A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Project Safe Neighborhoods

For the past year I have driven past this billboard as I go about taking care of my patients in the rougher parts of town. I assumed it was a HCI type campaign, and fumed a bit and drove on. Today, I took a photo of the billboard in anticipation of an online rant. I went to ProjectSafeNeighborhoods.com to research a bit before starting a rant. I'm glad I did.

Under Project Safe Neighborhoods, U.S. prosecutors bring cases involving illegal gun possession to federal court. This means if someone is caught with an gun when they cannot legally posses it, they probably won't be entitled to bail, instead, they will go directly to jail. If that's not bad enough, if they are convicted in federal court, they can spend up to 10 years in jail. There are no second chances under this program.

This may sound harsh. It helps protect law abiding gun owners by removing the unlawful from our midst. That is a good thing. I think............



Anonymous Standard Mischief said...

I'm somewhat bothered by having near identical laws on both the state and local level. by some judicial hocus-pocus, this is not considered Double Jeopardy. It does not happen often, but theoretically you could stand trial twice for the same offense.

But yea, soft on crime = blea

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I think this is an offshoot (no pun intended) of "Project Exile" which was started when I lived in Richmond, VA. Basically, if you get caught with an illegal gun you automatically get 5 years in federal prison. There were lots of commercials and billboards about it.

As for what mischief said, they only prosecuted at the federal level, not the state.

8:56 AM  
Blogger David Codrea said...

Xavier, you could become a candidate simply for defying an unconstitutional gun ban edict and getting caught.

Where in the Constitution is the enumerated power delegated to the fedgov to involve itself in this?

I urge you to go to KeepAndBearArms.com and click on the "Project Exile" link in the right column, and read the information. Of particlar interest is the Condemnation Coalition.

Also, note that the two flagship cities for implementation--Richmond and Philadelphia--have both seen increases in violent crime--so in other words, and no surprise--gun control doesn't work.

One final resource--attorney Richard Stevens at JPFO (author of Dial 911 and Die) just released an article "Could Science Prove You Guilty of a Crime You Didn't Commit" (featured today on KABA Newslinks. One of his conclusions: "Furthermore, with programs like Project Safe Neighborhoods actively seeking to prosecute 'gun crimes' (including the most non-violent acts) no gun owner is safe. If a jury hears that we have gun-shot residue on our hands or that our fingerprints were found at a crime scene, they don't know enough to question the 'facts.'"

If someone does something heinous, the answer is for the punishment to fit the crime.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Thanks for the links David. I'm digging through it. How are Project Safe Neighborhoods and Project Exile linked? The info on the Condemnation Coalition is apparently prior to the AWB sunset. What is really interesting is the cases that have been prosecuted under these statutes.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

0o0o0o0o, like the pics!!! If there is one issue I can concede right off the bat as being a losing stance for the left, its the gun control issue. Trying to ban something because of human behavior ( the old guns kill people-not people kill people spiel)sounds more like the wing-nut right's over emotional/moonbat abortion arguments. Faulty logic. Again nice pics, stop by my blog again, and don't be afraid to leave a comment next time!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

See, now, when I look at that billboard, my first thought is "Whoah! Nice 2.5-inch 686!" ;)

11:05 AM  
Blogger David Codrea said...

Xavier--PSN is the nationwide application of regional programs such as Project Exile (Richmond), Project Cease Fire (Kansas City, MO) and Operation Cease Fire (Boston).

11:53 AM  

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