Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE OR STANDING YOUR GROUND?

Imagine you're driving home and spot someone speeding. You blow your horn thinking it will slow them down. Instead they stop and confront you with some not-so-nice language.  You speed away, go home, recruit a family member, who grabs a gun, and go back out on the streets prowling for the not-so-nice wayward driver.

At this point it might be wise to ask; are you sure this is a good idea? Why not just call the police?  And, why the gun to search for someone who at the very worse, attacked you with words?

This begs the question; was this a case of self defense or vigilantism? Is it an act of heroism to arm yourself and hunt down someone who made you angry?  Is it really worth the price of losing a life?

Who's the villain? Or as the NRA likes to put it; the "good guy" and the "bad guy."

From where I sit there are no heroes or villains here; just victims of a society that is obsessed with guns and are exploited by those who profit from promoting, marketing, and selling guns.


'My son is a HERO not a vigilante': Family of mom who was shot dead in road rage attack insist they were RIGHT to go hunting for suspect who ended up killing her
In a change from earlier accounts, police say Las Vegas mom Tammy Meyers fetched her armed son to help her search for an angry motorist
Grieving husband Robert Meyers defended his son Tuesday during a vigil held for his wife
Initial reports indicated Tammy Meyers was shot dead by a man who followed her home from her daughter's driving lesson
Police now say she was shot following an interaction that occurred after she and her son Brandon Meyers went searching for the motorist



In a change from earlier accounts, police Lt. Ray Steiber said 44-year-old Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run in the house to fetch her armed son, who then went with her as she drove to find the driver who had earlier stopped his car in front of hers, got out and approached her with angry words.

His son, Brandon Meyers, also defended himself at his mother's vigil, reports NBCLA.

'I did what I had to do to protect my family. Everyone can think what they have to think; I did it for a reason. And I'd do it for anyone I love,' Brandon Meyers said.

When asked to characterize Tammy Meyers' five-to-10 minute drive through the neighborhood, Lieutenant Steibner said Tuesday that police in the investigation 'would never say that anybody went looking for trouble,'