Posts Tagged ‘road rage’

Who is a Bad Guy? Someone Who Makes You Mad?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Gun advocates have managed to legalize “concealed carry” in every state and recently on Texas campuses so they are ready for “bad guys.”

 

But how do you know a bad guy? On the first day of Georgia’s “guns everywhere all the time” law, one carrier accosted another in a convenience store–both thinking the other might be a bad guy. Maybe they should have been wearing white hats.

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In the last two years in Florida, often called the Gunshine state, men carrying Skittles, popcorn and playing loud music have been mistaken for bad guys and shot dead on the spot. Sorry about that.

 

Last year, gun owners shot and killed an unarmed black woman, an unarmed elderly Alzheimer’s patient and an unarmed foreign exchange student on their property because they thought they were bad guys. Sorry about that too. Several times a year gun advocates shoot their own family members, thinking them bad guys trying to break into the house.

 

Another problem is that gun advocates’ definition of a bad guy changes when they get mad. A few weeks ago, a 74-year-old man who police say was lawfully carrying a concealed gun shot another motorist in the face in Warwick township, PA over a road rage incident. In February, Ashley R. Curry was charged with shooting Jamie J. Roland in the abdomen after a road rage incident in Columbia, PA. This month, in Omaha, police arrested Randolph Headrick for shooting at a motorist in another road rage incident. Hey, the motorist cut him off.

 

Sometimes a boss, doctor or authority figure seems like a bad guy. Last year, Tony DeFrances, a law-abiding citizen and chief technology officer got mad at his company’s CEO and fatally shot him in a Chicago Loop high-rise. Last January, Stephen Pasceri, described as a “churchgoing Army veteran and father of four,” got mad at cardiovascular surgeon Michael Davidson in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and shot him dead. Also last year, Michael Hrnciar, a “law-abiding citizen” who worked at an Illinois chemical business for ten years without incident, decided to ambush and murder a police officer because he got mad. Hrnciar may have been “law-abiding,” but he moved to gun-friendly Indiana from Illinois so he could legally carry a handgun.

 

Of course when gun advocates get mad, their families and loved ones can also appear like bad guys. This week, a Montana man killed his three children and wife. In the last year, there have been four other instances of men shooting and killing their whole families including Don Spirit who murdered his daughter and six grandchildren at his Florida home last summer.

 

The truth is when someone has easy access to a lethal weapon, anyone is or can be a “bad guy” if they make him mad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen–Legal "Carrier" Shoots Man in Face Over Road Rage

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

image_beware_mainA 74-year-old man who police say was lawfully carrying a concealed gun shot another motorist in the face yesterday in Warwick township, PA. Hey, he got mad. The road rage incident happened in the parking lot of Family Cupboard Restaurant and Buffet. The 29-year-old victim was understandably not able to speak to police. The shooter was not charged nor was his identity revealed. Maybe he felt threatened and was standing his ground.
 
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Your Brain On Guns

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In “My Month With a Gun,” anti-gun violence activist and author Heidi Yewman describes an encounter with a suspicious man in a parking garage stairwell.
 
“I thought about the 9mm in my purse as I clumsily continued down the stairs in my skirt and heels. He followed me,” she writes. “I thought: ‘Should I pull the gun out? Should I point it at him?’ My heart racing, we finally got to the lobby door, where the man simply passed by me. I’d grown paranoid. He wasn’t the bad guy I perceived him to be, and the gun did not make me safe.”
 
“It’s a good thing a gun was present or a heated argument could have broken out,” goes an old joke. But time and time again, the presence of a gun escalates everyday anger, fear and suspicion into lethal events.
 
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Who can forget the three Muslim students killed last month in Chapel Hill allegedly over a parking space? If the alleged perpetrator Craig Hicks weren’t a gun lover, a fistfight might have broken out.
 
Last week in Hudson, Florida, 12-year-old boy allegedly shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and then turned the gun on himself. First reports said the boys were arguing over how to cook dinner.
 
Barbara Campochiaro, sister of Helen Campochiaro, the mother of the boys told the Tampa Bay Times that her sister owned a firearm and the children “were raised with gun safety.” As happens with chilling regularity, the gun in the home for “protection” was used against its own occupants.
 
Also last week, a Houston woman driving to work was shot in the head after she honked at another driver, police said. Maybe the shooter felt threatened–the honker could have been a bad guy. Maybe he was standing his ground. The woman is in critical condition at a local hospital, with bullet fragments lodged in her brain.
 
What if every time you were mad enough to kill, you could? Add guns to a road rage incident or cooking dispute and that is exactly what happens.
 
