by Patrick Kane
Brian Aitken had his life destroyed for doing something that all Americans are constitutionally guaranteed the right to do, owning a firearm. While moving to the draconian, gun-hating state of New Jersey, Brian was pulled over while transporting his gun to his new home. Guns are all but banned in New Jersey, save for under some special circumstances, one of which is moving a gun to a new residence. Even though Brian had done nothing illegal, he was sentenced to seven years in prison by a depraved, activist judge. He was pardoned after four months, but has been suffering from the fraudulent charges levied against him ever since.
Brian is still a convicted felon. He can’t travel to other countries, pass any type of background check, and worst of all, hasn’t been able to see his son in four years. Not only did Brian have four months of his life stolen from him, but his family as well. All this for doing absolutely nothing wrong.
There isn’t much I can say about Brian Aitken’s story that hasn’t already been said, save one small personal experience I had with Brian. I met him a few years ago at a retreat sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education in a small mountain town in Colorado. He was speaking to some people I knew, and I overheard somebody saying something about him being arrested. Selfishly, I asked him to retell his story to me, not knowing the full extent of the horrors he had gone through, and without considering how many time he must have been asked this before.
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