When I'm ready.
In the meantime... I often pass on posting about things in the news, because others post about them so much better. But sometimes...
As seen on View From The Porch: See this? Don't do this?
Man, 20, killed by shotgun blast outside northeast Raleigh home | News & Observer
This. This right here is why we can't have nice things.
(And actually ties in with some of the things covered in MAG40.)
Acknowledging that the press almost always leaves important details out, and that events as described by friends and family of the deceased are biased and not to be trusted...
A bunch of young males in their late teens and early twenties at, or leaving, a party two doors down does not sound like "hoodlums and vandals."
The part that really caused me to face palm so hard I almost gave myself a concussion was this:
I fired my warning shot like I’m supposed to by law.Not only is there no legal requirement to fire a warning shot, but police are generally prohibited from firing warning shots.
And, sweet Jesus, if you HAVE to fire a warning shot, shoot into the ground!
The 911 calls include this:
12:50 a.m. “We’ve got a bunch of hoodlums out here. I’m locked and loaded, and I’m going outside to secure my neighborhood. You need to send PD as quickly as possible.”and
“You need to send PD as quickly as possible, I’m on neighborhood watch. I’m gonna have the neighbors with me. There’s hoodlums out here racing up and down the street. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning, um, there’s some vandalism.”and
12:57 a.m. “We have a lot of people outside our house, yelling and shouting profanities. I yelled at them, ‘Please leave the premises.’ They were showing a firearm, so I fired a warning shot and, uh, we got somebody that got hit.”at which the dispatcher asked (reasonably enough)
“Someone was shot?” the operator asked.Okay, so...
“Well, I don’t know if they were shot or not, ma’am,” he told her. “I fired my warning shot like I’m supposed to by law. They do have firearms, and I’m trying to protect myself and my family.”
The operator asked who had come to his house.
“Ma’am, I don’t know who they are,” the man said. “There’s frigging black males outside my frigging house with firearms. Please send PD.”
- Neighborhood Watch is no more a license to kill than a concealed carry permit.
- The evidence as presented in this article makes it sound like no one got further than a few feet onto the idiot's property.
- At this point, we only have the idiot's word that anyone had anything resembling a firearm besides him.
- And since the evidence makes it sound like he fired from inside the garage, through a window, it hard to see what made him feel he or his family were in such danger that discharging a shotgun was necessary.
Make no mistake: There may be evidence to come that will change this to another "Good Guy With A Gun" story, but at this point this moron is a moron who deserves to be locked up, and only trotted out when a Bad Example is needed.