No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Good Samaritan Edition

Back in January, Benjamin Srigley likely saved the life of young Jayeon Simon after he was set upon by three Pit Bulls. Srigley ran into his home, retrieved his Ruger 9mm pistol and opened fire on the attacking canines, killing one. That attracted a nearby DCPD beat officer who took out the other two. A clear case of a good deed done, right? It would have been, if Srigley didn’t live in Washington D.C. Instead, it’s possession of unregistered firearms that can get you a year in the pokey. But as washingtontimes.com details, authorities have deigned to be lenient. Kinda . . .

As part of the agreement, Benjamin Srigley, 39, was required to pay a $1,000 fine but will not have criminal charges filed against him for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession, said Ted Gest, a spokesman for the office of the attorney general.

“We took it into account that he saved this boy’s life,” Mr. Gest said.

That was mighty big of the attorney general, no? Well, not entirely.

Answering the door at his home, a duplex with a stone facade and well-manicured yard, Mr. Srigley held his own dog back from his front door and declined Friday to comment on the case because it is still technically pending in court. The office of the attorney general is deferring prosecution, meaning it will remain active while Mr. Srigley meets conditions set by authorities.

Who knows? If Srigley’s firearms had been destined for Mexican drug thugs instead of kept for his own personal defense, he might have gotten off scot-free.

comments

  1. avatar MothaLova says:

    The power to hold another man’s fate in your hands is just too tempting for these prosecutors, isn’t it. They couldn’t possibly forbear from flexing their muscles, no matter how unjust it might be to enforce the law in a particular case.

    1. avatar Felix says:

      Yet they claimed they had the discretion not to prosecute Gregory.

      1. avatar MothaLova says:

        Excellent point.

      2. avatar Amanathia says:

        I came in here to post this, glad to see someone already hit it.

      3. avatar travis m. says:

        The only reason they didn’t prosecute is so they can claim that the anti-gun laws have never been used to jail someone defending either themselves or others from harm on account of bad publicity.

        1. avatar Bob says:

          I agree with ‘travis m.’, If they did prosecute then it would be in the criminal record books that someone committed a crime because they tried to save a boy’s life.

    2. avatar Mindflayer says:

      Good thing he didn’t have a 30 round magazine on national televi- err, never mind.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Constitution Free Zone. Can we get a fund going to help pay his fines? He did the right thing, maybe we can too.

    1. avatar niceguns says:

      You sound like a liberal. Good idea though, ha ha

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Niceguns, I am far from the modern definition of a liberal. I believe in constitutional carry for all, for a start. Need I go on.

        1. avatar niceguns says:

          Yes go on, we would all love to know more about you.

        2. avatar Irideducs says:

          Sounds pretty liberal to me (in the right way). I am also the kind of liberal that believes in constitutional carry and a whole lot of other rights that have been abridged over the years.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          I think the folks who read TTAG regular already know enough about me to make up their minds.

        4. avatar ripvw32 says:

          I think that maybe, for most people on this site, they consider the modern interpretation of ‘liberal’ to be the one and only definition. Most who have actually studied history at above a high school level, will realize the correct definition of a modern ‘liberal’ is more akin to ‘progressive’ than liberal. in the 1890s to the 1920s the ‘liberal’ was first minted as one whom believed in social reform, and NEVER thought to truncate someone’s rights.. Also, a little known tidbit, the Republican party was once the progressive party, until Roosevelt twisted it. I am no democrat or republican, but considering the way I would vote on issues I could be called a liberal – I believe in women’s sufferage, equal rights, equal pay based on skill and not on race/creed/religion – which are all ‘liberal’ trade marks from history. I also think that describes most people on this board.. What I think Niceguns meant as an insult, really isn’t given some context.

    2. avatar 2ACheck.com says:

      Second Amendment Check (2acheck.com) has started a campaign to raise the $1000 for this hero to pay the fine and/or legal defense bills. It’s called the “Benjamin Srigley Hero Fund”.

      People can donate here: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/20163

  3. avatar noone says:

    The message they are sending to me says he should’ve let the boy continue to be attacked

    1. avatar Powers says:

      Sadly, that is what someone will do..what a horrible example to set. They have no idea what a bad decision they are making. They think they are setting an example, but they are setting a precedent for inaction.
      How do they sleep at night? Why do they want innocent people to be punished?..Oh wait, they are liberal, progressives, whatever..Democrats. A disease.

      1. avatar MothaLova says:

        +1

      2. avatar William says:

        They sleep by day. In wooden coffins filled with soil from their motherland, Uranus.

      3. avatar AJ says:

        “They have no idea what a bad decision they are making. They think they are setting an example, but they are setting a precedent for inaction.”

        Actually, I’d bet they’re fully aware of what they are doing. You should rely only on the .gov to help (IE Police), not your neighbors.

    2. avatar O.E says:

      Of course not. They are saying that dogs will be registered and or destroyed along with firearms soon.

      1. avatar Mina says:

        right because dogs are yet another ‘thing’ that can be used for self defense. and they are bent at taking our ability to defend ourselves away. no matter what that ‘thing’ might be.

        good vision.

  4. avatar Michael says:

    “Authorities have agreed they will return the firearms to Mr. Srigley when he registers them in Maryland, where he plans to soon move. ”

    getting warmer…try going west instead, this would never happen in Virginia.

  5. avatar CarlosT says:

    II guess he forgot his David Gregory mask in the heat of the moment. It’s those little details that will trip you up every time.

  6. avatar littlegunguy says:

    And they still don’t get it. Why didn’t the cop just walk away. No common sense, Indoctrinated Gestapo.

  7. avatar slow says:

    DC logic, screw the hero.

