Three Passes

15 02 2018

Chicago

Let’s pick this up in the last four paragraphs:

Even when the straw purchasers are prosecuted, the punishments are often much more lenient than the public might expect. Last year, Simone Mousheh purchased four weapons for $600 each and sold two to a man with Chicago gang ties. She was sentenced to 12 months probation, 15 days in the Cook County sheriff’s work alternative program and ordered to pay $679 in fines.

A lot of gun control advocates and progressives think they support this idea, until they realize who would get hit hardest by tougher prosecution. As my colleague Kevin Williamson wrote:

I visited Chicago a few years back to write about the city’s gang-driven murder problem, and a retired police official told me that the nature of the people making straw purchases — young relatives, girlfriends who may or may not have been facing the threat of physical violence, grandmothers, etc. — made prosecuting those cases unattractive. In most of those cases, the authorities emphatically should put the straw purchasers in prison for as long as possible. Throw a few gangsters’ grandmothers behind bars for 20 years and see if that gets anybody’s attention. In the case of the young women suborned into breaking the law, that should be just another charge to put on the main offender.

It is not difficult to imagine certain voices contending we need to “get tough on guns” and to be lenient with straw purchasers simultaneously, and failing to grasp the contradiction.

They have the wind to their backs in three ways:

(1) The black pass, ceteris paribus, blacks are punished less harshly than non-blacks

(2) The woman pass, ceteris paribus, women are punished less harshly than men

(3) The Crook County Pass, that because of County Executive Tony Prick-winkle and Sheriff Dodge Dart and State’s Attorney Kim Foxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wanting to keep jail populations relatively low, a lot of criminal cases are dispensed with slaps on the hand.

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