Conventional wisdom says criminals are back in your neighborhood before cops finish the paperwork. It’s a dilemma because our first responsibility is protecting our families, and the criminal can almost immediately return to your home. Worse yet, our criminal justice system is primarily concerned with the criminal’s well-being.
SHOT Show Shenanigans
The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), held in Las Vegas in January, is coming up. Attendance is restricted to members of the industry: media and commercial buyers and sellers of military, hunting, law enforcement and tactical products. It is primarily a small arms show, so security is tight.
But just last year, two forklift operators were arrested for stealing dozens of firearms from SHOT booths. Jamikko Foster, 27, and Eduardo Limon, 28, members of Teamsters Local 631, stole at least 65 firearms — machine guns, pistols, silencers and rifles — from Remington Arms, LKCI, Blaser USA and Legacy Sports. The guns were recovered, and the two were arrested.
At arraignment, the two were released on their own recognizance by U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe. Their lawyers eventually cut deals with prosecutors.
Half a year after arrest (during which time he remained free), Foster received the minimum two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II. Boulware also imposed two years of supervised release and community service. A year after his crime, Limon’s punishment remains unsettled.
Who Has Your Back?
Not the American criminal justice system, which cares more about criminals than victims. If you’ve ever been a victim, in my experience, once you have given a statement, the legal system is finished helping you. Hence the need for legal protection, especially if you have aggressively defended yourself.
If you don’t understand that you are on your own in America’s legal/political environment, consider the Virginia cop suspended for reporting a fugitive to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler, a political appointee, said the officer “deprived a person of their freedom” by cooperating with ICE.
According to the Washington Post, Fairfax County officers said they were “frustrated that their superiors won’t allow them to enforce laws that don’t fit a particular political narrative.” Bingo.
Imagine the illegal immigrant in Virginia — a man with little knowledge of driving a vehicle — has crashed into your family van. Imagine he has invaded your home and shot your daughter (such as the case of Kate Steinle in California).
America’s legal establishment will shelter him, feed him, care for his injuries and free him. You’ll hear, “Get back to work to pay for your damaged car, injured family and smashed doors and windows.” It sounds like slavery enforced by an alien politico/legal police state. It doesn’t sound like the American dream.
So before and after any incident, think, “Who is responsible for my family?”
About Rick Sapp
Richard “Rick” Sapp was a U.S. Army infantry platoon leader until recruited to the 66th Military Intelligence Group. There, he worked with the West German KRIPO (Criminal Police) at Czechoslovakian border stations during the Soviet invasion of 1968.
Returning to the U.S., he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology after studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Catholic University of America and the University of Florida, following which he moved to Paris, France, for a year.
After four years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, he turned to journalism and freelance writing, specializing in outdoor features. His journalism experience includes newspapers and magazines. He has authored more than 50 books for a variety of international publishers.
Rick is married and lives in Florida.
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