Skip to comments.New York City: Outlawing Self-Defense
Posted on 06/30/2003 11:27:05 AM PDT by freepatriot32
As a cop, I was taught that deadly force is permitted to protect ones own life or the lives of others. That simple precept of justice seems to have been forgotten by Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney Charles Hynes.
Hynes conducted not a prosecution, but a persecution, of Ronald Dixon - a man who acted within the tenets of the law to protect his family from a criminal.
Awakened in the middle of the night by a burglar Dixon did the only thing he could do: He shot him with a legally purchased a handgun. However, that firearm was legally purchased in Florida. Dixon was in the process of having it registered in New York when the incident occurred. He had paid $500 to a firm to have it registered in New York, where gun laws have a Byzantine complexity. The firm subsequently went bankrupt and the application was not completed. Because it was not yet registered in New York State, technically Dixon possessed the gun illegally.
The facts of the case are not in dispute. Hynes has acknowledged this:
Were not disputing that Mr. Dixon had a right to shoot the person who broke into his house. But he had no right to have that gun.
Regardless of the danger Dixons family faced, DA Hynes wants is to send this Navy veteran and father of two, who has never before been had a single encounter with the law, to jail -- the same jail, Rikers Island, as the burglar who robbed him! The burglar has nineteen prior arrests for criminal trespassing, burglary, and attempted assault. (Ironically, for the burglars first conviction he received probation). Ron Dixon, a law-abiding citizen, is going to jail because he tried to protect his family from this burglar.
DA Hynes has discretion as to whether to prosecute a case or not. Rather than save the taxpayers money and a veterans family untold trauma Hynes threatened Dixon with a lengthy prison sentence if he did not accept a plea bargain. Ron Dixon will still spend three days in jail, but the conviction will not appear on his record. He will, thankfully, still be able to vote and own a firearm. But why should such a citizen be harassed with three days confinement for preserving his family's life?
Contrast Hynes attitude in this case with a less politically correct target: a mother who scalded her four-year-old child to death. In that case, Hynes declined prosecution altogether, instead returning the mothers remaining children to her loving custody.
Nor was this the first instance of Hynes combining fatuity and fanaticism with gun-laws. Three years ago, he authored a gun purchase program for his district in Brooklyn. The program offered $250 for each gun citizens would turn into the authorities. It was an immediate success-which was no shock to anyone who knew anything about guns. The state was offering more money for used handguns than new ones cost in most southern states. Hynes cohort in this program, Senator Schumer, issued a report that indicated most guns used in crimes in New York City were purchased in Mississippi and Texas. No wonder they must have been bringing in guns by the thousands to be sold.
Hynes seems to be driven by his ideology more than the law and common sense. Hynes was once quoted as saying that If youve got one person sitting in jail that shouldnt be there, the system has done a terrible thing.  Does this not apply to Ron Dixon? I learned another thing as a cop: It is better to be tried by twelve than carried by six. Dixon should have opted for trial. I doubt that any twelve Brooklyn citizens are as delusional as the Brooklyn DA. Dixon would never have been convicted.
This entire case recalls the case of poor Tony Martin, a middle-aged British man sentenced to prison for accidentally shooting an intruder in self-defense, then denied parole on the grounds that he represented "a threat to burglars."
The actions of Charles Hynes are unconscionable. This injustice can only be remedied - and must be remedied immediately - by New York Governor George Pataki. If ever there was a case that shouted for a pardon from the governor, this is it.
yeah right that will never happen hes a bigger political p***y then george bush
With all due respect, this writer doesn't know all the facts of the case, essentially Hynes lowered the charge so that there would be no jury trial. By essentially stripping Dixon of a jury of 12, and putting a small but never the less longer then 3 day jail sentence as punishment, he basically extorted him into a plea.
For close-in fighting....in the dark....where you know the terrain, a sword is a better weapon than a handgun.
A sharp blade will quickly "disarm" an intruder without killing him.
How being judged by just one? That was Dixon's only option, he was not going to get a jury trial.
Try having a sword in NYC and see what happens if the cops know it. Our penal code is like 18 pages on whats banned in regards to swords, knives, daggers, etc.
I don't think its illegal, but he may sue you. My family got sued by a burglar who stepped on a rake (I know, like the cartoons, it does happen in real life), he broke his nose, got caught, and sued us.....and also included loss of income as part of the damages he sought.
Thankfully, he lost his case, and we pressed charges. Never the less, NYS's legislature is at best, idiotic, at worst, evil.
This Hynes guy is a true afthole.
It is rather odd that Texans can carry rifles and shotguns in their vehicles with no issues at all; pistols with a CCW, but clubs, knives and tomahawks (yes they are explicitly mentioned in the code) are banned.
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