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Associates defend man SAFE Act Proponent) who had gun in school
The Buffalo News ^

Posted on 02/09/2014 2:44:50 PM PST by matt04

Dwayne Ferguson spent more than a decade advocating for nonviolence and peace in the streets of Buffalo.

He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.

No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges.

Ferguson, 52, told WGRZ-TV that he frequently carries the gun, for which he has a permit, and did not realize he had it on him when he went to the school as part of the mentoring program.

Those who have worked with him also said they believe it was an honest mistake.

“I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” said Rev. James E. Giles, a friend of Ferguson and president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “We know this for a fact, that he called out to a Buffalo police lieutenant asking why the school was in lockdown, and that they were looking for a man with a gun.

“Dwayne’s reaction was to get his kids – he had about 50 of them – and make sure they were safe,” Giles explained. “He led them into the cafeteria and closed the doors.”

Giles, like Ferguson, is a member of Buffalo Peacemakers, an anti-violence coalition that targets gang-related street crime.

(Excerpt) Read more at buffalonews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: banglist; billdeblasio; buffalo; chirlanemccray; cuomo; dwayneferguson; guncontrol; newyork; newyorkcity; safeact
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
1 posted on 02/09/2014 2:44:50 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

But surely, if he is in a situation where seconds count, he can just say he is for non-violence and the bad guy will just stop and wait for the cops to show up? Right. That how it is supposed to work for every one else.


2 posted on 02/09/2014 2:45:08 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04
He's a Dimocrat.

The charges will be dropped.

3 posted on 02/09/2014 2:45:41 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Some of Ferguson’s supporters echoed similar criticism, saying that carrying a weapon meant Ferguson could have helped police in the event there was a gunman actually threatening students.

These people are delusional. Sounds like this guy is someone who shouldn't have a gun.

4 posted on 02/09/2014 2:49:39 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

You break the law you get punished.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.

But this is Obamaland so I’m guessing this guy will get off scot free


5 posted on 02/09/2014 2:51:41 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: matt04

Zero tolerance.

Lock him up for the full four years.


6 posted on 02/09/2014 2:51:47 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: matt04

So an anonymous tip about a man with a gun and the police are called in. Then people are patted down by police, and that’s when they find it on him.

Last I heard, it’s a big no no to carry a gun on a public school campus. But a police pat down based on an anonymous tip? Will this search be deemed Constitutional?


7 posted on 02/09/2014 3:11:01 PM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: matt04
ten bucks says the RAT-POS walks...
8 posted on 02/09/2014 3:15:29 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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Fry him in the electric chair, then claim that it was an honest mistake.


9 posted on 02/09/2014 3:33:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: matt04

He just considers himself to be part of the elite. Democrats are not necessarily against guns. They are just against people other than *themselves*, or others of like mind, having guns.


10 posted on 02/09/2014 3:37:41 PM PST by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: matt04

Laws don’t apply to the Democrats who vote for them. They only apply to those who oppose them.


11 posted on 02/09/2014 3:47:35 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: paint_your_wagon

I’m curious to know how someone knew he had the gun. Maybe it printed and some caught a glimpse in a crowd, but didn’t see exactly who.


12 posted on 02/09/2014 4:00:59 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

In a development I’m sure will shock you, trusting SGN reader, Chicago State Sen. Donne Trotter worked out a plea bargain with local prosecutors that saw felony gun charges reduced to a misdemeanor.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/trotter/index?tab=articles

Dems seem to forget they’re carrying guns quite a bit.


13 posted on 02/09/2014 4:11:51 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: matt04
and did not realize he had it on him

Who believes this BS?
Answer: Nobody. String 'im up, just like he wanted.

14 posted on 02/09/2014 4:14:56 PM PST by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: matt04

Comments at the end of the article are great:

Mike Wrage
• 6 minutes ago

Ya, Really. Im packing, but yet I don’t remember Im packing. I forgot I had an open beer while driving officer. Really, It would be like a cop going home, Taking off belt and gun changing clothes, putting on the hide gun they all carry, thinking nothing of it, an going out, only to get caught with it later. Two sides here. I feel if one is going to carry. You best damn sure remember that you are. Let him live with the laws he helped enact on the rest of us. Otherwise. PURELY IRRESONSIBLE OWNERSHIP.

redc1c4
• 7 minutes ago

he wanted this law, so i think he deserves to get the maximum punishment he supported.

throw the book at him and make him an example for others to consider before they advocate giving away their rights.

goatonastick
• 21 minutes ago

So what’s the point of having a gun on you if you don’t ever remember you have it on you?

