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Mr. Tate (courtesy

Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .

Members of the Sheriff’s [Durham, NC] Anti-Crime Narcotic Unit searched the home at 303 Laurel Oaks Drive.

Weapons found under a child's mattress (courtesy

A loaded AR-15 assault rifle and a loaded .45-caliber handgun were found under a mattress in a child’s bedroom, authorities said.

Authorities also seized a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun with a loaded 50-round drum magazine, boxes of ammunition, 495 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,000, more than $1,800 in U.S. currency, 123 grams of marijuana, and digital scales.

Javonnie James Tate, 29, has been charged with:

Mr. Tate's "arsenal" (courtesy

Level 3 trafficking in cocaine (more than 400 grams)
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver cocaine
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver marijuana
Felony Possession of cocaine
Felony Possession of marijuana
Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Twenty-thousand bucks and Mr. Tate didn’t think to buy a gun safe for his gats (and drugs)? I know what you’re thinking: being a criminal is irresponsible. Why bother with gun safety? Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you have to be stupid. At least in theory.

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  1. They forgot tax evasion ….oh well maybe only suckers like us pay something so silly as income tax, so we can keep Mr. Tate’s large family fed, housed, and free medical. I hope Bernie wins so Mr. Tate’s gets even more of our hard earned $’s.

      • Nope…perfectly legal, thus not theft. Theft is clearly defined in our legal system. I am happy to pay taxes for services i use, and those items that benefit our nation, defense, and citizens advancement as a whole, even those taxes that benefit agriculture and transportation systems, which benefit western beef ranchers. Unlimited lifetime welfare and benefits for other’s poor choices, and their families, I am not ok with. That’s my opinion.

        • Taxes are most certainly theft. Taxation may be legal, but the government does lots of things that are wrong, but legal. We, as citizens, give the government certain powers to act as our agents. If we do not have the power to do something, then how can an agent, who we give power to, have powers that the we citizens never had to give?

          Think about all of the things that the government does, per law, that they should not do, that is immoral, ill advised, or down right evil or with malice, yet perfectly legal. Those same things done by ordinary citizens will land that citizen in jail. Taxes are on that list.

        • Legal taxes funding so, so many unconstitutional bureaucracies imposing unconstitutional laws, regulations, and imperial orders…

        • Wantonly killing people is murder, even if some “legal system” says it is a-ok, because the dead ones happen to be infidels.

        • Taking something from someone against their will using the threat of violence is a dictionary definition of theft. And if you think there’s no implicit threat of violence behind taxes, refuse to pay yours for a while. Eventually some guys with guns will come to your house to discuss it.

        • So you believe I don’t work and your tax dollars are being spent to the air care of my home and medical needs.
          You sound silly – even 6 years later.

          I can assure you of this: you are part of the problem if you actually believe what you have stated here.
          With your judgemental self – judging what you know little to not-a-damn thing about other what is opined in print.
          You care so much about where your tax dollars are placed in the upkeep of my Nephew – write him a letter and make sure he’s actually receiving what you say you are paying for. Hell, find out where he is and go pay a visit. Use the gas mileage as a tax write-off since you make such a huge charitable donation to him and his family.

          Puh-lease don’t make assumptions you cannot substantiate. And whatever you do, puh-lease think before typing and Jew ya stigmas to yourself until you verify what you believe to be the case.

    • I can assure you of this:
      Your assumption about your tax dollars taking care of his large family is completely wrong.
      I am one ☝️ of those family members.

      You think I don’t work?
      You’re comical – six years later.

      • Oh no…lemme correct myself (I despise autocorrect); in no way was I trying to type the word ‘Jew.’
        Anti-Semitic – never that with me. I don’t do racism towards anyone.
        Please accept my sincerest of apologies for that mistake (I really despise autocorrect) and if I offended any, it was never my intention to state anything seemingly racist within my replies.
        #Respect #Mono2PolyFloze
        #HoOdEleCtuaL #AuthorTenalAlston

  2. Dindu nuffin, turning his life around, kept down by the man, framed by the po-lice… Obviously we need more gun control of the law abiding in order to stop this.

  3. Javonnie James Tate should have been arrested for having a stupid name. I mean really . . . what the hell kind of name is James?

