Re: did plaxico burress get a raw deal?
posted at 8/27/2009 7:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: did plaxico burress get a raw deal?
In Response to Re: did plaxico burress get a raw deal? : I don't like Plax, so it doesn't tickle my fancy taking his side on anything. I could compare it to the Stallworth case like this: 1. Both men knew full well that they were violating a law. Plax knew he shouldn't have had an unregistered gun with him, and Stallworth knew you don't drink and drive. The both intentionally decided to break the law. Both men knew bad things can happen. Stallworth should have know that driving impaired can lead to bad things, and as for Plax, well I just think alcohol and guns probably don't mix. 2. Neither man "intended" to do harm. I doubt Stallworth got into his vehicle intending to run over someone, and I doubt Plax intended to shoot himself or anyone else sans self defense. I'm aware of the somewhat spirited views some have of Plax and that they will insist he was out there intending to jack someone. I don't think that's a credible assumption. 3. They both intentionally broke a law, and they both harmed someone. Of the two, the harm caused by Stallworth was far greater. Driving impaired is every bit as reckless and dangerous as carrying a gun. You cannot be "registered" to drive impaired though. What if they had mandatory sentences for anyone convicted of a DUI? What if the first violation sent you away for 2 years? After all, a car in the hands of a drunk driver is more dangerous than a gun (registered or not) in the hands of an otherwise law abiding citizen who doesn't make a living jacking people. To be my own devil's advocate though, Plax mixed alcohol and guns. I think that makes it equal.
Posted by carawaydj
Sorry, but need ti disagree. Stallworth's problem came when a 3rd party walked into his moving vehicle. No contact: no stop, no police, no trouble, at least at that point. Plax's issues undoubtedly happened when he decided to play Gunslinger with his loaded weapon, and I'm referring to the gun. I have yet to know of ANY loaded weapon discharging as long as the safety is on.
Were they both guilty of breaking the law? Undoubtedly. Would they have been caught if their "incidents" hadn't have happened? Stallworth, probably not, as the natural course of events could have played out. Plax, he'd probabky get the same result after diddling with his gun.
Ask yourself this: IF Stallworth was not DUI, and the accident happened, would we even be discussing it? Keep in mind we're putting all the elements in the same place (him, the moving vehicle, and the victim). Only the DUI made this more newsworthy. As for Plax, we'll put him, the club, and the gun in the same place. To make this incident seem less newsworthy, we'll have to remove an element. Can't remove him, the club or the gun. The only element we can remove is the gun to keep this from happening as it played out. Sorry, that can't happen. Plax compounded his stupiduity by obviously trying to play Lone Ranger with it. It's well know that he's got other guns, and should obviously know the significance of the "safety" feature. He compounded hi stupidity by removing it, if he even had it on at all. And I don't care how dumb you are, NO ONE will out a loaded handgun xosn his pants ith the safety off.