any reader who wants to go back and look at them. Such readers will also see that, beginning a couple of days ago, I started getting comments from a Christina Barry, friend of Simon McCamy (according to her Google+ circle). She called me "stupix" and said that I didn't know anything about Simon's case and that he only had two DWIs and that he's just a nice guy who works 70 hours a week and walks on water in his spare time. Well having nothing better to do last night sine I work up and could not get back to sleep, I hauled the iPad off the night table and from the comfort of my warm, cozy, Germans-Shepherd-surrounded bed, I discovered some information about Mr. Simon McCamy that indicates that Miss Barry is either being disingenuous or doesn't know him as well as she thinks that she does.
Simon McCamy, Ketchikan, Alaska. W/M DOB 11-06-1978. Info from CourtView.
For the sake of brevity, I've left out his numerous traffic offences.
3-30-1996. 1st DWI arrest. 17 yrs old. Looks like they pled this one down to refusal to take a chemical test. Paid a $500 fine, or rather Marjorie McCamy paid it. I'm assuming that she's his mom.
7-1-1996, he was arrested for driving on that suspended drivers license. He couldn't even drive right for four months.
12-01-1998, we had another arrest. This was his second DWI arrest. Again he refused to take the chemical test, and his drivers license was still suspended. This one got him $1200 in additional fines (paid by Marjorie), a revoked drivers license, and time spent in the Ketchikan Correctional Complex. He's just 20 years old now.
6-24-1999. Arrested again for driving with his license suspended/revoked. This got him 10 more days in jail and got Marjorie another $250 fine.
He managed to keep his nose clean until 5-19-2002, and then he got his third DWI, this one a felony under Alaska's laws. He actually took this one to trial and wound up convicted. This time he was charged with resisting arrest as well, but the court subsequently dismissed that one. This one got him a two-year sentence, with 610 days suspended and 120 days in jail. He also got fined $5000 this time, which Marjorie paid.
In 2008, Simon was really a bad boy. On 5-30-2008, he was arrested again for driving without a license. (Yeah, eff the court, right Simon?) He was arrested again for Assault 3--a felony--and Domestic Violence on 10-14-2008. These were dismissed a year later during the trial process for some reason, however he was also arrested again on the following day--10-16-2008 and charged with felony witness tampering and unlawful contact, meaning that he violated a court-ordered protective order. He was found guilty on that and given another 2 year sentence, although I can't tell how much of that was actually spent incarcerated. There were more fines too, but Marjorie paid those, just like she put up his bail during this and the previous trial processes.
And now we come current. On 7-11-2013, the dumb ass got himself arrested for DWI yet again. (He just doesn't seem to learn, folks.) For some reason, they kept this one a misdemeanor but he got a year in jail suspended, with 30 days to serve, and he was only ordered to report to the jail on January 6th of this year, which is just a few days before his one-woman fan club, Christina Barry, began calling me "stupid" for not knowing that he was a really nice, hard-working guy.
But alas, Christina, I can read CourtView, and in CourtView I can find all sorts of records, including Simon McCamy's record, and even one for a Christina Lea Barry, born 8-1-1973, who was charged on 7-19-2013 with Theft 2--a Class C felony--and who is currently awaiting sentencing. Is that you, Christina? If so, write back from time to time and let us know how that case works out, k?
And now back to Simon McCamy again. It's fair to ask if Simon McCamy is one of these dangerous bad people that should be barred from ever possessing a firearm again. Some may argue that he's not, despite a record of domestic violence, fighting the police, and multiple DWIs that by themselves indicate extremely poor judgement and a pretty clear substance abuse problem. I can't honestly say for sure because, other than by his record, I don't know the guy. But the timing on the federal cases (which being federal, are not in CourtView) and the instances of him being found in possession of firearms in 2008 suggests that he had one on his person during his domestic violence arrest and his arrest the next day for witness tampering and violation of the protective order, and that's enough to convince me that his federal charges were appropriate and that his community won't be any less safe if he's permanently disarmed or incarcerated. Truth be told, it might actually be a better place as a result.
Everyone makes mistakes. I get that. But this guy's been making them for twenty years and shows no signs of changing his ways. So excuse me if I don't go hold a vigil demanding that his firearm rights be restored tomorrow.
Back to you, Christina Barry. And anyone else's thoughts are welcome as well.