Originally Posted by Dino 6 Rings
The Minimum sentance was to Deter people who were Thinking About using a Gun in an unlawful way from actually carrying one around with them because if found on their possession, bang, 2 years.
Very Uncalled For ruling. Should have been fined and maybe some house arrest. INTENTION of CRIME was the reasoning behind the Gun Laws in NYC. Now we just throw that part of it out and throw this guy to the wolves so some slap happy Mayor can get some Press.
That's exactly what I'm saying. Mandatory minimum sentences are stupid because they're a blanket decision made at the political level, which acts as if all crimes are exactly the same as long as they fit a certain set of guidelines. Here in the real world, that's far from true.
Stupid as I think Burress is for this, it's is obviously a law that was intended for people like gang members and crack dealers, which is not what was going on here. It's pretty comical that the city officials are actually PROUD
to announce that they're applying the law to the wrong situation and basically overriding common sense in order to go by the book. And even more comical that some people see that as a good thing. Something should've happened to Burress, but not this.