While reading Tom Knapp’s posting Final Betrayals Watch: Bush frees Ramos, Compean, I noticed a comment by Anton Sherwood pointing out a press release from Gun Owners of America. The GOA press release noted that Ramos and Compean were convicted of “Discharge of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence,” which isn’t a crime per se under the law. Nor should it be — what does it matter what the means of violent crime is? The injured party is still hurt, regardless of whether a gun, knofe, baseball bat, truncheon, or taser was used.
What’s the scoop for the future here?
First, as Tom notes at the end of his posting, if you’re one of the gun-carrying, badge-wearing Anointed Ones, you’ve got more leeway to use the general population for target practice, as Ramos and Compean did with the suspect here. If you’re the person being targeted, you’re in for prison time if you defend yourself with a firearm and survive the experience.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Andrew Davis, the LP’s “Communications Director,” recently posted a blog entry titled Bush Gets Ramos/Compean Commutation Right, that apparently sanctions this Open Season upon us by our self-appointed Ruling Classholes.