Monday, August 25, 2014

Georgia gun-nuts give rapists, pedophiles back their guns

So I came across this truly mortifying story, about a Georgia cop who tried to sodomize a woman with his service weapon. That failing, he raped her.
Krauss was convicted of sexual assault against a person in custody, and this one instance of sexual assault is far from the only allegation against him. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “[h]is record was filled with allegations of misconduct: that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest.” The former cop, for his part, is unrepentant. When asked about his sexual assault conviction, he claims that “[t]here wasn’t any crime,” and that “I was dealt a bad hand.”
Now this cop sounds like a poster boy for the NRA's "bad guy" that we all need to be armed against, right? Funny* story...due to Georgia's gun nuttery, this POS is now another "bad guy with a gun" -- because last year "the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored Krauss’ right to carry a firearm." And he's not alone.
According to a Journal-Constitution tally, he is one of 358 violent felons who regained these rights over a six year period. That includes 32 violent felons who killed someone, and 44 who committed sex crimes. One man regained his right to own a gun in 2012 after serving a 10 year sentence for child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Some offenders regained their gun rights after being convicted of crimes such as armed robbery, burglary or aggravated assault.
Between re-arming violent criminals and rapists and opposing background checks that keep firearms out of the hands of those legally barred from owning them, it's getting more and more obvious that the right's gun nuttery has nothing to do with a legitimate exercise of second amendment rights, or the safety of Americans. In fact, America's gun nuts are actively enforcing policies that do the opposite: that put children, women and everyone else at risk by making it easier for criminals to own arms -- and even re-arming violent criminals.

*and by funny, I mean f'ing horrifying

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