George Grier — a family man whose home in Uniondale, on Long Island just east of New York City, was threatened last weekend by two dozen gang members – thought he as doing the right thing protecting his family by confronting the gang bangers with a rifle he lawfully kept in his home. Instead, he found out that in Nassau County, home to an estimated 2,000 members of the ultra-violent “MS-13″ gang, brandishing a firearm, even in defense of one’s home and family, is a criminal offense. He was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment.
What landed Grier in legal hot water was not that he fired the rifle (a semi-automatic AK-47) at any of the gang members gathered on his lawn who were taunting him with threats to kill him, his wife and his children; but that he fired a few warning shots into his lawn in an obvious attempt to scare the thugs away, not to kill or even wound anyone.
As explained by Nassau County’s finest – who were alerted to the incident by sound detectors in the neighborhood that apparently can pinpoint the sound of gunshots and alert the police — because Grier admitted he did not see any of the gang members draw a weapon on him, his use of a rifle to try and scare them away was excessive and unlawful.
We can hope that if the local prosecutor persists in pursuing these trumped-up charges against Grier, a jury will acquit him. However, in New York, where New York City’s mayor proudly upholds that city’s draconian gun control law that disarms virtually all law-abiding citizens, such result is by no means assured.