We Americans often sadly shake our heads at the poor sods across the pond who aren’t hashtag blessed with self-defense rights (see Cookie Monster is the Spokesman for Knife Control in England). However, our own right to protect ourselves with guns is under constant leftist attack. Now many American gun owners face a web of unconstitutional legal challenges. Which brings us to this whopping injustice.
An activist and mother has been imprisoned for using a legal gun to protect herself and her family:
Siwatu-Salama Ra is a 26-year-old black mother who watched in horror as an angry assailant—a neighbor with whom Ra had a dispute—deliberately crashed her vehicle into Ra’s car while Ra’s two-year-old daughter was playing inside. Ra removed her unloaded, legally purchased handgun from the glove box and brandished it, scaring the neighbor off.
The assailant, Channel Harvey, was never charged. Ra was arrested for felonious assault. She is now serving a mandatory two-year-sentence, even though Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state and Ra was clearly defending her family on her own property.
Ra is pregnant, and she is expected to give birth in prison.
Detroit police granted the assailant automatic victim status in a dispute. So, allegedly, because Harvey approached the cops before Ra, she gets preferential treatment. There are also serious concerns about how the jury dismissed Ra’s self-defense explanation, denying her right to a fair trial. Meanwhile, Harvey’s story changed as she added in major details she “forgot” to include in her original police report. Like how she smashed Ra’s car into oblivion. Oversight.
This shart-storm was made worse by governmental shortcomings. Now, Siwatu-Salama Ra will give birth in prison. She will miss out on two years of her children’s lives. All for lawfully protecting herself and her family with a legal weapon. Congratulations to you supposed champions of victims, leftists.
Black Lives Matter has voiced their support for Ra. So credit where due. But in general, the greater left should celebrate this injustice. Stick with me here. Punishing people for defending themselves is the world leftists dream about. Where only the state is armed. Where only the state can decide who and what gets defended. Where mothers like Siwatu cannot protect their daughters from maniacs. Only the state is allowed to protect and defend those they choose to protect and defend.
Those of us on the right think otherwise. You have the right to defend yourself from those who seek you harm. The end.
The idea of a “safe” gun-free world is a myth. Speaking of gun control myths: