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The Other Side of Michigan's Coin

Posted on the 07 August 2011 by Mikeb302000 reports
Two men have been sentenced in federal court on felon in possession of a firearm charges, the first such cases completed since an initiative to aggressively prosecute gun-toting convicts was announced last month by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
Dedrick D. Harris, 19, of Flint was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark A. Goldsmith to 70 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Dwan L. Brown, 38, of Flint was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and another 18 months for violating terms of a federally supervised release, according to McQuade's office.
According to court records, Brown, who was convicted in 2006 of possession with intent to distrbute cocaine, pleaded guilty in March to possessing a firearm in April 2010.
Harris, who was convicted of attempted carrying a concealed weapon in 2009, pleaded guilty in March to possessing stolen .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol in May 2010, according to court records.
"Cases like this should put felons on notice that we are aggressively prosecuting those who illegally possess firearms and that federal prosecution brings stiff sentences," said McQuade in a news release.
It's not all bad in Michigan like it seems in our other discussion. In this they're certainly doing the right thing. But, how much you wanna bet the pro-gun guys oppose this? They'll tell you about those poor pot-possession felons who've led exemplary lives for the past 20 years who need to protect their families. They'll remind us of that supposed natural human right all of us have.
Just like they do when choosing statistics to "prove" their points, the gun-rights crowd pick and choose the times they want to be tough on crime.  In restoring gun rights, they're suddenly as liberal as can be.
What's your opinion? Should convicted felons be allowed the restoration of their gun rights in some cases. Should it be allowed in all cases?  Is my position of "no, never" too harsh?
What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

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