POLITICS & POLICY | GIVE CONVICTS & FELONS THEIR GUN RIGHTS BACK

 

Nonviolent felons should get their gun rights back within 3 years.

 

Violent felons should get their gun rights back in 10 years if clean.

 

Yeah, I said it.

 

Upon many days of thought I have to say that I have come to the conclusion that those convicted of a felony should be able to get their gun rights back. The reason why I’m holding this position is because it is unfair to constantly remind someone that they made a bad decision day in and day out for the rest of their lives, especially if they have served their time and have demonstrated their willingness to turn their lives around. With that said, I want to make something crystal clear, felons should be allowed to get their right to own firearms back if they meet certain conditions. Now I know that many people that are reading this are going to say:

 

“Hell to the naw they shouldn’t”.

 

But I would quickly remind those kinds of people that it isn’t right to marginalize people and label people. As a Sociologist I have extensively studied the effects of marginalization and labeling as its counter-productive and there are way more negatives than positives. Even more than that, when we marginalize and label people what we really are doing is enforcing systematic discrimination against people. The last time I checked no one likes to be discriminated against no matter what side of the fence you are on.

 

So, with that being said I am publicly coming out to say that nonviolent felons should get their right to own firearms back within 3 years. When I say nonviolent I’m talking about the person that has drug charges and things of that nature. Hell, maybe they got busted drinking and driving, who knows? But one thing I do know is that people can change and I’m living proof of that and I’m quite sure many of you are as well. I professionally think that 3 years is fair enough provided that they are employed, can pass a drug test, pass a psychological evaluation and haven’t caused any trouble since. You know, they are doing the right thing by “being a productive member of society”.

Felon turned Pastor  Don Wong & he has a right to life.

 

When it comes to violent felons I hold the position that the wait time should be 10 years. The reason for this is because many violent felons suffer from a lack of self-control. I’m just being honest. Just as with the nonviolent felon, I professionally think other determining factors that should play a role in getting them a shot at getting their gun rights back is that that they find employment, pass a drug test, pass a psychological evaluation and that they haven’t caused any trouble since.

 

I know this may seem controversial, but I’ve given this much thought. I’m mean we’ve tried the other way – which is currently flat out denying them. The question is: “Is it working?” Many would argue no for the same fact that if a violent felon what’s to get their hands on a firearm, they only need to come to a Texas Gun Show. Hell, they don’t even do background checks. Come to think of it, shit they’d barely give you a receipt for a bill of sale. I’m just saying, if a “bad guy” wants a gun they will get a gun. There’s nothing you can do about it.

Convict turned Judge, The Honorable Judge Mathis & he has a right to life

 

I also think that if we wish to see people change for the better we need to give them some sort of motivation or incentive to do better. If we take away the opportunity for people to do right, then almost by default we are locking people into a life of perpetual wrong doing thus, they more than likely will become a repeat offender. In just boils down to a “damned if you do damned if you don’t situation.

 

I’m just saying don’t they [felons] have the right to defend their lives too. Who are we to deny their right to life? Are we saying that because someone becomes a felon that their life is worth less than ours? If we want to keep it real most people become felons out of circumstance and because they didn’t have the ability to afford a good attorney; not because they are inherently “bad people”.

 

This is not to say that we don’t just have some bad apples out there because we always will. That’s life. But let’s keep in 187,000G. If a man cannot find decent employment that actually allows him to live in a decent neighborhood and allows him to provide for his family for years and out of desperation he turns to trappin’ to provide for his family, does that make him a “bad person” that should have his rights to own a firearm striped away from him? I don’t think so.

Felon turned model Alexander Denning & he has a right to life 

 

In contrast, is it right that a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet gets burned out because she has to work 2 and 3 jobs and still doesn’t make enough money and can’t get food stamps but ends up turning to prostitution because she really needs that money but continuously gets busted thus she becomes a felon? I’m just saying we need to reevaluate what we are doing here. I can hear it now:

 

“But these people have broken the Law!”

 

My response to that is so have you at some point. Furthermore, since most people become felon out of circumstance more than likely you would run the risk of becoming a convicted felon too if you were in their situation and had to take care of your family. It’s crazy because people are all for enforcing laws until its them on the shitty end of the stick.

 

When it comes to violent felons – I can say that many people change in 10 years’ time. Yeah, they may have made a really bad decision but that was 10 years ago – they’ve served their time, they’ve paid their debt to society. What more do you want? Again, I say if they have stayed off drugs, are employed and are have been doing the right thing by staying out of trouble for 10 years straight, I think that many will continue to stay on that track. Let them have their gun rights back. That’s some food for thought.

 

Remember, people always want to enforce laws until its them on the shitty end of the stick.

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