  8. avatar Hannibal says:

    Um… that’ll teach him…?

  9. avatar LC Judas says:

    Given what a Ruger SR 9, mag full of what was likely nice hollowpoints cost and the charges he risked…he could’ve been looking at 2-3x the fine he got. Which only says they promote inaction instead of common human decency to not watch a kid torn apart by vicious dogs.

    What a world we live in where there’s a laundry list of reasons to give saving a child a second thought. What a world…

  10. avatar William says:

    SRIGNEY?

    1. avatar Carry.45 says:

      What about it?

  11. avatar William says:

    It was Saturday, at a pro-marijuana rally. For being on Federal land, which peons like us have no legitimate business. The UN has claim to them.

    When friends and relatives called to enquire, the Feds would give no info – not even where he was being held. Even his attorney was denied. Everyone who called was cursed, insulted and verbally abused.

    Bow down to your masters!

    1. avatar O.E says:

      Why do they protest for the right to get lung cancer with a specific inhalant?

      Why don’t they just stay at home and abuse solvents while charging the Fed for living and housing expenses as usual.

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    Like Mr. Srigley, I’m sure that the MSM now understands that sooner or later, you must answer for every “good deed.” The media put that POS POTUS in office, and then he went after the AP and targeted Fox News.

    If Srigley has a fund, I’ll contribute. As for the MSM, it can FOAD.

    1. avatar Carry.45 says:

      +1. Keep us informed on helping this guy out. He deserves it and maybe just maybe Fox News will cover the fact that this gentleman didn’t pay a cent of those fines, that every penny came from other gun owners.

    2. avatar 2ACheck.com says:

      Second Amendment Check (2acheck.com) has started a campaign to raise the $1000 for this hero to pay the fine and/or legal defense bills. It’s called the “Benjamin Srigley Hero Fund”.

      People can donate here: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/20163

  13. avatar Mina says:

    did you mention that they confiscated all his guns? maybe I missed that part. :-\

  14. As someone else noted, what the heck was he supposed to do, let the kid get killed? These protectionists are incredibly twisted. I’d kick some money that gentleman’s way. We have to hang together, or we will surely hang separately, right?

  15. avatar Nickbnumbers says:

    If it’ll save the life of just one child…

    …anyway…whoever starts the crime should be responsible for all incidental damages. As it is now, if someone tries to rape you, and in defending yourself you shoot a child, you’re going to jail for manslaughter. The rapsit should be the one charged with the death of the child: one more reason to not rape people.

    Whoever owns the dogs should bear the punishment for any “crimes” committed by the lowly serf with the ruger.

    1. avatar Pedro says:

      I read the dog’s owner paid only $125 for having the pit bulls.

      1. avatar Carry.45 says:

        Gtfo. Really?

    2. avatar Mina says:

      correct. if you own a dog and it does harm to someone it should be your responsibility 100%. if makes perfect logical sense. that way there would be no need for laws just for “pit bulls” – all dogs that are running loose and that hurt someone would be impounded, potentially destroyed and the owners fined and perhaps jailed.

      what a great way to convince people to be RESPONSIBLE dog owners!!

      just like RESPONSIBLE gun owners who maintain custody and control of their guns … and pay the price when they do not.

      totally fair. it simply makes too much sense.

  16. avatar Frank Shiflett says:

    When you get down to it, this is exactly what is wrong with Washington DC and the people that infest the Capital building and White House.
    Ben Srigley was the angle little Jayeon Simon needed at that pivotal moment. Had he not acted, Simon would almost certainly be dead and yet these “Persecutors” are fining him, threatening him, and denigrating him, when they should be honoring him, thanking him, and rewarding him.
    Sadder yet is a society that stands by and allows this injustice to stand.

    While I’m more than disappointed in the Attorney General’s fine on Mr. Srigley, I think we should keep in mind that this fine is “large” for one man, but infinitesimally small when divided amongst clear minded citizens. If every disappointed fellow human contributed just one penny, Mr. Srigley’s fine would not be a burden and he would not be disadvantaged in his change of residency.

    As a neighbor, I’d be honored to have Ben Srigley living next to me.

    Keep in mind, these situations frequently have some karma like qualities. This Attorney General is losing a neighbor of fine quality and hopefully, will get the neighbor he so richly deserves…

  17. avatar Aharon says:

    There is a special place in Hell reserved for certain prosecutors.

  18. avatar JW says:

    How about we throw in to help him in a show of support? I’ll throw in $25.

  19. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    The powers that be in DC would have rather seen the boy die.

  20. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    There is a store in my city populated by save the whales liberals. If I accidentally forgot to leave my gun in my truck & used it to save someone in a robbery situation I have no doubt in my mind I would be told to never come in the store again at the very least & at the worst they would testify against me at a wrongfull death trial. So I do what my CC license instructor said, mind my own f’n business. Different story if a little kid is in danger though, then I’m all in, Randy

    1. avatar O.E says:

      Must be living hell to be Randy Drescher on a Monday morning.

  21. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    I would be torn between not wanting to go to jail and forcing the prosecution to play out the full charges before a jury. Is there really any prosecutor that would want that kind of publicity? What are the chances that a jury would find you guilty in this case? This case just seems like a prime example to drive home the point of how idiotic these gun laws are. But then I don’t want to go to jail. Would I be that brave?

  22. avatar 2ACheck.com says:

    Second Amendment Check (2acheck.com) has started a campaign to raise the $1000 for this hero to pay the fine and/or legal defense bills. It’s called the “Benjamin Srigley Hero Fund”.

    People can donate here: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/20163

  23. avatar GS650G says:

    Next time he’ll let the dogs eat whatever they want and turn the TV up a little louder.

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