Man, I’m really glad we’re getting dangerous bouncers off the street. Â It’s always easier to arrest people for technicalities than go after actual hardened criminals.
Lying on an application to buy a firearm, or an application to carry a gun, has always been illegal under Pennsylvania law. The problem, explained Deputy Police Commissioner William Blackburn, was that the application used by the Police Department made it difficult to determine if the applicant was lying to illegally obtain a gun or was just confused by terminology.
Yes, it’s illegal, and has traditionally been used when you find someone who has committed a crime, and you’re looking for other things to throw at them, or throw at associates in an attempt to get them to turn witness. Â How is the City of Philadelphia making the streets safer by going after people for paperwork violations? Â Was Emmit Bethea a threat to public safety?
Why is the city wasting resources on paperwork violations, when they aren’t prosecuting real criminals who assault people, rob people, or even hardened criminals who are caught with guns? Â I’m not arguing that Abraham isn’t in the legal right. Â The law is the law. Â But her priorities are horribly out of whack if she considers going after paperwork errors a priority over going after real criminals.