Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Everybody knows what's at fault here...


An alleged drug dealer was convicted of murder Monday and sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a customer in the back during an argument over the price of marijuana.
It's all the gun lobby's fault. After all, if there had been a more strict background check requirement along with registration and licensing, this drug dealer never would have gotten a gun. It couldn't have been the fact that marijuana's illegality leads to it being dealt in the dangerous black market, no sir. It's all the gun lobby's fault.

On a more serious note, if you read on you'll see the assistant DA said the dealer could have argued he acted in self-defense. He did note that he was not saying the jury would have gone along with it, but it was something the prosecution had to think about. It strikes me that the only reason the dealer and his attorney didn't argue self-defense was the circumstances. In any other situation they could very well have argued that and won the case. It might not have been a slam-dunk, but this whole situation still strikes me as very, very wrong.