Another example of how selective enforcement is the tool of modern totalitarianism. That governments pass harsh laws meant to lull the people into a false sense of security, by seeming to trade liberty for safety, then only enforcing the laws against the majority culture.
British people, if you are not angry yet, you really should be.
This is a strange story from the Bury Times and it raises an interesting point that we will come to later.
According to the report that you can read here, some enricher by the name of Hassan Hussain was found lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his foot and taken to hospital for treatment.
On being questioned by the police, Hussain informed them that he had been accosted by people wearing balaclavas, one of whom then shot him. The police quickly launched a major manhunt – they usually do when one of the enrichers has been attacked – and also reassured the local (more enrichers no doubt) community that they were treating the shooting seriously. How else are you supposed to treat a shooting?
However all was not what it seemed. Because forensic experts discovered that the gun that wounded the enricher had been fired at extremely close range and the truth was, that Hussain had deliberately shot himself in the foot – why not the head I asked myself? But it was his choice and he chose his foot to shoot – mores the pity.
Police then charged Hussain with wasting police time. A charge to which the enricher pleaded guilty to at the Bury Magistrates Court where he was sentenced to a paltry 18 weeks. By the time I finish typing this article, he will probably have been released for good behaviour.
Now there are actually a couple of points to be made here. Given that section 287 of the Criminal Justice act states that the minimum sentence for possessing illegal firearms are as follows:
- 3 years detention under section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 where the offender is aged 16 or 17 at the time of the offence and under 18 at the date of conviction(s 29 (3) (b) and s 29 (6)).
- 5 years imprisonment for offenders aged 18 or over at the time of conviction. Section 29 (5) makes express provision for offenders aged 18 to 20 inclusive to receive the mandatory sentence, by requiring a reference to a sentence of imprisonment to include a sentence of detention in a young offender institute.