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Universal Background Checks Will Not Be Effective Because of Diversion Programs

According to the ATF, if convicted of a felony criminal offense, you are not allowed to legally purchase firearms. 

We have the 2nd Amendment, but we also have diversion programs in the criminal justice system. 

Sentencing to diversion programs make it impossible for background checks to report actual cases where defendants plead guilty to a lesser offense to avoid having a felony conviction. 

One example is Frank James.  In April, 2022, Frank James opened fire in the Brooklyn, New York subway, wounding ten (10) people. 

When this story was in the news, a reporter asked if it was known how Frank James legally purchased the gun.  The answer was that James had not been convicted of a felony.

In 1995 while living in Irvington, NJ, James was charged with one count of making terroristic threats; a felony.  He was allowed to plea down to harassment, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to one year of probation. 

What we see is a person who was charged with a felony, who plead down to a misdemeanor, and because that was allowed by prosecutors, he was able to legally purchase a gun that he used to wound 10 human beings. Read the rest of this entry

Chicago Man Charged With Felony Hate Crime

Shut up, slave.”  “”Your children are disposable vermin!” “Get on all fours! Do not walk off on two legs!”  That and more was said by 24-year old William Boucher back on June 6, 2017 in an altercation in a downtown Chicago Starbucks.

William Boucher

Boucher was all talk while inside the Starbucks but after he walked outside, he started actions that included spitting on a Black man.  As Boucher walked further down the street, he sucker punched an innocent 59-year old Black man who was walking down the sidewalk. The man was taken to the hospital for injury to his eye.

Boucher got his wish for a Black man to “get on all fours” because one straddled Boucher, holding him down while they waited for the police.

The altercation allegedly started in Starbucks when someone spilled coffee on Boucher’s pants. Video that was captured did not start until Boucher began his racial rant.  Read the rest of this entry

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