Oh, the irony.
A leading local civil rights attorney was arrested over the weekend at Cleveland Hopkins Airport for having a concealed handgun in his carry-on bag, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday. David Malik, the original attorney for the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was slain by police in November, spent the night in jail after a .22 caliber handgun and a box of ammunition were discovered by airport security.
“What’s interesting about David is he is such an anti-gun person,” Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told the press. “He’s such an anti-violence person, and of all the things for him to get arrested for, that really surprises me.”
It may surprise Loomis, but prominent anti-gun activists personally involved with guns, sometimes illegally, is a phenomenon gun rights advocates have pointed out before. Such revelations are generally accompanied with comments suggesting no small amount of self-serving elitism.
That was the case a year ago, when SAFE Act proponent Dwayne Ferguson was arrested for illegally having a gun on his person at a Buffalo elementary school, prompting a police lockdown. As with Malik’s case, the violation was said to be unwitting, although Ferguson had the gun on his person, and he did not come forward and notify police. Also similar to Malik’s circumstances, there was no shortage of community voices coming forward with testimonials.
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