Another Member Of Mayors Against Illegal Guns In Trouble For A Gun Crime

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Last month, we offered up a sampling of hypocritical and criminal behavior from members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pet gun control group.

One Pennsylvania Mayor who made it on the list was James Schiliro, who was arrested last February for reckless endangerment after he fired off a gun to intimidate a guest who was attempting to leave Schiliro’s home.

Schiliro, formerly the Mayor of Marcus Hook, Pa., went to jail Monday after a judge sentenced him to at least 10 months of prison, five years of probation and 50 hours of community service. He was convicted in November of reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression and furnishing liquor to a minor.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s account of Schiliro’s behavior needs no sensational embellishment:

Schiliro was sentenced to 10 to 20 months for an alcohol-fueled episode last February in which he had a police car bring a former neighbor — a 20-year-old to whom he said he was attracted — to his home, made him drink wine, and refused to let him leave for 3 ½ hours.

During the encounter, Schiliro threatened to kill himself and fired a gun into a stack of papers. The man eventually left and later called police.

… At the house that night in February, Schiliro told [houseguest Nicholas] Dorsam he wanted to commit suicide. Then Dorsam talked about Schiliro’s daughter, who was asleep upstairs.

“I was so drunk and so upset with myself for what I did, if Nick didn’t mention my daughter I would have killed myself,” Schiliro said. “That is the only thing that kept me from pulling the trigger.”

Schiliro, who sold the weapon shortly after the encounter, entered an alcohol-treatment program and underwent counseling.

Emotional testimony and passionate pleas from friends and family had little effect on Judge James F. Nilon, who said he was skeptical that Schiliro, even after the conviction, grasped the seriousness of his behavior.

National Review observed Tuesday that Schiliro was among the 600 municipal and regional leaders who signed a letter last year calling on Congress to enact tougher Federal gun control laws — and that Mayors Against Illegal Guns removed his name from the list of signers after he was arrested.

Here’s a graphic, created by the Second Amendment Foundation, that features even more current and former mayors whose esteem for the rule of law calls into question their preoccupation with legislating guns.

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Schiliro didn’t make the list because his crime took place in February of 2013 — three months after this graphic was made.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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