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MSU Gunman Got Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor on 2019 Gun Arrest

Posted on | February 14, 2023 | 1 Comment

Anthony Dwayne McRae

Although certain Internet sleuths had, by monitoring police scanners, discovered the identity of the gunman who killed three Michigan State University students and wounded five others before committing suicide, I hadn’t followed the story of Monday night’s shooting closely. So this morning, when there was a televised press conference in Lansing about the massacre, I was still waiting for them to identify the gunman. Instead, the press conference began with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lecturing about the need to do something about guns, and continued for another 20 minutes before police finally got around to identifying the gunman as 43-year-old Anthony Dwayne McRae. By that time, I’d figured out that the shooter probably wasn’t a Trump voter, IYKWIMAITYD.

Whenever liberals are downplaying the identity of the shooter and his motive in such a situation, intelligent people can usually guess why they’re doing this. But it turns out that there was more to be concealed:

[McRae] was arrested in Lansing and charged in June 2019 with carrying a concealed pistol without a concealed carry permit, according to Ingham County court records obtained Tuesday by The Detroit News. The initial charge was a felony that carried a potential penalty of five years in prison, according to the records.
At about 3 a.m. June 7, 2019, an officer encountered McRae in Lansing where the officer asked him if he had any weapons on him. McRae acknowledged he had a gun but he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit, according to court records. McRae also had a magazine in his right breast pocket, according to the court records. . . .
In October 2019, Ingham County prosecutors added a second charge against McRae: possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a misdemeanor.
That same month, October 2019, McRae agreed to plead guilty to the lesser misdemeanor charge, and prosecutors dismissed the felony charge.
The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
McRae was sentenced in November 2019 to 12 months probation. In October 2020, six additional months were added to his probation, according to court records. The addition was meant to allow him to complete the terms of the probation order, the records said.
His probation period concluded in May 2021.

This is always how it is with liberals and gun control. They’re unwilling to enforce existing laws, because they’re against putting criminals in prison, but every time there’s a mass shooting, they demand new gun-control laws, in order to punish law-abiding citizens who had nothing to do with the atrocity. So here you have a mass murderer who could have been sent to prison for five years, but was instead given a year of probation, and Gretchen Whitmer wants to seize the occasion of this tragedy to lecture us about the need to “do something,” as if the obvious solution — putting criminals in prison — were not even an option.

By the way, it appears that McRae was suffering from mental illness — his Facebook profile seemed to show a fixated interest in demonic possession — but that just proves something I’ve been saying over and over for years: Crazy People Are Dangerous.

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One Response to “MSU Gunman Got Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor on 2019 Gun Arrest”

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