Americans Against the Tea Party reported earlier on the 30th that a 72 year old man was gunned down in suburban Georgia this Thanksgivings.
Say it with me folks.
What. The. Fuck?!
First off, some context; the man was suffering from Alzheimer’s, a terrifying disease that causes you to slowly lose yourself one memory at a time. He had become confused as to where he lives (an all too common occurrence with demented patients), and had gone to his old home thinking his family was there; in actuality a new (possibly terrifyingly stupid) family had moved in. By the time Ronald Westbrook met his end, he had, sadly, been wandering around the freezing neighborhood in nothing heavier than a light jacket and straw hat. His only company was his dog. His family hadn’t even realized he was missing until roughly the same time as his assailant had shot him.
Joe Hendrix, emulating our favorite RWNJ George Zimmerman, confronted Mr. westbrook on his porch with a .40 caliber handgun while his fiance was calling police about a possible prowler.
I’m going to stop this account right here to ask what the fuck he was thinking? joe Hendrix is 34, and from what I can gather, likely at least about as fit and strong as I am; Ronald Westbrook, on the other hand, was a 72 year old grandfather. I have several family members who have served in the military, including a grandfather and father-in-law who served in the vietnam war as navy and army respectfully. I wouldn’t be scared if confronted by either one unless they were armed and dangerous, which Ronald clearly was not. He was probably suffering from stage 1 hypothermia for fuck’s sake!
Yes, the man wasn’t obeying verbal commands to stop or back away, but what do you expect from a man so confused he thinks that your house is his own? In what way does this, this coward putting 4 slugs into an old man’s chest, seem like a justified act? Because apparently, right now, that’s what it is. Thanks to yet another Stand Your Ground law, the cops claim that, while he should have stayed in his house (kinda like how Zimmerman should’ve stayed in his car), what he did wasn’t illegal.
Say it again folks,
I saw this story and wanted to cry. As I’m writing this, tears are welling up in my eyes over the thought of this family losing their patriarch the day before a holiday meant to celebrate everything good in your life. This shit needs to stop; we cannot continue letting these asinine gun laws continue allowing people who treat movies like Die Hard and Roadhouse as if they were porn. I’m honestly thoroughly convinced some of the people who keep cropping up in the news see movies like this less as cheesy male fantasy and more as instructional manuals.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against defending your home; the missus keeps a (registered) pistol from her father for emergencies, and I have a hefty steel bastard sword for the same reason; thing is, the missus and I both believe that, until they actually cross the threshold, it is an officer’s duty to take care of them.
I live downtown with roughly 8 bars (if you count the dive bars, nightclubs, and gastropubs) within a half mile of my soon-to-be-vacant apartment. Every weekend, and some weeknights, there will be drunk bastards walking home (at least they’re responsible enough not to drive), hooting and hollering like a pack of howler monkeys. I’ve had two try to come inside my home while blackout drunk, one through the front door, one an unsecured window, only to run when they noticed that A.) the chain was on the door, and B.) our dog, Angel, started barking. If I shot/stabbed/bludgeoned/etc. everyone the Castle Doctrine claimed I was allowed to, There’d likely be a permanent blood splatter on my stoop. I, however, have the crazy notion that people should get a chance to either explain themselves or retreat, thankfully.
When will we pay the debt of blood required for common sense gun reform? How many more have to die to offer the NRA its blood money? When will this nightmarish existence our (well, your) children have to grow up in finally end?