Rick Vincent
• 40 minutes ago

If you forgot you were carrying a gun, you shouldn’t have one.

Guest
• 42 minutes ago

I predict this guy has a future as a US Congressman. He already has the “I want to pass a law, but I should be exempt from it”, down pretty good.


15 posted on 02/09/2014 4:27:38 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: matt04

Lock him up and throw away the key.


16 posted on 02/09/2014 4:32:45 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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Lock up the POS for life.


17 posted on 02/09/2014 6:14:37 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: matt04

Evidently someone saw the gun on him but he himself didn’t know he had it on him.

Color me skeptical. He damn well knew he had the gun on him. Being a Democrat he just figured the law didn’t apply to him.


18 posted on 02/09/2014 7:59:04 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: matt04

To be hoisted on one’s own petard comes to mind.


19 posted on 02/09/2014 8:13:46 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: headstamp 2

I notice if I have my iPhone and keys in the opposite pockets I normally have them in, he damn well he knew he was packing. If some saw it, I’m assuming it was carried in the waistband. No way you don’t know you have it.


20 posted on 02/09/2014 8:25:28 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

BTTT!


21 posted on 02/10/2014 12:33:24 AM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: matt04

Every so often I get a call to pick up the kids from school. If I’m already out somewhere I’ll put my weapon in the trunk before I pick them up in the school driveway. (Still not legal, but I’m trying!)

If I’m already on the road I’ll unholster it and shove it under the back seat. But dang well know that it is there!


22 posted on 02/10/2014 1:10:15 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Prosecute him to the fullest extent of his own law.

Strip him of his carry “permit”. It’s a FELONY, and he should go to jail - like he wants for everyone else.

If this is what he wants for everyone else, then it should be good enough for him as well.

Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it....


23 posted on 02/10/2014 6:51:05 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: matt04

He who lives by the [un]SAFE Act, should be willing to die by the [un]SAFE Act.


24 posted on 02/10/2014 7:19:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: matt04
“I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” said Rev. James E. Giles, a friend of Ferguson and president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “We know this for a fact, that he called out to a Buffalo police lieutenant asking why the school was in lockdown, and that they were looking for a man with a gun.

That doesn't make any sense. If HE did not know he was wearing a gun, how could anyone else know?

25 posted on 02/10/2014 7:20:35 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: headstamp 2

...and he’s probably right.


26 posted on 02/10/2014 7:24:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: 21twelve

What State?

Concealed Carry permit holders in Virginia can legally carry their weapons on to school property in a vehicle as long as they either stay in the vehicle or secure their weapon(s) in the vehicle before getting out.

Of course, I still haven’t figured out exactly how the law works when one rides motorcycle. It’s not possible to secure a weapon IN a motorcycle, but Virginia also has a non-discrimination law regarding access by motorcycles to roads and properties which are supported by tax-payer funds.


27 posted on 02/10/2014 7:29:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: matt04

It reminds me of an old Steve Martin joke regarding excuses for breaking the law:

“You simply say, I forgot -— I forgot armed robbery was a crime, officer.”


28 posted on 02/10/2014 7:31:37 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: matt04

When those around you have a better idea of where your gun is than you do, it might be good for you to stop carrying it.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 8:33:43 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: matt04
This is B.S. The police tell him someone was reported having a gun. He takes the kids into another room. Time goes by and they don't find anything. They pat down the kids for the gun and don't find anything. They pat him down and find a gun.

Are you telling me at no point during this exercise did the guy think "Oh Crap, I have a gun." Nobody is that unaware. I think this guy let this go on hoping they wouldn't check him.

30 posted on 02/11/2014 8:49:54 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

My thought exactly. He didn’t want the felony that he pushed for.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 10:25:06 AM PST by matt04
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