Fresh off the top of the "you just can't make this stuff up" stack comes this tale of Dwayne Ferguson, a community organizer in Buffalo, New York, who, after spending a ton of time and energy on bullying the state legislature into making it a felony to bring a concealed weapon into any school grounds, was arrested after he personally sparked a lockdown and SWAT response by carrying his own concealed firearm into a school.
Community activist charged after gun scare at school
This is a guy who, until recently, believed that if you or I took our lawfully-carried handguns into a school, we deserved to go to prison. And now here he is, right where he wanted us to be. Of course now, he's trying to lie his way out, assisted by "associates" and police sources who keep telling us that they don't think that he had any wrongful intent.
Associates defend man who had gun in school
Well here's a newsflash, defenders of Dwayne: None of the other citizens who have concealed weapons permits likely have any wrongful intent either, but I doubt that you'd be so quick to stand up for one of them should they have walked into that school to pick up their sick kid or attend a parent-teacher meeting with their own firearms. No, most of you would be calling for them to go to jail, and until a few days ago, Dwayne Ferguson would have been standing right next to you with a megaphone, demanding full prosecution for the offender. So how can any of you make excuses for him now?
And speaking of excuses, Dwayne's excuse that "he didn't know that he was carrying his handgun" is total crap and anyone who has ever carried a handgun knows it. I've personally carried one nearly every day for two decades and there hasn't been a moment in all that time that I was unaware of it's presence on my person. Aside from the weight and bulk, you develop a certain mindset that revolves around the weapon on your hip and it becomes part and parcel of the way that you walk, move, act, etc., It's no more possible to forget that it's there than you could forget wearing a backpack full of rocks. And even if we credit Dwayne's claim--and I don't for one minute--it still doesn't excuse him not stepping forward when he learned that the police were there looking for a man with a gun. But he did that, too. He stood there with his concealed pistol and let the police manhandle every single kid in that school and a good number of the other adults after that search turned up nothing. It wasn't until they got around to searching him as one of the last adults in the building that the weapon was discovered. Are you going to tell me that he didn't remember that he had it once during all of that time? Don't bother, because I won't buy it.
Now Dwayne is facing the same felony charge that he wanted put on any of the rest of us, and I find myself in the position of actually supporting a law that I would normally oppose, because as much as I disagree with felony charges for law-abiding citizens exercising their rights to enter public buildings, I'm willing to make an exception, just this once, in Dwayne's case. You see, it's what he would have wanted had it been any of the rest of us. And had it been any of the rest of us, you can bet that the District Attorney and the presiding judge would be going forward with a felony case. Let's see if this travesty spins out into some sort of special break, just for Dwayne Ferguson.