A so-called “anti-violence activist” who brought a gun to school causing a lockdown, and who then reportedly lied to police about it, has been sentenced to a conditional discharge of 100 hours of community service, WIVB News 4 Buffalo reported Monday. If he completes the service and “stays out of trouble,” Duane Ferguson, president of MAD DADS, “will not face more serious charges possessing a firearm on schools grounds,” which could carry a four-year felony penalty, the report says.
The light sentence seems particularly curious because, even though Ferguson’s attorney says “He completely owns up to it and accepts full responsibility,” that was not always the case. Before pleading guilty and asking for leniency, WIVB reported in February that Ferguson “pleaded not guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon, carrying a loaded firearm on school property and obstruction of governmental administration.”
While yesterday’s report claims “He actually told police during the secondary search that he had his weapon on him,” it omits much of the excuse-making he offered in the earlier report, when WIVB noted “Police say Ferguson lied to officers about having a gun on him during the lockdown.” Adding to credibility questions is his insistence that, despite having a concealed carry permit, he had no idea guns were not allowed to be taken into New York schools, something no informed gun owner would claim with a straight face.
Adding to the dubious nature of the sentence, where Ferguson evidently has avoided a felony conviction and thus becoming a “prohibited person” from owing a gun, is the fact that he was also a committed anti-gun activist, being a big supporter of New York’s SAFE Act, which carries felony criminal penalties for violators. He actually thought the law did not go far enough.
“Our kids are not buying assault weapons, they’re buying pistols and they’re buying them right out of community stores and back here in the school, so this is serious,” he said at the time, adding to the irony of his being busted on gun charges and then asking for leniency. “It needs to go further than what it is.”
For gun rights advocates, as frustrating as it is to see “gun control” proponents getting away with utter hypocrisy, leniency for Ferguson should be viewed as a good thing. The problem is, unless the same tolerance is shown to gun rights advocates running afoul of edicts, an intolerable judicial double standard will exist. Because as things stand now, it appears that in New York, anti-gun activists are positioned to get away with doing the “crime” and not doing time.
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