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Everyone Deserves a Second Chance – Let’s Try to Help

By Shlomo Maital  


Doug Deason

    Doug Deason is a wealthy businessman, president of Deason Capital Services and a philanthropist, head of the Deason Foundation.  And he has a message.

    When he was 17,  in 1979,  he broke in to his neighbors’ home and threw a party, while they were out of town.  (Actually, their son had given him a key).  The party got out of hand. The police were called.  And Deason was charged with felony burglary.  Note that word: Felony.  A federal crime.  You get a year or more in jail, in a Federal pen. 

   If he were poor and black, his life would have basically ended.  With a criminal record, he certainly could not have started a business in investments, or perhaps in anything.  All he could have done was continued along the path of crime…   after a youthful stupid mistake that really harmed nobody. 

    And this is precisely what happens to a great many young people in the U.S.

     According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2011 – about 0.94% of adults in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,814,200 adults at year-end 2011 were on probation or on parole.  One percent of adult Americans are in jail.  A large proportion are African-Americans.  As many as 100 million people have some criminal record.

    Deason pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor (criminal trespass), paid a fine, served six months of probation – and then his conviction was expunged, erased.  He got a second chance.  And he made the most of it. 

    Deason is a Republican.  He and others are pushing for criminal justice reform.  “Years ago, I made a mistake and got a second chance.  Every American should be able to say the same thing,” he says. 

    Deason’s company has a policy of hiring nonviolent criminals.  He worked with the Texas State Legislature (not known as a bastion of liberal democracy) to pass a bipartisan “second chances” bill, that takes effect on Sept. 1.

    But I think there is another key point here.  You really cannot legislate second chances. It is up to us, the people, to offer second chances,    to forgive, and to help those who have made that one huge mistake and are paying for it forever.   Of course there are risks.  But when there is no second chance at a normal life,  the only option is a life of violence and crime.  Why in the world does America’s criminal justice system not understand that?

                                                     “The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With A Gun…”

By Shlomo  Maital


   Here is a “complete the sentence” IQ test.

   “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is…”.


   According to Wayne LaPierre, head of the powerful American National Rifle Association, the answer is:  “…a good guy with a gun.”  

    Since everyone is either a bad guy, or a good guy, in America, and since the bad guys mostly HAVE guns,  the solution, according to the NRA, is to give every good guy at least one gun,  preferably a semi-automatic with 100-bullet clips, so that you can mow down hundreds of bad guys at one time.

   But – is there any evidence supporting LaPierre?   Well, now.  Here is the evidence.  *    1.  “every time a gun in the home was used in self-defense or a legal shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.”  Oops.   2.  “..a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a criminal assault, an accidental death or injury, than it is for self-defense.”  Oops.  3. In 2010, 31,671 people were killed by guns in America, 73,505 were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal gunshot wounds, and 337,960 nonfatal violent crimes were committed with guns.  Of the 31,671 dead, three of five were suicides, and the vast majority of the rest were homicides by people who knew each other.   No other Western democracy can come close to matching those 31,671 deaths by gunshots.

   So, how then SHOULD we complete the sentence above?  “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is…preventing the bad guy from getting a gun in the first place, or taking it away from him or her when he or she gets one.” 

   Don’t confuse the NRA with evidence and facts.  All those facts come from Commie socialist left-wing traitorous scumbag liberals anyway. 

* Source:   Gun Science,  Scientific American, May 2013, p. 69.

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