recmccl wrote:I live in NM and an unregistered gun wouldn't have landed him jail time...
And I think that is the point that maybe some people haven't or are refusing to acknowledge. Maybe it is based on culture, worldview, or some other intangible that shapes the way people think, but experiences in NM and many other cities are way different than experiences in NYC. An unregistered hand gun won't land you jail time there likely because there aren't hundreds of thousands of uncaught-criminals walking around with them. NYC has a problem with violent crime and the use of unregistered hand gunds.
While I too, think that his sentence is steep, I understand why the law is there and I acknowledge the importance of the law. I really don't care much more than that. Plaxico knew the law or he should have. Either way, he is 100% responsible for his crimes and just because we think the sentence is too long, NYC has a responsibilty to its citizens to keep guns off the street and reduce crime.
Again - Plaxico is 100% responsible for his crimes.