Gun control advocates would have you believe that the right to defend yourself is just a cowardly act to allow everyone to carry a firearm. They want to tell you that only police officers should carry firearms, and they can be there to protect you. They feel that if you or someone you love gets hurt it’s okay, because you didn’t respond back in a violent way. I have news for those gun-control bureaucrats; gun control doesn’t work, wake up and look at the facts! American’s don’t want the right to keep and bear arms to harm the ones they love; Americans want the tools to PROTECT their families! Jay Lewis’ life was interrupted because his local laws don’t respect his rights to protect himself and his property. This is a brief summary of what happened that late Saturday October night.
Imagine you are driving home after midnight on a Saturday night, but not just any normal Saturday night, but one that the celebration of Halloween was happening. You’re driving along and pass a slow car, not paying it any mind. That car you just past takes offense to this, and begins to chase you. Eventually you come to a stop, and the car you passed early rear-ends you. Still in shock you see the driver and passenger walk up to your car, but instead of seeing if you are okay, they begin to beat on your car windows. That alone is enough to make anyone fear for their safety, however you pull your legally concealed handgun out and tell the people to stop.
The perpetrators retreat, and when you feel it is safe you get out of your car to inspect the damage of your car. During that time you are approached again, as you are calling 911, you tell the two men to stay back or you will shoot them. The two men continue to try to encroach on your personal safety attempting to enclose you between the two convicted felons, leaving you with no choice. You fire your weapon, hitting one of the men in the chest. The police arrive take statements, and arrest you. The person you shot was a former military, and convicted felon. However the police arrest you for not fleeing the scene, and avoiding the gunplay.
Your bail is set at $225,000. You only made $32,000 last year, so there isn’t a way you can come up with bail. You’ve never spent a single day in jail prior to this, and you are passed up on early release programs when you can’t pay bail. You ultimately will spend 112 days in jail and are found not guilty by a jury of your peers.
You come to find out, that you are evicted from your apartment. The notice was sent certified, to your home (which you are in jail), and the notice of eviction was because you were being charged with a felony with a firearm. All of your personal belongs, TV, computer, and anything you had is gone.
Currently Iowa does have a bill that would protect Mr. Lewis from this, but it’s still in the legislature. Mr. Lewis has been able to get his job back working for the IRS, however has plans to see if he can transfer back home to Kansas City, Kansas where his family is located.
This story of frustration is just another of many for people who attempt to protect themselves from convicted felons in our society. If your state doesn’t have a bill to protect someone using deadly force, call your representative right now! Don’t be a victim, so carry concealed, but you shouldn’t fear that you will be treated as a criminal for protecting all that is yours!