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Real War on Women: single black mother faces jail for honest mistake

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Liberal progressives love to rant about the so-called “War on Women” in order to advance an inane idea that the GOP hates women. Progressive socialists seem to feel the only thing important to women is abortion and having contraceptives. They fail to realize the priority for most women is finding better opportunities for their children by way of a quality education. But liberals only support choice when it comes to killing babies, not educating them.

But no doubt the most important concern for women, particularly in inner city communities, is providing for the safety of their children.

Paradoxically, predominately black neighborhoods may have the highest rates of crime and violence, but also the most restrictive gun laws.

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Which leads me to the story of 27-year-old Shaneen Allen, a single black mother of two from Philadelphia who is being prosecuted in New Jersey for violating the Graves Act and faces three years in jail.

Last October, Ms. Allen was pulled over in New Jersey’s Atlantic County after making an unsafe lane change in the early morning hours. When she was stopped for the traffic violation, Allen told the officer that she had the .380 Bersa Thunder handgun, as well as a concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania, unaware that her permit was not transferable to The Garden State. But she was charged.

“The gun charge was not proper to begin with at all,” her attorney, Evan Nappen, told FoxNews.com. “She made an honest mistake.”

So to the liberal progressive gun control nuts I ask, is sending this mother to jail so vital for your agenda? Where are all those compassionate liberals who believe we should allow MS-13 gang members into our country but have no compassion for Shaneen Allen?

Funny, it seems that Ms. Allen and Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi have something in common — they both took a wrong turn by mistake and rightfully owned their guns — yet both are being persecuted.

Sergeant Tahmooressi, a decorated two-combat tour Marine, languishes in a Mexican jail and Ms. Allen, who has no criminal record, was later charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets. If convicted, the illegal possession of the handgun is a second-degree felony punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.

Now here is the insanity of Ms. Allen’s episode. “New Jersey’s draconian and crazy gun laws gives the judge no discretion here — none,” her attorney says. “You will get three years with no chance of parole if you’re convicted of this gun charge. So in the effort of promoting gun control in New Jersey, they’ve created a situation where very sympathetic people get harmed and turned into the victim by gun laws.”

Fox reports that “Allen had only owned the gun for a week prior to the arrest, according to her lawyer, and purchased it for her protection after being robbed twice in the past year. “The officer knew there was a gun there, she was completely honest and open,” Nappen continued. “There’s no aggravating factors in this case; she’s a single mom of two, working in the medical field who was robbed twice and that’s what inspired her to get a gun license in the first place.”

Despite a lack of a criminal record, Nappen said Allen was not accepted into a diversionary program that would allow her to avoid jail time altogether. Why? Can you liberal progressives explain this? It’s a true example of a “War on Women” — namely single black mothers seeking protection for their children. What message is sent? Be law abiding and make a simple mistake and you’re sentenced away for three years? And what of her children? Oh I get it, the welfare nanny-state will take care of it.

This is insanity, and where is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on this case? America should be melting down his phone lines and demanding his state drop this insidious waste of taxpayer dollars and admit Ms. Allen into the diversionary program. Ms. Allen was scheduled for a pre-trial conference today — it should have never gone this far. What the episode surrounding Ms. Shaneen Allen demonstrates is that gun control agendas are more important than a hard working single black mother — a previous crime victim — protecting her children.

And where is President Obama who seems to chime in on every other situation? Governor Christie, where is your boisterous voice? Anyone who supports the prosecution of Shaneen Allen supports the real War on Women — inner city black mothers fighting against all odds.

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