Bryce Reed, the former West EMS who pled guilty to having bomb-making material, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Don't get me wrong, Reed broke the law and tried to cover up the fact that he had these things. But let's get one thing straight: this case for the feds was never about cracking down on crime or getting dangerous people off the streets or the ATF preventing someone from blowing something up.
This was a CYA move by the feds who, contrary to local authorities that came out and said Reed didn't have anything to do with the explosion, let that guilt by association linger out there for months.
Reed did a lot of things wrong after the explosion including possibly misrepresenting himself to national media and also trying to cover his tracks for having the bomb-making material in the first place. But did he deserve a 21 month prison sentence? Absolutely not.
I know we're talking apples and oranges here, but also in the news today is this story of a woman who robbed three banks in Waco and got three years in prison. (She was also represented by the same attorney who represented Bryce Reed.) Rob three banks and get 26 months. Get caught with stuff to make a pipe bomb (described by his attorney basically as redneck, country fireworks) without any proof or evidence you were ever going to do anything bad with it and you get 21 months.
According to Dan Soloman writing in Texas Monthly magazine, scenes like this are your fault if you already own a flatscreen, ipad or laptop:
There's something hypocritical about people who already own flatscreen televisions, laptops, and tablets using those devices to watch videos of people fighting for the chance to have those things, and then making fun of them for wanting them. Both groups are part of a
culture that insists that having a tablet, a smartphone, a flatscreen, and their various accessories are indicators of status and the keys to a happy life—but only one group can afford to buy them.
Then, for one hour a year, those things go on sale at prices that allow people who line up at the Walmart in Saginaw on Thanksgiving to actually own them. The video of what happens next might not be flattering, but it's not a good look to mock people for wanting things
that the people who make the jokes already have.
That's right: it's all your fault. All these poor people are trying to do is live up to society's expectations that you can already afford .
It's hard to be ungrateful when the vast majority of donations haven't been handed out yet - nearly eight months after the explosion.
The NFL has an advertising policy. Fine. It doesn't allow gun or gun-related ads. Fine.
But they blatant hypocrisy of banning this ad, which, while definitely a pro-gun ad, is about defending your family and taking responsibility for their safety, is obvious.
Violent movies? Yep. Alcohol? Sure. Crotch-grabbing, slutty half-time shows? You betcha. Repeated blows to the head and NFL players who constantly use war and military analogies as if their little game is the same as battle? How exciting!
Defending your family? Not a chance.
Here's the story from Guns and Ammo. Watch the ad below.