Dan Gilmore / November 18, 2015

Wheelchair Bound Man Sues to Exercise 2A Rights in Home

Do not poor Americans have the same rights?

After being robbed five times in six years, Harvey Lembo had enough. With multiple heath issues and bound to a wheelchair, the 67-year-old former lobsterman feared that he was once again going to be a victim of someone looking for illegally gained pain pills. So he purchased a revolver Sept. 1. His timing couldn’t have been more perfect because 12 hours later, Lembo was robbed for the sixth, and hopefully last, time. Hearing a noise in the other room, Lembo retrieved the revolver underneath his pillow and confronted the suspect. As Lembo tried to dial 911, the suspect jumped up and Lembo fired, hitting the man in the shoulder as he fled. Police were able to track down the suspect and arrest him, but Lembo faces problems for defending himself and his property. His apartment complex’s property manager told him that firearms were banned from the premises. Lembo’s legally purchased revolver ran him the risk of getting evicted from subsidized housing. In response, Lembo filed suit. In a statement published by the Associated Press, the National Rifle Association’s liaison for Maine, John Hohenwarter, said, “Threatening to evict Mr. Lembo for defending himself clearly violates his constitutional rights. Self-defense is a fundamental, God-given right that belongs to every law-abiding American — no matter their tax bracket, zip code or street address.” It’s as if the Left thinks the Second Amendment isn’t a right for Americans too poor to exercise it.

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