FYI>>Protect Your Family - Go To Jail?
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Thu May 22 19:32:49 MDT 2003
ISSUE: Who should go to jail -- home invaders, or home
According to the New York Times, Mr. Ronald Dixon of Brook-
lyn, NY, "was upstairs, in bed, when he heard a noise in the
hallway. Half asleep, he opened his eyes and saw a man at
the top of the stairs heading toward the bedroom of Mr.
Dixon's 2-year-old son, Kyle. That was enough for the fa-
ther. He grabbed a 9-millimeter pistol that he kept in a
closet, walked toward the man and asked what he was doing
there. This man, Mr. Dixon said, ran at him, screaming.
That's when he pulled the trigger. He shot the intruder
twice, wounding him seriously but not mortally."
Now, 27-year-old Mr. Dixon is your basic "straight arrow," a
Navy veteran who works two jobs -- 80 hours a week -- as a
computer specialist to provide for his family, including two
small children. The man accused of being the intruder, Ivan
Thompson, 40, is a career criminal with a long record of
burglaries and other crimes. If convicted this time, he
could be locked away for a long, long time.
Case closed, right? Not quite.
Mr. Dixon had purchased his gun legally when he lived in
Florida. He had just recently moved to Brooklyn, and was
smack dab in the middle of running through all the hoops and
jumping through all the rings -- and there are a LOT of them
-- to get his gun registered in New York.
But the registration process wasn't yet complete when he
used his gun to defend his family. And Mr. Dixon lives in a
borough whose district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, "consid-
ers the prosecution of illegal-gun charges a supreme virtue.
Mr. Hynes wants Mr. Dixon to do jail time... If convicted of
the misdemeanor charge against him, Mr. Dixon could get as
much as a year. Mr. Hynes is offering a plea bargain that
would involve four weekends, tops, on Rikers Island."
You read that right. Mr. Dixon is facing up to a year on
RIKERS ISLAND if he doesn't accept the "plea bargain" from
District Attorney Hynes and plead GUILTY on a gun possession
charge, for a gun he had purchased legally and was in the
process of making legal in New York. And if he's found
guilty, his permanent record could keep him from obtaining
work in his field.
We just don't think that's right.
ACTION ITEM: The Brooklyn DA is elected to that position,
from what we understand. As an elected official, he is
obligated to listen to what voters have to say. So, we've
set up a way for you to easily communicate with him.
Go to the site below to send an editable pre-written message
to DA Charles J. Hynes, letting him know what you think of
prosecuting upstanding law-abiding citizens who try to
protect their families:
Or give Mr. Hynes a call at 718-250-2000 (718-250-2025 after
hours and weekends).
NOTE: This isn't a "gun control" issue; this is a FAMILY
PROTECTION issue. Be sure to forward this email to everyone
you know who wants to see *real* justice prevail in this
case. Thank you!
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