Updated: Nov 2, 2019
A man in Slidell, LA was arrested after opening fire on two men attempting to kidnap his son. Hakim Dumas was at a family member's home in the early morning hours of October 24th when two men showed up attempting to take his sleeping child. Dumas pulled his gun and shot at both men, killing one and injuring the other, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
A short time later, the surviving man, 24-year-old Billy Porche, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated attempted kidnapping of a child and second-degree murder. The murder charge comes as a result of his actions directly causing the death of the other individual.
Dumas was also arrested, and is facing felony charges. Why? Because Dumas is a convicted felon and prohibited from legally possessing a firearm under State and Federal law. According to the Sheriff's Office, Dumas is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated number or mark.
If convicted, Dumas faces a one to five year imprisonment sentence for possessing a firearm with an obliterated number, and five to twenty years imprisonment for possessing a firearm while being a felon.
So many people in the gun rights community believe that felons should not be legally allowed to possess a firearm. While it sounds good on paper, the problem is that all of these laws are infringements on our natural right to bear arms. The details of Dumas' past convictions are unknown, but it ultimately does not matter. The story is simple: a father is facing felony charges after defending his son. There is no justice in that.
Natural rights are not granted by government, therefore government has no authority to pick and choose who can and cannot exercise them. We either believe that keeping and bearing arms is a natural right, or it is a government-given privilege contingent upon good behavior. If it is a natural right (and it is), then no one can take it away; not government, and not society.
Hakim Dumas should have these charges dropped, but unfortunately that will not happen. Louisiana's legal system will prosecute him, and he will be stripped away from his son's life for a minimum of five years because he refused to allow his son to be a victim. There will be no marches in the streets, and no statements from the NRA. We can only hope that the jury nullifies these charges, but that is a long shot at best.
LSGR feels that every gun law is an infringement, including the laws that Mr. Dumas is charged with. We have written this article explaining why felons have the right to defend their lives with firearms. Join LSGR today and help us fight against this tyranny! Sign our petition, and make your voice heard!