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County Employee Fired for Possession of Firearm
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 May 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 05/21/2012 10:48:44 AM PDT by John Semmens

Wayne County groundskeeper John Chevilott was recently fired by County Supervisors from a job he’d held for 23 years. His offense was possession of a firearm on County property. Chevilott found a small pistol in the grass he was mowing. He turned it over to police after he completed his work shift.

“There is no question that the gun was in his possession, he admits it was,” asserted County Supervisor Leonard Prickman. “Our policy is clear. No one may carry a firearm on County property. There’s a ‘zero tolerance’ for violators. We cannot allow anyone to skirt the rules for any reason. To make an exception in this instance would be the first step on the road to total anarchy.”

As for what Chevilott should’ve done upon his chance discovery of the weapon, Prickman declined to offer an opinion. “Our policy does not cover such a contingency,” Prickman pointed out. “And we are not obligated to invent one on-the-spot just to please any amateur logicians who want to stick their noses into our affairs.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://constitutionclub.org/2012/05/20/semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-20/


TOPICS: Government; Local News; Outdoors; Politics
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; bureaucracy; guns; satire; zerotolerance

1 posted on 05/21/2012 10:48:52 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
The fish are in the barrel ... commence firing.
2 posted on 05/21/2012 10:51:24 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: John Semmens

:)


3 posted on 05/21/2012 10:52:11 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: John Semmens
This Zero Tolerance nonsense has to stop.
All too often it leads to draconian punishments for minor thing, or in this case for doing the right thing.
You can never anticipate every possible situation, therefore your rule book should always have room for a measured and appropriate response.

4 posted on 05/21/2012 11:00:46 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: John Semmens
:)

5 posted on 05/21/2012 11:08:45 AM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: BitWielder1; John Semmens

Getting harder to distinguish truth from fiction (satire), eh, BitWielder1? With today’s crazy judges and out-of-control lawmakers one would be hard-pressed to guess which was which. I suppose the blindfold around the lady holding the scales of justice would be the perfect icon for stating the new truism -’Justice is Blind.’ It more accurately portrays ‘Trial by a coin flip.’


6 posted on 05/21/2012 11:14:59 AM PDT by Eastbound (3-7-77)
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To: John Semmens

Zero tolerance is garbage for sure. I have to say if I had found a firearm while at work or even not at work I would likely call the police while watching it- without disturbing it. I would wonder if it was possibly evidence in a crime.


7 posted on 05/21/2012 11:18:26 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: John Semmens

I have a recollection of this actually happening to a guy in England. He found a shotgun in his patch of a communal garden and brought it home in a bag. He was charged and jailed for possession after notifying the police to come get it.

This madness IS coming to a town near you.


8 posted on 05/21/2012 11:34:19 AM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: John Semmens
Chevilott found a small pistol in the grass he was mowing. He turned it over to police after he completed his work shift.

That was his crucial mistake. You leave it alone, call for the police and let them retrieve it. Simple.

9 posted on 05/21/2012 11:41:00 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: John Semmens

Love it!


10 posted on 05/21/2012 11:43:10 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Eastbound
Getting harder to distinguish truth from fiction (satire), eh, BitWielder1?

This was reported as non-satire news a few days ago.
So I was fooled twice, I did not pay attention to the source.

But to answer your question; Yes.
I've seen enough supposedly real stories over the last three years that were stranger than satire.
And I do not like the Zero Tolerance bs. Not at all.

11 posted on 05/21/2012 11:46:44 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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“There is no question that the gun was in his possession, he admits it was,” asserted County Supervisor Leonard Prickman. “Our policy is clear. No one may carry a firearm on County property. There’s a ‘zero tolerance’ for violators. We cannot allow anyone to skirt the rules for any reason. To make an exception in this instance would be the first step on the road to total anarchy.”

And that, my friends, is why free societies have Police/Peace Officers and tyrannies have LEOs.

I would say that we have tripped past the "awkward stage."

12 posted on 05/21/2012 11:51:17 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: John Semmens
Chevilott found a small pistol in the grass he was mowing. He turned it over to police after he completed his work shift. “There is no question that the gun was in his possession, he admits it was,” asserted County Supervisor Leonard Prickman. “Our policy is clear. No one may carry a firearm on County property. There’s a ‘zero tolerance’ for violators. We cannot allow anyone to skirt the rules for any reason. To make an exception in this instance would be the first step on the road to total anarchy.”

So Wayne County should have left the gun there, so it can be picked up by a CRIMINAL and kill someone or rob someone.

Leonard Prickman sounds like a PRICK!

13 posted on 05/21/2012 12:07:00 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: John Semmens

Hi, John, back to reporting straight news again, I see.


14 posted on 05/21/2012 12:19:20 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: John Semmens

How much does this effect Mr. Chevilott’s pension?


15 posted on 05/21/2012 1:01:22 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: John Semmens
“Our policy is clear. No one may carry a firearm on County property. There’s a ‘zero tolerance’ for violators. We cannot allow anyone to skirt the rules for any reason. To make an exception in this instance would be the first step on the road to total anarchy.”

Wonder how many police have been arrested due to this zero tolerance policy. According to the policy NO county employee could remove it from where it was found.

16 posted on 05/21/2012 10:07:05 PM PDT by feedback doctor (screw Lindsey Graham)
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