Yeah, know any good lawyers?
Plaxico Burress is an obnoxious ass who plays for a team I loathe. But all it took was for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to act like he committed the crime of the century for me to start sympathizing with him.
The incident itself was so stupid, it’s almost surreal. Burress goes into a night club with a loaded gun tucked into his sweatpants and accidentally shoots himself in the thigh. The gun was illegal for him to possess in New York City. He was certainly in violation of the law. But Mayor Bloomberg is pushing for a 3 1/2 year mandatory minimum jail sentence. Really? 3 1/2 years in jail? Is this really worse than what Michael Vick was doing?
It’s starting to become more well-known that many NFL players are carrying guns to protect themselves. A number of players have been feeling targeted recently. Redskins cornerback Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his own home last year in a burglary attempt. ESPN Magazine recently profiled a number of players who say that they fear for their lives when out in public. The vast majority of those players are responsible gun owners.
But Burress clearly isn’t. I think he should be punished for not having his weapon properly registered and for allowing it to go off in a public place, but I still find myself far more threatened by nanny state zealots like Michael Bloomberg than I do by dumbasses like Plaxico Burress.