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Why Taking Mel Gibson's Guns Is Wrong

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Since Mel Gibson has never been convicted of a violent crime, since he has never used a gun in a violent fashion, and since there is increasing suspicion as to the release of those awful tapes this week, the judge presiding over the nastiness between Gibson and former girlfriend should be careful in how he proceeds.

I listened to the Mel Gibson tapes this week. I'm fully aware of the horrendous things Mel Gibson said to another human being. Nothing that I am about to explain defends those actions in any way.

It is also true that while Perez Hilton and the rest of the voyeur industry of muck and shame have taken great delight in Gibson's downfall over the past few weeks, nary a word is mentioned about that other Hollywood icon who got to rape young girls with impunity a few years back, and this week went free. In fact when the Swiss decided to allow Roman Polanski to walk it may have been the only significant statement they've made on an international matter in a century or two. The Swiss never can quite seem to summon up the courage to call nazism, totalitarianism, or even terrorism--immoral.

So what's a little child rape between soulless nations?

But I digress.

This week a judge ordered Mel Gibson to turn in or get rid of all firearms in his possession and to submit a statement to the court asserting as much. The impetus for doing so is a claim by Gibson's former girlfriend that the actor waived a gun in her face and mumbled something about showing her "how to get out of here real fast (link) ." This is a claim that has no evidence besides the girlfriend's testimony. Testimony that needs to be questioned for a variety of reasons. All such accusations should always be tested and verified before singularly usurping a non-felon's Constitutionally protected second amendment rights.

This week besides the horrific audio that got splashed conveniently across every news channel, while the Polanski get-away-with-rape-for-free-fest transpired simultaneously, the media also failed to mention the evaluation of those leaked tapes by two top audio forensic experts. "Exceptional quality" and "professionally made" were just the early observations (link) by the experts identified in Hollywood based media outlets this week. One of the experts demonstrated through sophisticated audio analysis (link) how many redactions had been eliminated from the original recording.

What the tapes do have on them are Mel Gibson's voice saying horrific things, but if you were like me scratching your head trying to figure out what caused the seemingly absurd changes in mood, random thought patterns, and extreme elevations of intensity on the tapes absent hardly any audio from the girlfriend, you weren't crazy. The tapes were doctored and much of what likely caused Mel's trigger temper to explode is missing from the discussions.

My point?

If Oksana and her merry band of dishonest audio pirates were purposefully luring Mel into what were designed to be premeditated discussions, designed to set off the unsuspecting actor, only to then be dishonestly released to the public, then no judge has any business taking Oksana's word on a he said, she said account of something like waiving a gun and issuing a death threat. (What she claimed his "show you how to get out of here real fast" comment supposedly was.)

For the record the comment sounds to me like he's referring to her getting out of the house.

There is no doubt that Mel is a troubled man. The left hate him because he made a movie about God's message of redemption for sinners. Redemption has actually been a consistent theme in many of Mel's works over the years. So when the chance comes to pound the man to a bloody pulp, the Perez Hiltons, Joy Behars and "others who hate Christians" of the world can't resist. Behar going so far this week on her own show as to proclaim herself perfect (link) . I kid you not... she said it.

Mel Gibson's problems are bigger than he can deal with on his own. From his racially tinged remarks ("tinged" because he never said that you should be "killing" other races... "and they babies" (link) (Gotta love the Philadelphia public school English grammar classes!)) that he has apologized for, to his issues with alcohol, and most recently his seemingly out-of-context temper Mel is a broken man, with a lot of problems to sort out.

Even in all the ways he's fallen short of being a role model, his own ex-wife defended his honor and behavior as a father and human being (link) this week with a certified letter to the court.

The judge is basing his entire case on confiscating Gibson's guns on the hearsay of a woman who is seeking to hurt Gibson very publicly at this time. Two top forensic experts pointed out this week that she has been dishonest already in how she has leaked information to the public to hurt Gibson.

It is an illegitimate, and unconstitutional demand to force Gibson to get rid of his guns, and the judge knows it.

But if the judiciary in this nation truly cared about weapons and intimidation, a host of prosecutors would be indicting members of the Justice Department for racist policies by continuing to allow intimidation by violent groups, i.e. the New Black Panthers (the mirror image of the Ku Klux Klan), to threaten "to kill crackers."

"...AND they babies!"

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