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Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen–Road Rage Leads to Shooting

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Police in Columbia, PA have charged Ashley R. Curry, 31, with shooting Jamie J. Roland in the abdomen after a road rage incident.  Curry’s boyfriend, Stephen Smith, who was in the car with her, told police a car was tailgating Curry and the occupants yelled that she was  a “heroin addict.” A brawl developed in which Curry allegedly shot Jamie J. Roland, a bystander.  Curry called the shooting self-defense, say police . Luckily Curry had a semiautomatic, .40-caliber Taurus pistol with her or a heated argument or fist fight could have broken out! Police have also charged Curry with “ethnic intimidation” since she is white and the victim is African American.

 

 

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Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen–Doctor Shoots Motorist in Road Rage Incident

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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You’d think a doctor would know the sanctity of life. But that didn’t stop 71-year-old surgeon James Stephen Simon from shooting 70-year-old William Osenton twice in a road rage incident in Marin County, CA last summer. Simon was charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm and released on $250,000 bail. Police seized more than 50 guns and 200 boxes of ammunition from Simon’s home. Yesterday, a Marin County judge dismissed charges against Simon. “I’m so proud to be an American,” the tearful surgeon told reporters. “I’m proud to live in America.”

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NRA Puppet of the Week- Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Despite the press’ exposure of the $750,000 that the NRA-backed Republican Attorneys General Association gave your campaign, your pro-gun activism continues. In November, you said a road rager who drew his gun should enjoy “immunity” from arrest under Stand Your Ground. Right. Then, you helped trash Florida’s ban on weapons in public schools by ruling that school districts have the authority to determine who can carry–opening the door for “non-law enforcement officers and non-district employees to carry weapons on campuses,” says the Herald Tribune.
 
Sleazy, for-sale Republican Party star whose gun activism knows no shame, YOU, PAM BONDI, ARE THE NRA PUPPET OF THE WEEK.
 
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Beware The Law-Abiding Citizen–Armed Road Ragers

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Christopher Robert Showen is probably a really nice guy and a law-abiding citizen. But law enforcement took the 34-year-old resident of Whitefish, Montana into custody this week after he allegedly leaned out of his vehicle and began firing a handgun at a couple on a motorcycle who made him angry.

In Orlando, Paul Christian Young was allegedly enraged after having to swerve his vehicle to avoid crashing into a pickup. When Young later saw the pickup, he grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun out of his trunk to get even and shot into the passenger side, say authorities.

Angry while driving and armed? It is another reason to Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen.

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What Would Jesus Pack? Guns Now Welcomed in Georgia Churches

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Days after the Rev. Kenneth Walker was killed in Phoenix with a .357-caliber gun owned by fellow priest Rev. Joseph Terra, Georgia churches are welcoming guns. Thanks to arguably the most lenient US gun law ever passed, church goers no longer have to risk being attacked and mugged by bad guys in the pews.

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Luckily some religious leaders see the obscenity of armed worship. “I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to talk about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st Century,” said Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta whose109 parishes will not welcome firearms. “Even though permission has been given to have guns everywhere, that stops for us at the sanctuary. This is a gun-free zone.”

But other religious leaders, in Georgia and elsewhere, seem comfortable with armed sanctuaries and even “carry” themselves. They often say they “pray” that they never have to use their lethal weapons and kill someone as opposed to, say, turning the other cheek.

A year ago, prominent Atlanta bishop William Henry Murphy III allegedly tried to board a airplane with a loaded 9 mm handgun at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta’s airport led the nation in such gun confiscations even before Georgia’s new law. Authorities also found 10 rounds of ammunition in the minister’s bag. He “forgot” about his lethal carry-on, said Murphy.

In March, the Rev. John Koletas of the Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York, announced plans to raffle off a Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic rifle during a Sunday service. Why? To honor “hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years,” said the peace-loving pastor.

And last month, Pastor Heath Mooneyham of Ignite Church in Joplin, Missouri also raffled off lethal weapons, The grand prize in the raffle was a Black Rain AR-15, which Pastor Mooneyham called “the Lamborghinis of AR-15s.” The pastor says he is not encouraging violence because, “The first murder recorded in the Bible was with a rock” and “If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I’ll give away 1,000 guns. I don’t care.” Ignite Church is a youth oriented ministry with live music and counter culture elements used in worship.

Then, there is the Pentecostal preacher James McAbee, of the Lighthouse Worship Center in Beaumont, Texas, who wears two loaded guns to church, one on his hip and one on his ankle. His wife also packs for church. Rev. McAbee is such a gun enthusiast, he also teaches gun classes. Is he cultivating violence? No, he says citing Psalm 144:1, which reads “The Lord has trained me for battle”; and Luke 22:36, in which Jesus instructs the disciples to arm themselves.

Many gun carrying religious leaders say they are “carrying” because it is a different world today. Right. It is a world in which religious leaders are willing to kill.

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