Decorated Silver Star Veteran, POW Sentenced to 7 Years for a Gun He Bought 40 Years Ago

Free Thought Project – by Matt Agorist

Plano, TX — Alfred Pick served his country honorably. After going on over 100 combat missions in Vietnam, Pick was given the military’s third highest honor, the Silver Star. He was also captured and did time as a POW. Now, after escaping a cage in Vietnam 40 years ago, the country he laid down his life for is throwing him back in a cage—over a decades-old gun.

At a gun show 40 years ago, Pick bought the rare M-14 rifle, similar to the one he used in Vietnam while he served in the Army. He put this rifle in a case, along with 14 other extremely rare guns and proudly displayed them in his Texas home for four decades. 

“This gun was very rare at that time it was rare to see one so he instantly had a connection to it,” said Pick’s attorney Ryne Sandel. “Over the course of his life he and his wife and collected about 14 weapons, many of them were collectors items.”

As CBS DFW reports, Pick lived in Plano’s Air Park neighborhood along with other pilots who enjoy a runway right outside their homes. The 70-year-old Vietnam veteran even served as the president of his homeowners association. Thus, when the ATF raided his home last year it came as a shock to friends like Mark Shackelford.

“He’s always been a good person to me,” Shackelford said.

When federal agents raided this American Hero’s home, they were looking for and seized the rare M-14 rifle that pick bought in the early 80’s at a Fort Worth gun show.

“He was a gun collector and it was probably the piece de resistance of his collection… he had shown it to me. I’ve never seen it taken it out of the case,” said Shackelford.

Instead of simply telling Pick that his rifle was “illegal” and asking him to modify or remove the firing pin to make it inoperable, masked agents of the state—armed with automatic rifles—ransacked the recent widower’s home, kidnapped, and caged him.

Because the raid and arrest came just two weeks after his wife died of cancer, agents also found her cannabis that she used as medicine. This was tacked on as another charge.

This week, for having a rifle similar to the one he actually “defended your freedoms” with in Vietnam, Pick was sentenced to 87 months in prison by a judge. This, after he’d already spent the last year in a cage.

“He’s a really remarkable man to be honest,” said Sandel. “I do think it’s unfortunate for a gentleman like Alfred that’s had such an outstanding life to have it mired at the age of 70 by this federal felony.”

In the land of the free, you can be issued a rifle to kill people in foreign countries at the direction of American politicians. However, if you come home and purchase this same gun to display to your friends and family, you will be sentenced to die in prison. And we still have the audacity to call this “freedom.”

“The man is a Silver Star winner, he saved lives, he took care of his wife, he’s been in custody for a year, I would think that when a man turned 70 and is an American hero you don’t destroy the rest of his life for one mistake,” said Shackelford.

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11 thoughts on “Decorated Silver Star Veteran, POW Sentenced to 7 Years for a Gun He Bought 40 Years Ago

  1. And This …

    ““The man is a Silver Star winner, he saved lives, he took care of his wife, he’s been in custody for a year, I would think that when a man turned 70 and is an American hero you don’t destroy the rest of his life for one mistake,” said Shackelford. ”

    Is the Problem.
    Problem of Perception.

    The “Goober Mint” made the mistake not the Silver Star Winner.

    1. “I surely do hope this publicity will go a long way in supporting a successful appeal.”
      Yeah, maybe if he gets down on his knees and begs the United States Corporation to show mercy on him in his punishment for their violation of his 2nd Article right, because so many people are watching, he’ll get mercy.
      This guy is no f-king hero. He did not defend me or my rights to any small degree. All he did was contribute to his own demise in his service to the international corporate mafia. F-k him and all his goodies he got for going along with the treason.

      1. Now that you put it that way, I’m beginning to see the light, and you are — as always — 100% right. Thanks

  2. See Hillary, we do put 70 year olds in Jail …and for waaaay less than you’ve done to this country

    give this man back his dam gun you fcken tyrants

  3. The man hired a barrister (shyster) who probably took $5,000-$10,000.00 from him to “Defend his client” and then lost the case! Wake-up! This is what barristers (shysters) do. Where were the National Liberty Alliance and other “pay-triot” groups when this man needed their support? Nowhere to be found. Obviously,The shyster threw this man under the bus and took his money. The shyster needs to be held accountable for this travesty.

  4. Maybe this will wake more American Nationals…..about the Bill of Rights and Common Law.
    More and more American Nationals are being thrown in Gulags everyday!
    When will it stop?

  5. That’s s Piper turbo Arrow IV by the way, retractable gear, plane hauls ass. About 185 MPH at 8000 AGL.
    That thing didn’t come cheap either, even though it was made in the 70s.

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