Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Charges Dropped Against Paul Shelly

wpxi.com reports on the good news for McKeesport Councilman Paul Shelly. When the story first broke, I jumped to the conclusion that Paul was just another of the many legitimate gun owners who had no business with a gun in the first place. Happily, I was wrong about him.

A McKeesport councilman had a preliminary hearing Monday morning and, though felony charges were dropped, he will go to trial after a June 13 incident.

Police said McKeesport City Councilman Paul Shelly went into a dry cleaning shop on Walnut Avenue, where he became upset when he was told he could not put a campaign sign up in the shop’s window.

Police said Shelly threatened the shop owner with a gun. However, when police later stopped Shelly while he was driving and arrested him, they found no gun in his car.

What it looks like then is the owner of the shop lied about Shelly's having had a gun and the councilman's political enemies used it, first of all, to lock him up like a common criminal and secondly, to try to ruin his mayoral aspirations.

What's your opinion? Was this a miscarriage of justice from the very beginning since the police found no gun on his person or in his car? Shouldn't the false accusation have been recognized for what it was?

Please leave a comment.


  1. Thank you Mike. I will post a link to this excellent writing of yours today at www.paulshelly.com. I'd be willing to bet that at least one, and probably more of my enemies will visit to defame me and your objective opinion of the "story" against me.


    Be Safe.


  2. MikeB,

    If you were wrong on this incident, how many other incidents do you think you've been wrong on?

    Maybe, just maybe, the report statistics are accurate, or at least a lot more accurate than you give them credit for.

    Doesn't this poke a small hole in the "10%" theory you've been touting?

  3. Bob, What could you possibly be referring to with "the report statistics are accurate?"

    Are they the reports which show that no gun owners suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction, or the reports which prove no gun owners suffer from depression or have problems with rage?

    My 10% theory does not refute any reports. It's based on the simple exercise of looking at a huge group of people and recognizing that they have all the same problems as everybody else.

    I was wrong about Paul Shelly, which obviously means we have to pop him back into the 90% group. It doesn't mean the 10% disappears.

  4. MikeB,

    That should have been the reported statistics.

    You know the statistics provided by the FBI showing the total firearm related crime around 500,000 per year?

    Your 10% is refuted by those statistics. It is completely demolished by many statistics. Firearm related deaths & injuries, the reported crime rates, Gun Trace data even shows that the firearm related crimes aren't near 10%.

    You made up a number and now are desperately trying to defend it in the face of evidence.

    You claim that many defensive gun uses are actually crimes.....yet you were wrong in blaming Paul Shelly.

    Couldn't you be wrong about the 10%, about DGUs?

    By the way, if you aren't wrong...perhaps you could find some statistics to back up your 10% claim.