In defense of Sommerville

In defense of Sommerville

There are 19 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Dec 9, 2007, titled In defense of Sommerville. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Matt Contessa's calling for an end to Marco Sommerville as Akron City Council president , whether guilty or not guilty, epitomized 9/11 hysteria.

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Cloverine Fleetwood

Akron, OH

#1 Dec 10, 2007
I find Ms. Adair's defense of Mr. Sommerville a weak one. There is simply no excuse for mishandling a firearm. It is too dangerous and irresponsible an act to simply rationalize away. Forgetting a loaded gun in a carry-on bag goes beyond simple forgetting. A person who does as Mr. Sommerville did, even if done mindlessly, should have a legal consequence. From my perspective, Mr. Sommerville's intelligence, caring attitude, sincerity, and the like need no defense, but, in this matter, it is his responsibilty that is rightfully called into question.

“At least I'm housebroken.”

Since: Jun 07

Canton, OH

#2 Dec 10, 2007
There is no defense for Marco's careless actions. Even if he did forget, that is not an excuse, as anyone with a CCW permit should at least be responsible enough to know where there loaded firearm is at all times. His negligent actions should not go unpunished.

In terms of his criminal case, I think that Marco is guilty of a misdemeanor. He should have taken the plea deal, issued the requisite mea culpa and gotten on with thing. On the other hand, Marco is guilty of stupidity, but I doubt that will be enough to convict him the the court of public opinion, as I have no doubt that he will easily be re-elected the next time he runs.

“ANGELEYES4SURE”

Since: Dec 07

AKRON OHIO

#3 Dec 10, 2007
Everyone makes mistakes. Seems that because he is who he is and what he represents, No one thinks he is suppose to have flaws. he is human like everyone else. No one is perfect. We all makes senseless, careless, mistakes that we are very sorry for. This could happen to anyone of us.
Unfortuate that it happened, but it is what it is.
It happened. Not saying it is right or wrong. Just
saying mistakes are made by all of us.

“Thin the Herd”

Since: Nov 07

Hood Tax, USA

#4 Dec 10, 2007
Yeah.
This is just like 911 and terrorists.
Yeah.

love,
Secret Agent Millionaire Astronaut

“Lohio Bound”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#5 Dec 10, 2007
>>>Do those bashing Sommerville think he would knowingly carry a gun in a bag through a metal detector? He certainly travels enough to know mints in your pocket or a belt buckle can set off alarms. If the gun was packaged in some special material designed to disguise its content or escape detection, that might prove ill-intent.<<<

Read the letter of the law. He was packing a weapon in his carry-on luggage. CCW training and THE LAW are designed to PREVENT exactly the scenario Sommerville got himself into. He admitted doing it already. Sommerville's ill intent is his disregard for the law.

>>>But having a legally registered gun intentionally in a bag you know is going to be searched is either an accident or stupid and stupid he isn't.<<<

Stupid he IS, because that's exactly what he did. There's no accident in this case. "I forgot" is no defense, nor is it an "accident." He packed his weapon KNOWINGLY (Sommerville's own admission) into a bag he KNOWINGLY would carry onto an aircraft. That is enough to be a violation of the law, and Sommerville was stupid enough to do that. I don't want anyone that stupid to be leading Akron City Council.

Resign, Sommerville. It's the right thing to do.
AppleJack

Akron, OH

#6 Dec 10, 2007
angeleyes4sure wrote:
Everyone makes mistakes. Seems that because he is who he is and what he represents, No one thinks he is suppose to have flaws. he is human like everyone else. No one is perfect. We all makes senseless, careless, mistakes that we are very sorry for. This could happen to anyone of us.
Unfortuate that it happened, but it is what it is.
It happened. Not saying it is right or wrong. Just
saying mistakes are made by all of us.
Do me a favor. Pack a loaded gun in your suitcase, drive to the airport, and buy a ticket. Try and board. Tell us what happens.
LilOne

Herndon, VA

#7 Dec 10, 2007
OK. Sommerville isn't the first to have a gun confiscated by airport security. I'll accept that. But, I'd like some other details. Were the others arrested? Were they allowed to travel that day, or were they taken in and booked immediately? What were the charges?

You can't defend Marco and say that he shouldn't be held to a higher standard unless you can demonstrate that his case wasn't given special treatment.

If Marco was treated exactly the way that others who had weapons confiscated were, then I would agree that we shouldn't ask him to do more than face his day in court...he shouldn't be expected to give up his position if others aren't.

However, if Marco received any different treatment or consideration because of his position, then I would call it an abuse of power and expect him to step down.

Regardless...what he did was stupid, accident or not...and he's proven himself to be irresponsible. Hopefully, the voters will remember this.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#8 Dec 10, 2007
"In defense of Sommerville"

"defense" (noun)

Readin' dat O-fficial City of Akron newsletter that arrived appropriately wi' the junk mail last week, Marco took all de credit fo' roundin' up da junk behind defense at Al Silver's Tire Shop.
The Real Deal

London, KY

#9 Dec 10, 2007
The law doesn't say you can't carry a loaded gun through an airport intentionally. It says you can't carry it through the airport period. Oh how we love to qualify the law to make it fit our convenience, don't we?

