Gun control activist and ardent SAFE Act supporter, Dwayne Ferguson, was arrested last week in Buffalo for carrying a loaded handgun on public school property.
Via Publius Forum:
Dwayne Ferguson an African American community activist and vehement anti-gun campaigner who worked tirelessly for New York’s gun grabbing SAFE Act was arrested last week for carrying a concealed weapon into a grade school. He said he “forgot” he had the gun on him and wants to be given a pass on the violation.
Last week, Ferguson, the leader of the extremist anti-gun group MAD DADS, was the cause of a lockdown of Harvey Austin Elementary, in Buffalo, New York. Police responded to a call about a man with a gun on school grounds with their search ending when they found Ferguson’s handgun.
The incident prompted State Police to respond in droves. They provided “over a dozen squad cars,” a Swat team, K9 Units, a helicopter and an armored vehicle. Harvey Austin Elementary was immediately placed on lockdown.
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Ferguson’s defense was that he simply forgot having the pistol on him, and that he has a license for the weapon.
But in an ironic twist, having a license no longer constitutes a defense when carrying a weapon in a gun-free zone, and the SAFE Act, something that the anti-gun Ferguson helped push, makes it a felony to carry a gun on school property.
According to Guns.com, Ferguson didn’t believe the SAFE Act was restrictive enough:
Ironically, it’s the same legislation that Ferguson supported that, at least in part, landed him in hot water. In fact, back in March at a rally in support of the NY SAFE Act, he admitted that he didn’t think the legislation went far enough.
“Our kids are not buying assault weapons, they’re buying pistols and they’re buying them right out of community stores and back here in the school. So this is serious. It needs to go further than what it is,” he said at the rally.
Further adding to the irony, one of his friends claimed that had there actually been a gunman on scene, Ferguson could have come to the aid of law enforcement. And yet, anti-gun zealots vehemently oppose arming teachers, and frequently mocking Second Amendment supporters who state that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
George Johnson, president of Buffalo United Front and friend of Ferguson, pointed out that had there been an actual gunman at the school, Ferguson could have been a valuable asset to law enforcement, contradicting the very idea of gun-free school zones which they advocate.
“Dwayne probably was in a position to help the police not knowing that he was the one they were looking for,” Johnson said.
Ferguson faces four years in prison, in-part due to the SAFE Act.