T.I., a multi-platinum rap artist, arrested for weapons possession; he was charged with a Federal crime.
Michael Vick, convicted for fighting pitbulls.
No argument, these are atrocious acts against The United States of America. I'm sure somewhere, in their lives, exists a nefarious web of deceit, a grievious threat to national security.
As I mentioned T.I was grieving the death of a close friend during a shootout. It is possible there was still a credible threat against someones, namely T.I.'s, safety. Bodyguards handling automatic weapons can be comforting for a fledgling Kingpin who has endured threats of all shapes and sizes since he came up.
What if he was preventing another Biggie Smalls BET Awards murder. Maybe he was clearly threatened during the awards festivities by some unknown rival.
Do these scenarios justify the acquisition of weapons of mass mayhem?
To answer that for him would be foolish.
Fuck it- He was clearly justified.
To understand would require a deeper than average understanding of the adversarial relationship ex-cons have with any form of law enforcement- even the 'good' ones.
Anyone who has any sense knows T.I was not going to pull a Scarface and wipeout a maruading army on his sprawling Estate.
He has bodyguards.
They need guns.
I'm going with the credible threat scenario and I am sticking to it.
Come to think of it- he just might not get screwed.