MAN IMPRISONED OVER LEGALLY-PURCHASED GUNS LAMENTS A LIFE DESTROYED
When media consultant Brian Aitken moved from Colorado to New Jersey to be closer to his son in 2009, police found legally-purchased, locked, and unloaded handguns in the trunk of his car. Aitken was arrested, imprisoned, and denied the ability to see his son.
Although Aitken regained a small taste of freedom when his 7-year sentence was commuted after 4 months, he has yet to get his life back. He is labeled a felon, which means he cannot own guns, he cannot vote, and he cannot travel internationally since his passport was revoked. Moreover, because of the firearms charges he faced over his legally purchased guns, he is barred from seeing his son.
Missouri town harassed an alleged rape victim and her family until they fled
Despite solid evidence of a crime, an alleged rapist is never prosecuted. Then the small town turned on the victim
After blacking out at a party, a 14-year-old Missouri teenager, showing signs of sexual assault, was abandoned, alone and unconscious, on her family’s frost-covered lawn by a group of her male classmates.
“The low temperature in the area that day was listed at 22 degrees, and the teen had spent roughly three hours outside, wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants. Her hair was frozen. Scattered across an adjacent lot were her daughter’s purse, shoes and cellphone,” writes Dugan Arnett in a harrowing report in the Kansas City Star on how the small town of Maryville, Mo., turned on the victim, Daisy Coleman (Daisy and her mother elected to be named in the story), after she reported the incident, in which she was allegedly raped by a male classmate while another filmed it.
Melinda Coleman discovered her daughter on the lawn and, after removing her frozen clothes, noticed abrasions on her daughter’s body consistent with sexual assault. She immediately called the police. And, in perhaps the only bright spot in this dark story, the police acted swiftly.
The rapist is the grandson of a powerful state senator. Not only was he not charged, the whole town turned on the girl and her family and ran them out of town and burned their house down.