Would a gun rights advocate get the same consideration?
A so-called “anti-violence activist” who brought a gun to school causing a lockdown, and who then reportedly lied to police about it, has been sentenced to a conditional discharge of 100 hours of community service, WIVB News 4 Buffalo reported Monday. If he completes the service and “stays out of trouble,” Duane Ferguson, president of MAD DADS, “will not face more serious charges possessing a firearm on schools grounds,” which could carry a four-year felony penalty, the report says.
The light sentence seems particularly curious because, even though Ferguson’s attorney says “He completely owns up to it and accepts full responsibility,” that was not always the case. Before pleading guilty and asking for leniency, WIVB reported in February that Ferguson “pleaded not guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon, carrying a loaded firearm on school property and obstruction of governmental administration.”
While yesterday’s report claims “He actually told police during the secondary search that he had his weapon on him,” it omits much of the excuse-making he offered in the earlier report, when WIVB noted “Police say Ferguson lied to officers about having a gun on him during the lockdown.” Adding to credibility questions is his insistence that, despite having a concealed carry permit, he had no idea guns were not allowed to be taken into New York schools, something no informed gun owner would claim with a straight face.