I don’t like gun laws as a general rule. I find the majority of them to be infringements on the Second Amendment.
However, many places have rules about guns regardless of how I feel about them.
Until the courts strike them down, they’re the law, and as a result, a lot of people are restricted in various ways. If they break the law, they face serious jail time and we all know it.
That is unless they’re a professional football player for the home team. If that’s the case, all bets are off.
Gun charges against Patriots defensive back Jack Jones have been dropped, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden.
With less than one week until the opening game for the New England Patriots, Jones, 25, moved his court day up to Tuesday morning and agreed to a plea deal in Boston Municipal Court.
In exchange for a nolle prosequi — a formal document where prosecutors drop charges — Jones agreed to one year of pre-trial probation and 48 hours of community service, Hayden’s office said.
Jones had been facing two counts of possession of a concealed weapon in a secure area of an airport, possession of ammunition without an FID card, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large capacity feeding device in connection with an arrest in June when officials said he had loaded guns and ammunition in his carry-on bag as he tried to fly out of Logan Airport following Patriots training minicamp.
The state tried to say that prosecutors didn’t figure they could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jones knew the gun was in his luggage.
I think it’s far more likely that this is a prime example of, as George Orwell put it, some animals are more equal than others.
You see, in theory at least, we’re all supposed to be equal under the law. It doesn’t matter who you are, the law applies equally to each of us.
Yet I find it very unlikely that anyone who didn’t play for the Patriots would have gotten such beneficial treatment by Massachusetts authorities, especially on so many gun charges.
Couple this with the sweetheart deal they tried to cut for Hunter Biden and we can start to see a pattern. Those connected will get to walk while the rest of us either obey or face an end to our right to keep and bear arms.
And let’s remember that this is Massachusetts. This is a state that believes in gun control and thinks firearms are some kind of bane to civility. So why are they ready to give Jones a pass under these circumstances when we know good and well we wouldn’t get the same treatment?
While Jones isn’t exactly a household name–not yet, at least–he’s still part of the Patriots, which conveys at least a certain level of renown that shields him from such things. This isn’t his first brush with the law, either, and that one was a slap on the wrist as well.
I can’t wait to see what he does next because I suspect there will be future charges.