A Suffolk County man has been federally charged with assaulting officers with a firearm in connection to a shooting in Boston that occurred in early June. John Boampong, 37, has been previously charged by local authorities with 21 counts of armed assault with intent to murder.
It’s alleged that Boampong became irate with police when his vehicle was stopped in the vicinity of a store that had been looted en masse during Boston’s George Floyd riots. He left the area, only to return and allegedly fire off 11 rounds in the direction of police officers securing the area. No one was wounded in the shooting, although there were property damages.
The area in which Boampong allegedly went off on the shooting rampage- the intersection of Arlington and Boylston streets in Boston- had been full of civilians as well as law enforcement officers. He was arrested that night.
Boampong, who was arrested on June 1st and charged with the state offenses, is being federally charged with one count each of assaulting a federal officer, interfering with a law enforcement officer during the commission of a civil disorder, and being a prohibited person under felony indictment in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He had been prohibited from gun ownership, as he was currently awaiting trial on a separate criminal charge entailing a prison sentence of more than one year, making him a prohibited possessor in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts man faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years for the federal charges.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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