Felon with gun
I do not generally favor mandatory sentences. Many judges do not either. The felon in question had a recent assault conviction and other lesser violations. My emphasis was that of 25 charges, many of them serious, all got probation. All these folks have to pay their probation supervision or go to jail. It is a fair question you ask. So no, I do not favor a mandatory or automatic type sentences, each case is truly different. An earlier lapse of judgement should not put a person out of the game permanently. I did not think the people in that trial date should all have gotten probation. Some of the guilty did not even have to pay a fine, but did have to pay court costs. When people commit more serious crimes, for example, armed robbery, assault with a firearm, sexual assault and so forth, they should be held accountable and that would include fines and/or jail time. What I was trying to point out is that out of 25 people with a non-jury trial ALL were given probation, including those with more serious crimes. My sense of this is that the judge was incredibly lenient or liberal in his deliberations and/or the county could not afford to incarcerate these particular people. I included the convicted felon in there because of the nature of his particular crime. Carry at the park, shooting in the city limits, I was fine with probation of those folks. NOT the ones with the more serious crimes. I am less comfortable with the guilty fellow who pulled a gun on someone he was having an argument with. I think we are in basic agreement and should have given more information on that one person and some of the more serious offenses for which, in my opinion, were not suitable for probation. Self-defense is a natural right, not just one afforded by the 2nd amendment. The problem is, as you know, that a felon cannot have a firearm. In a practical sense, if your old time felon friend had to pull a gun, the last thing he will worry about is whether the gun is legal in his hands or not. If he is dead, that question never really comes up, so I think we are on the same page on your post.