America's First Freedom - December 2014 - 10

S T A N D I N G

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by Wayne L aPierre,
Executive Vice President

When Prosecution
Is Persecution

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ood and evil. Right and wrong.Those are two fundamental opposing concepts that
define the nature of humankind.
But for the gun-ban crowd, each and every one of them-when it comes to
private ownership of firearms and armed self-defense, the very heart of the
Second Amendment-there is no such conflict. In their lexicon, firearms in the
hands of private citizens are inherently evil.
These zealots for disarming individual Americans choose not to recognize the basic
notion that defines American freedom: the difference between a good guy with a gun
and a bad guy with a gun.
There is no better example of that mindset than with the persecution of a young
woman named Shaneen Allen. Her crime? Being honest in New Jersey.
Allen, a Philadelphia resident, mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania carry permit
was like her driver's license-universally recognized across state lines. When she crossed
the bridge into New Jersey in October 2013, she entered a gun-ban Twilight Zone that
began with a state trooper pulling her over for a minor traffic infraction.
Allen acted properly when she volunteered that she possessed a lawful carry permit
and had a Bersa semi-auto in her purse in the back seat. The handgun, by the way, was
locked and inoperable. (In New Jersey, Right-to-Carry permits are rarely issued, subject
to the whim of gun-ban public officials.)
Thus began a nightmare spun by
officials backed by the power of oppressive
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the front lines with exclusive classes, that is the only word to describe
New Jersey officials who dealt with Allen.
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She was dragged out of her car
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officer on the scene told Allen that he
would have sent her home to Philadelphia
to return to New Jersey unarmed-with
no one the wiser. Neither that option,
nor the u.s. Constitution, moved the
arresting officer.
Perhaps the best description of the
injustice done to her under New Jersey
gun laws was penned in a usa Today

analysis by renowned professor
Glenn Harlan Reynolds:
"... she's being punished for something
the Constitution says-and the Supreme
Court has agreed-is a constitutional
right. And the super-stiff penalties and
abusive prosecution she's experiencing
are pretty clearly intended to chill people
from exercising that right."
The "super-stiff " felonies for which she
was arraigned are virtually one step below
penalties for violent crime in New Jersey.
Consequently, Allen spent 46 days in jail
awaiting trial.
Allen crossed paths with an even
bigger force-Jim McClain, the
prosecutor of Atlantic County, who could
have used discretion and simply declined
to pursue the charges. Or he could have
asked the court to place Allen in New
Jersey's Pretrial Intervention program
(pti), designed for first offenders like her
which would result in no criminal record.
McClain, a gun-ban zealot, refused
that option and offered Allen a plea
deal under which she would spend
a minimum of three years in prison,
likely lose her two young boys and
have an employment impediment that
would stick with her for the rest of her
life-convicted felon. She would also
become a prohibited person whose future
possession of a firearm or ammunition
would be a federal felony.
Next we meet the assistant prosecutor,
Deborah Hay, who defined Allen's crime
as "too serious to allow divergence,"
saying Allen going to prison would serve
as an example.
Example of what? Decent, peaceable
people exercising a constitutional right
who unknowingly commit a crime under
New Jersey's prohibitive statutes?
Oh yes, I almost forgot ... just before
pulling out all the stops to put this young
woman in prison and denying her the
second chance of "diversion," prosecutor
McClain gave that legal pti "time-out" to
Baltimore Ravens football star, Ray Rice.
His crime? Getting caught on surveillance
video bashing his girlfriend unconscious
with a vicious punch to her face, then
dragging her unconscious body out of an
elevator. Where McCain was not prepared
to "make an example" of a huge athlete

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