From David Codrea:
Until caught up in a technicality, many “law-abiding” gun owners view “gun control” as something that only personally affects others. Here are two recent cases that show you don’t have to be a violent criminal, or even someone who intentionally flouts the laws as a matter of principled civil disobedience, to get caught up in the citizen disarmament net.
Tea Party organizer Walter Reddy found himself named “‘a person of interest’ in a domestic terrorism case,” Thomas R. Eddlem of The New American reported. Weston, Conn., police brought a SWAT team to his home and seized “a pump-action shotgun and an antique revolver.” The warrant was “based in part upon an unsubstantiated FBI statement.”
Relevant and “undisputed” facts about the case: Reddy has no criminal record; he was never charged with a crime; his repeated requests for a lawyer were denied; and the chief witness against him “explicitly stated that Reddy had never acted in a threatening or violent way.”
From the report: “It doesn’t matter that he has committed no crimes, and has not been charged with a crime. [Connecticut Superior Court Judge Bruce Hudock] told him at a hearing that Reddy had no right to an attorney and that ‘I’m ready to rule’ to take his guns away before the patriotic organizer had the chance to say one word in his defense.”
Note the word “before.” So much for a fair and impartial ruling. Reddy, whose apparent “crime” is not being a “progressive,” had his guns ordered taken from him for one year under the rationale that he posed “a risk of imminent personal injury to other individuals.”
Read the rest of his great article here.