A disabled Maine man got tired of people breaking into his house. After enduring five burglaries in six years, retired lobsterman Harvey Lembo bought a gun for his own protection.
Hours later, his new purchase proved wise as he shot a home intruder who broke into his home to steal pain medication.
So, that should be the end of a good story, right? A retired, disabled man got tired of being victimized and stood up for himself and shot a scumbag who illegally entered his home. End of story, right?
Wrong. Lembo now faces eviction from his residence because of his landlord claims that residents are not allowed to own a firearm if they’re going to live there.
Now, Lembo is standing up for himself again as he has filed a lawsuit against the landlord and the management company, alleging that his rights are being violated. The defendants have requested that the lawsuit be tossed.
Lembo accuses his landlord, Park Place Associates of Rockland, of violating his Second Amendment rights. The Constitution clearly articulates an individual right to civilian ownership and the Maine Constitution supports this fundamental right on the state level.
Still, Park Place is contending that they have the right to dictate that residents are compelled to surrender their civil rights if they intend to live there.
Park Place contends that the notification that Lembo could be facing eviction if he did not comply with the rules is no violation of the Second Amendment. However, legal scholars disagree.
“Threatening to evict Mr. Lembo for defending himself clearly violates his constitutional rights,” NRA Maine State Liaison John Hohenwarter said recently. “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. Furthermore, Article 1 Section 16 of the Maine Constitution echoes this sentiment by stating: ‘Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.’”
The intruder was shot in the shoulder and police found him in the woods nearby after he fled the scene. He has been indicted on charges of burglary, theft of medication, attempted theft and three counts of refusing to submit to arrest.
This is the face of modern gun control efforts. Blanket policies dedicated to making firearm ownership illegal are not the future of gun control. Instead, those who abhor the retention of our civil rights have sought to demonize guns and those who possess them. Schools teach that only “bad guys” have guns and suspend any child who dares to wear a shirt with a gun on it. Stores are now pressured to take a stand on concealed and open carry. Landlords now believe that they have the right to restrict civil liberties for residents.
Not only are patriots bombarded with relentless legislative assaults upon our Second Amendment rights, we are bombarded with a cultural assault as well- a demonization of those who exercise their rights as the powers-that-be attempt to render our constitutional protections moot by asserting, “You can still have your rights… you just can’t exercise them.”
Thankfully, Mr. Lembo realized that his right to self-preservation is a human right.