"No state shall...pass any bill of
attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or
grant any title of nobility."
From: Ray Hickman [xraycommd@...
September 20, 2001
Recently my 19-year-old son was fined
$3,000 and sentenced to 21
months in federal prison. I would like
to describe his "crime" to see if
anyone else thinks this situation
is as ludicrous as I do:
He found an old .22-caliber rifle in his grandmother's
basement which his grandfather had modified over 30 years ago.
Needing some quick cash
and having absolutely no idea that a
.22 with a shortened barrel was an
illegal firearm, he took it to
the pawn shop. The owners, employees and a Provo City police
officer who was in the store at the time looked at the gun
and they also did not recognize it as illegal (I have since learned
the laws regulating modified firearms are very nebulous).
Twenty days later, the pawn shop arranged with my son a time he
to pick up the gun. After he paid for the .22 and turned to
leave, he was
shocked to find several federal agents waiting for him. He
had been set
He was arrested and spent the next 105 days in jail and a halfway
awaiting his final court date. I was positive that three and a
of lost freedom was a fair consequence for his error,
but the federal
mandatory sentencing guidelines required my son to serve
21 months in
prison (a convicted rapist typically serves less than
There was no discussion in the courtroom of what my son intended to do
with the gun; that it had been shortened before it was illegal to
do so; that he was ignorant of the law. The only fact considered
before my son's freedom was taken was that he had possession of
an illegal firearm.
Incidentally, his grandmother also had possession of the gun as
did the pawn shop, but my son is the only one being treated like
It is a crying shame that a young man will now spend almost
of his life in prison just because he needed a
little money and innocently
took the wrong item to the pawn shop.
As a citizen, I am outraged at this
injustice. As a mother, I am
devastated and desperate for help.
If I thought my son was deserving of a federal prison term,
I would be the first one to say so, and he knows it. The fact is,
he is not a criminal nor is he a danger to society. This whole
situation is absolutely ridiculous, and I want it
We will live free, or we will die. We will, however, live as
the chattel of no man ... nor of a conglomerate thereof!
Ron's Comment: Here
we have another statistic of the fact that our American Prisons are
bulgging to overflow with "criminals" with far more citizens per capita in
American prisons than in any tyrannical communistic and terrorist nation in the
world. If the definition of terrorist is those who use force to terrorize
people, then I can find no greater terrorist nation than America.
Now that the U.S. has officially declared
war on terrorism worldwide, it has opened the door for so many opportunities to
expose the U.S. as the greatest supporter nation of terrorism in the world by
spreading U.S. tax dollars all around the globe in support of every
terrorist organization under the sun. Now the chickens are come home to roost.
(How about that $43 million U.S. tax dollars sent to CIA trained Ben Laden
just this year for terrorism. But that terrorism wasn't suppose to come
home to U.S. was it? Or was it? You've got me wondering. Hmmm.)
No wonder U.S. is among the most hated and
disrespected nation in the world. We're good for a hand-out to every cause,
particularly evil ones. Name one enemy nation of this country that U.S. tax
dollars has not financed big time! Yes, let's clean out terrorist, starting with
the U.S. government. Having accomplished that feat, we will have gone a long way
to asuring the return of liberty and prosperty in