The story below, from England, illustrates how far socialist control freaks will go in furthering their agenda. If September 1940 was, as Sir Winston Churchill put it, "...their finest hour.", November 2009 is their most pathetic. It is hard watching the WWII movies depicting the gallant fight for the freedom of the world knowing how the story turns out a mere sixty-seven years later with the western world meekly sliding into the socialism they so manly opposed then.
Ex-soldier faces jail for handing in gun
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:30
A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for "doing his duty".
Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown
Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to
police officers on March 20 this year.
The jury took 20 minutes
to make its conviction, and Mr Clarke now faces a minimum of five year's
imprisonment for handing in the weapon.
In a statement read out in court, Mr Clarke said: "I didn't think for one moment I would be arrested.
"I thought it was my duty to hand it in and get it off the streets."
court heard how Mr Clarke was on the balcony of his home in Nailsworth
Crescent, Merstham, when he spotted a black bin liner at the bottom of
In his statement, he said: "I took it indoors and inside found a shorn-off shotgun and two cartridges.
didn't know what to do, so the next morning I rang the Chief
Superintendent, Adrian Harper, and asked if I could pop in and see him.
"At the police station, I took the gun out of the bag and placed it on the table so it was pointing towards the wall."
Mr Clarke was then arrested immediately for possession of a firearm at Reigate police station, and taken to the cells.
Lionel Blackman told the jury Mr Clarke's garden backs onto a public
green field, and his garden wall is significantly lower than his
He also showed jurors a leaflet printed by Surrey Police
explaining to citizens what they can do at a police station, which
included "reporting found firearms".
Quizzing officer Garnett, who
arrested Mr Clarke, he asked: "Are you aware of any notice issued by
Surrey Police, or any publicity given to, telling citizens that if they
find a firearm the only thing they should do is not touch it, report it
by telephone, and not take it into a police station?"
To which, Mr Garnett replied: "No, I don't believe so."
Brian Stalk, explained to the jury that possession of a firearm was a
"strict liability" charge – therefore Mr Clarke's allegedly honest
intent was irrelevant.
Just by having the gun in his possession he was guilty of the charge, and has no defence in law against it, he added.
But despite this, Mr Blackman urged members of the jury to consider how they would respond if they found a gun.
He said: "This is a very small case with a very big principle.
"You could be walking to a railway station on the way to work and find a firearm in a bin in the park.
"Is it unreasonable to take it to the police station?"
Paul Clarke will be sentenced on December 11.
Christopher Critchlow said: "This is an unusual case, but in law there
is no dispute that Mr Clarke has no defence to this charge.
"The intention of anybody possessing a firearm is irrelevant."
Paul Clarke received a suspended sentence of one year.