Yahoo- A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition has had a New Jersey gun possession charge against him dropped.
The Trentonian reports prosecutors dismissed charges against Marcus Hubbard last week, citing a lack of evidence.
Authorities say Hubbard and three other men were in a car that ran a red light in Trenton last summer and had a stolen handgun in a seatback pocket. All four men were charged after none of them took responsibility for the gun.
Hubbard spent four months in jail. The Salem resident injured his spine in a car accident and may have Lou Gehrig's disease. His lawyer called the gun possession charge shocking.
So, I have never been a huge gun guy. However, if you are going to be a gun guy in a state where it is illegal to carry, the most bulletproof plan is to have non-functioning arms. Now, not having functioning arms is kind of a downer, but the ability to carry a gun without any threat of being able to pull it is quite the moral victory. I am actually shocked this guy got locked up. Gun possession shouldn't be a crime if you are physically unable to do anything criminal with said gun. I can't believe telling the cops that his arms didn't work still earned him 4 months in the clink. They should have thrown a football directly at his face to make sure he wasn't lying and then let him off with a stern warning.
Think about the reason that people carry guns. I would say 95% of the time it's for intimidation. No one, outside of a school shooter or six, actually leaves the house WANTING to shoot someone. Maybe keep the 9 peeking out of your back pocket so people know you mean business. It's an automatic leg-up in negotiations of any kind. Now sure, that 5% when Hubbard might actually need the use of that gun he would be fucked, but someone without arms should probably use some discretion with the circles in which he runs. It's always good to have some kind of protection, and I can't see swinging lifeless arms at someone being that effective. Now, having a gun that you can't shoot sitting in your pocket isn't all that effective either, but scaring off a majority of people that happen to look in your waist band is just about the best protection you can ask for when you can only use half your limbs. I think I just convinced myself that all armless people should be allowed to carry deadly weapons. What could possibly go wrong? They certainly wouldn't be the most handicapped people carrying heat. Not if the state of Florida has anything to say about it.