Free Matthew Corwin (CA)


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50 Shooter
May 1, 2007, 11:43 PM
Wrongfully accused, wrongfully imprisoned, and held for days without even being charged, Matthew Corwin is now a sad testimony to a climate of fear.

In this post-9/11 era, and especially after the recent tragedies at Virginia Tech, it is perhaps natural for people to be afraid. Fear can be a good thing. It keeps us alive and unhurt, prompting us to use another ATM machine, for example, when a group of thugs hangs around your first choice after dark, casting furtive glances at you as you walk by. But fear can consume you, too, and it can grow into a monster. If you were frightened by a young black man in baggy pants outside your ATM machine, would it be right for you to attack - or arrest - a black student on his way to class in the middle of the day? What if he were wearing baggy pants? Can you justify doing that to someone, just because you were frightened by the way they looked? What if this young man, who turns out to be the class president and had committed no crime, were arrested by the police? Would you be angry? Would you feel a sense of injustice? If you wouldn't, you need to have a long talk with yourself.

Yet this is exactly what was done to Matthew Corwin. President of the Associated Student Body at East L. A. College, military veteran, and part-time MP in the US Army Reserve, Matthew was arrested last week on suspicion of having illegal weapons. You see, in addition to his other interests, Matthew is also a gun-rights advocate. That's right, he has guns. He likes guns. He has lots of friends who like guns, and they go target shooting together on weekends. He is no brooding loner or psychopath. He is just different enough to get noticed. And get noticed he did, when he posted pictures of himself and his friends holding their guns on myspace.

Liking guns is not a crime. Having guns is not a crime. Wearing baggy pants is not a crime. It's true, there are some guns that we, as ordinary citizens, are not allowed to have. But Matthew knows these laws. He knows what is and is not legal, and he and his friends work hard to stay within the law. What they do not do is hide. They are not "in the closet" about their hobby. With them, what you see is what you get.

Last Thursday night, Matthew paid for that honesty, that openness, with his freedom. He didn't hurt anybody. He didn't threatened anybody. He just frightened somebody by being himself.

And now he is in jail. His bond is set at $365,000, so he will not be leaving any time soon. Adding insult to injury, he is prohibited from going within 100 yards of his school's campus, if he manages to get out of jail, or from contacting anyone there. How will he pass his classes and finish the term? Who will do his duties as student body president? Was he a threat to anyone, the next Virginia Tech shooter? Of course not. Ask any of his numerous friends, and they will tell you he was not.

Don't let this fear grow into a monster. Free Matthew Corwin.

Here's FOX 11's great coverage.
http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=3053309&version=1&locale=EN-US

ETA: Sorry about not crediting the author. "WolfMansDad at Calguns.net"

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stevemis
May 2, 2007, 12:13 AM
Your post doesn't mention that he was charged with the theft of military weapons. I suspect there's a lot to this story that hasn't come into the open yet.

Creeping Incrementalism
May 2, 2007, 12:54 AM
There's more info about this case on THR, you can take a look at this thread I created: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=273711

CalGuns.net has started a new sub-forum for him, and any other current legal cases that come up, at http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/forumdisplay.php?f=116

For now we're making a sort of virtual card out of one thread, so you can sign that if you want (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=56877) . There has been some talk of donating money for his legal defense if necessary, but nothing concrete has come of it yet.

Your post doesn't mention that he was charged with the theft of military weapons. I suspect there's a lot to this story that hasn't come into the open yet.

Not weapons, maybe military clothing. And he might have owned a sap glove. But the other charges appear to be for items that are legal.

For the next few days, or possibly weeks, we'll have to wait to see what becomes known, and any ways we can help (other than the virtual card), if possible. At least he has top-notch legal representation already.

AJAX22
May 2, 2007, 12:58 AM
the 'military weapons' he reportedly stole are actually semi auto 1919A4's that were a part of a group buy.

They are not military property, they were legally purchased.

the 'selling assult weapons' portion of his charge comes from him selling these same 1919's

they are not assult weapons, and they are listed on his charges as 'machine guns' even though they are not full auto.

The guy is getting rail roaded

glockman19
May 2, 2007, 01:01 AM
Complete Railroad by frightened people. Sad state. Bad State.

WolfMansDad
May 2, 2007, 05:49 PM
50 Shooter,

PM sent.

WMD

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