Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Maybe stupidity should be a criminal offense. How stupid can a person be? I'm referring to Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants. (Doesn't his name, Plaxico sound like the name of a drug company or prescription medicine?)

Over the weekend he somehow managed to shoot himself in the thigh while in a night club in New York City with a hand gun that he didn't have a permit to carry and was also unlicensed. I'm going to go all anti or pro NRA here but why bring a loaded gun into a club? Did he want to be ready for anything? Did he want to appear macho? It was just an accident waiting to happen and he's lucky he shot himself and not an innocent bystander. What was he thinking? Obviously he wasn't. The penalty for this is a felony with automatic jail time. My opinion? Throw the book at him and make an example out of him.

Many, not all, of today's athletes and celebrities think that they can do what they please. Perhaps thinking the rules and laws don't apply to them because they're rich and famous. They shouldn't be treated any differently than the average Joe when it comes to this stuff but you know how it is; money talks.
Mr. Burress has plead not guilty and since I'm not a lawyer I don't really understand how you can plead that when it's obvious you had the gun and shot yourself. He has procured the services of attorney Benjamin Brafman who coincidentally (or not) was Sean Combs' lawyer when he was arrested on the same charge in 1999. Brafman somehow managed to get a unanimous not guilty decision for P. Diddy on that occasion. I don't think it will be as easy this time since the new law that was enacted in 2006 makes this a felony with no parole option.
I'm interested to see how this all plays out. I'm predicting that Plaxico Burress will get out of this weapons charge somehow and manage to keep his job in the NFL. What a great role model for his young son.

On second thought if stupidity was a crime the jails and prisons would be overflowing more than they are now. Everyone does something stupid sometime, just somethings are more stupid than others.


Craze said...

That was a pretty stupid act. And there really is no reason he should have gun in a night club. Law is nothing but politics.

Big Pissy said...

That really was pretty stupid.

But you can't expect much from someone named "Plaxico" or whatever it was. LOL

just me said...

the thing is, he was wearing sweat pants! To me he's lucky he didn't lose the "family jewels"!

Slick said...

It's funny because I was thinking the same thing about "Plaxico". Some kind of medicine name...

I say they need to throw the book at him as well. I mean really, why would he even need a gun in a night club??

Stupid people..

Kitten Herder said...

After my recent firearms training, I can tell you that it takes a pretty stupid move to shoot yourself unintentionally.

Maybe we need a distinct prison system for stupid people, or maybe just an asylum system ... since these folks are a danger to themselves and others.