  4. Guy will likely sit in lockup for 13 or 14 months while the police try to get the case together for the prosecution. Prosecutor/defense find mistakes/omissions in documentation/evidence/procedure…….guy walks. Or, no mistakes are found, but for whatever reason, as oftentimes occurs, the prosecution drops the firearm charges, gets a prosecution/sentence on the dope. The defendant will get a shorter sentence, shortened further by time served. Many of the charges announced to “OMG” the press WILL be reduced or dropped, and this guy will be back to doing the same sh!t all over again.

    But………………..but we need MORE gun laws to stop guys like these.

  5. Tell that to the criminals who haven’t been caught? Good point. The FBI’s stats show %65 (last I checked, it’s been a while) of all murders are solved. So based on that all one has to do is be in the top %30 brain power wise, and crime would be a cake walk. But……..even smart killers get busted. Not a safe gamble. Guess I’ll just stick with my day job.

  6. Having a bunch of pot coke and guns shouldn’t be illegal and if you believe that then you bow down to the big government which is more than willing to take away even more of your rights

  7. He’ll definitely get life now because he had those high capacity assault clipazines for his 45 mm glock brand glock. Sarc/

    • Outside of CSI, how often does that even happen? Without reasonable suspicion, is it even legal to test them?

    • If Obama had a son, he’d look like Obama Michelle.
      Were you trying to insult my nephew or Obama?
      And by implying either, exactly what is your point?

  8. He’s a felon illegally possessing firearms??? Say it isn’t so! He must’ve bought them off the internet like Amy Schumer told me so!

  9. I’m guessing this guy is in big trouble, probably a 30-day suspended sentence, because if yomama had a son, he would look like this.

  10. Damn he just came home from prison about a year and half back to three meals a day and all men

  11. Many on this site may not care about this but, that is my nephew you all are speaking on.
    His name is stupid? He should be arrested for that?
    It is those types of stigmas that plague many youth with “irregular” names.
    I guess my name is stupid to Ralph as well. Don’t worry – I haven’t figured out it’s origin either – but it’s pronounced like the word ‘toenail.’
    Should I be arrested alongside the drives of Americans with names found in the book of Baby Names.

    Where was all this talk about stupid people with guns when he was shot going to school to better himself?
    At what point did those gun laws protect him against getting shot multiple times on his way to school – and not for a HS Diploma or GED?
    Tax payers dollars didn’t do one single thing to protect, not only Jeavonnie (get your spelling right, please), but many youth of all races, from falling victim to hostile situations – and the numerous deaths that occur because of it.

    My nephew is my nephew. You all were introduced to him via an Op-Ed of someone who knows nothing about him and, apparently, his family.

    Before anyone tries to respond with ye old, “apple not falling far from the tree” bit, let me assure you that you would be barking up the wrong tree in the wrong forest.

    You don’t know me but you can begin to understand me if you google me.
    I am one of the most “go all in” advocate against gun violence in my own community and others nation-wide.
    A whole book was compiled to speak out against it…all because I saw him on that hospital table with bullet holes, tubes and, uncertainty.
    Again, he was shot multiple times before this article and its contents appeared online.

    Call him stupid if you’d like – but at the very least, spell his name right if you wanna publish articles to demean another’s intelligence.

    Stupid name? He should be arrested?

    And besides, are the details in this article completely truthful or, were you just going off the words of the official police report and other news outlets’ articles.

    Hell, with the way the world is Today, he’s probably safest from getting shot.
    Can’t go to school, the grocery store, the mall – outside, period, without worrying about if Today is the Day you might not live to see another.

    And, guess what? Not all dumb-assed people doing stupid shit with a gun looks like My Nephew.
    So exactly what is everyone on this 6-yr old article saying?
    You all have some family members that do things not of the norm or in the best interest of public safety.

    Seriously though – where was all this concern for irresponsible people with guns before he became a victim?

    An arrest record does not indicate truths about a person, not necessarily. And the arrest of one is not indicative of their upbringing and/or family practices.

    I can hardly believe I am seeing this 6 yes after publication; but I am glad I did so.
    Valuable lessons taught these responses. I am so glad I advocate in the manner in which I’ve chose. My life is much more peaceful because of it.

    Boy, oh, Boy, am I glad I have read this.


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