Deterring Ex-Cons From Having Guns

Law-abiding gun owners have every right to wonder why so many politicians want to infringe upon their rights – while not doing enough about hoodlums who are real threats to public safety.

Last week two men pleaded guilty to, among other charges, being felons in possession of firearms.

When they were arrested in separate incidents earlier this year in Steubenville, the two ex-convicts were carrying firearms in public. One, Hakeem C. Herbert, 23, was involved in a gunfight, according to police.

Herbert’s sentence for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, as well as tampering with evidence, was just six months in jail.

The other man received an 18-month prison sentence for carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Seldom do we question judges’ sentencing decisions. They make such rulings after carefully considering all the facts.

Still, six months in jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm is not the type of sentence likely to deter others from similar behavior that threatens the peace.