And, yes no one is perfect and everyone makes a mistake. So what? The issue is that mistakes or intentional, we all pay the consequences for our faults. Sommerville must also. The other day, I went through a red light unintentionally. No one said it was ok just because I didn't do it on purpose. I got the same consequence as the guy who ran a light on purpose.
Michael P Ryan

Cleveland, OH

#10 Dec 10, 2007
really have to laugh at the guy who said "Letter of the law" ... I bet he voted for the Republicans who wipe themselves with the constitution ...
Ken More

Canton, OH

#11 Dec 11, 2007
Mea Culpa for MARCO.....NOT....He Played now he should pay. He should be washed up in ploitics....He should pay the same as any Citizen.... No Double Standards, No Plea Deals Here. No COM-MUUUUUNITY ser-vus. Go directly to jail, Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200.00, mayor Donald Duck has already got that money.....

“Lohio Bound”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#12 Dec 11, 2007
Michael P Ryan wrote:
really have to laugh at the guy who said "Letter of the law" ... I bet he voted for the Republicans who wipe themselves with the constitution ...
Nope. I voted for the Anarchists.

And this has to do with Sommerville... how?
Andy

Mansfield, OH

#13 Dec 13, 2007
Sommerville should have been held to the Ohio CCW law. He knows very well he did wrong and forgetting and ignoramce is NO Excuse! The Akron Canton Airport, and the Cleveland Hopkins Airport are clearly marked on the entrances of no firearms beyond this point. If you look closely to those little signs, he not only violated the Ohio CCW Statutes but also the Federal Statutes. Each of these violation carries a minimum of 2 yrs in prison. Lastly, Sommerville should not be permitted to reapply for his CCW after his 6 months probabtion because he is not responsible enough to remember where he put his firearm. Hell, Barney Fife at least knew where his pistol and single bullet was at all times, and he was an idiot.

“ANGELEYES4SURE”

Since: Dec 07

AKRON OHIO

#14 Dec 14, 2007
AppleJack wrote:
<quoted text>
Do me a favor. Pack a loaded gun in your suitcase, drive to the airport, and buy a ticket. Try and board. Tell us what happens.
yes indeed, you are right. All hell would break lose. but I too in a rush or anyone else could have done the same thing.
It is what it is, that was a hell of thing to do. Not right, but it happened.For everything we do there are consequences. There are those that feel, that the punishment did not fit the crime. They feel it should've been more extensive punishment. The authorities decided that this is the way it would go and it did. We are not the authorities ,they have the last word. So what can you do? Go with the flow I guess...
OMG

Canton, OH

#15 Dec 14, 2007
He pleaded. He's no contest. End of story. Move on.
Vlad The Impaler

Deerfield, IL

#16 Dec 14, 2007
The story behind the story --for all who must know. The friendship between Lolita Adair and the esteemed Mr. Sommerville began many years ago, when Marco overheard her name being mentioned in a conversation.

Unfortunately, Marco mistook "who is Lolita Adair?" for "who wants to eat an eclair?" Aroused by the prospect of creme-filled delights, Marco quickly burst across the room...only to discover his error. The misunderstanding, though short-lived, was beneficial to both; thereby a lifelong friendship was established in the name of French pastry. Strangely enough, I believe Alex Arshinkoff met her in the very same manner some years ago.
TessaLynn

Akron, OH

#17 Dec 14, 2007
OK. Let me get this straight now...
Sommerville accidently forgot that he had a loaded weapon in his carry on. WHAT?!?!?
In this year, 2007, NO ONE should accidently forget packing something like a gun. Over the past 15 or so years,and especially the past 6, anyone and everyone that travels by plane should not be making such a mistake.
As much as most Americans hate the thought of "Big Brother" watching and making rules, in the end I think it is wiser to be safe and not to be sorry.
Overtaxed Voter

Columbus, OH

#18 Dec 14, 2007
If you are unhappy about Marco's position as "Council President", contact YOUR council member as they are voting on the 2008 Council Presidency at the Monday, December 17 meeting.

For those of you who plan to attend in person, don't forget they've moved the meeting from a "resident-friendly" 7 PM start time to a "how in the world does a working person have a chance to attend" 5 PM start time for this particular meeting.

Your councilperson's email and phone numbers may be found at:

http://www.akroncitycouncil.org/about/council...
kraus r m

United States

#19 Dec 14, 2007
Why did Sommerville carry a gun? Why does anyone carry a gun? They think that there is some one out on the dark night street that wants to do harm to them. Carrying a gun is done on purpose. Is carrying a gun onto a commercial airliner a crime? Who is going to deny that? All of this says that Sommerville committed a crime .... and he should be in jail.

Is there anyone else out there who thinks like I do?

Sincerely

Robert M Kraus
Akron citizen for 87 years.

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