Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Why Carrying a Battle Rifle in Your Car Makes Sense...

From MSNBC tonight:
Crowd attacks, kills man at Juneteenth festival
Man was passenger riding in vehicle that hit child during Texas observance

AUSTIN, Texas - An angry crowd beat a man to death after a vehicle he was riding in struck and injured a young girl, police said Wednesday.

Police believe 2,000 to 3,000 people were in the area for a Juneteenth celebration when the attack occurred Tuesday night.

The driver had stopped to check on the little girl at the entrance to an apartment complex when a group of men attacked him, authorities said. The passenger, David Rivas Morales, 40, got out to try to help the driver, but the crowd turned on him, said police Commander Harold Piatt.

Morales was beaten to death by as many as 20 men and left lying in a parking lot, Piatt said. A preliminary autopsy listed blunt force trauma as the cause of death.
From Drudge:
Police Release More Detail About Juneteenth Violence

Milwaukee Police say a 33-year-old man has a broken tooth and cuts all over his face after a group of teenagers pulled him from his car and beat him following Milwaukee's Juneteenth celebration.

It happened after the festival ended in the 3000 block of north 1st Street which is a short distance from the actual festival. Police say hundreds of teenagers started kicking the man's car. Today's TMJ 4 video from the scene shows the teenagers damaging at least several cars.
Hell, the bravest thing I've apparently done lately was drive to Denver without a battle rifle in the car...or a gun of any sort, since I was Participating in the Legislative Process. I even wore a dark suit, white cotton shirt and dreadfully trendy tie, which caused Col. Brown to nearly swoon..."I wish everyone could see this!" he said as we feretted out the House hearing rooms. I'm only thankful that there were no cameras, or else I'd be out buying raw footage from reporters. I was reduced to carrying my Ken Onion rainbow-anodized folder, since I thought that matched the tie. Miracle I survived.

I think next week on podcast we're going to talk about rifles for the car...


Anonymous said...

I dunno, wouldn't it be a lot quicker and safer to just drive off and find the cops?
How long would it take for you to go to your trunk, uncase/unlock your rifle, and load it? And this violent crowd is just going to stand by while you are doing this? And imagine the fallout if you had to shoot somebody with it, or if someone takes your rifle away from you. Sharpton would have a field day. Your best bet is to have a cellphone and handgun on you. If the crowd starts getting wacky, drive off while on the phone w/ the cops telling why you are leaving the scene.

DonWorsham said...

Unfortuntly, if Morales had possessed a battle rifle and subdued the crowd, he would have been charged with brandishing an assault weapon and lost his right to own firearms...but atlease he would still be alive.

Michael Bane said...

Trunk? Lock? Load? Fall-out? Sharpton?

A gun locked in the trunk equals no gun at all...that's why it's legal to transport a gun that way in California.

Rifle beats funeral expenses.

Agree, however, that drive off is always best policy. Or, for that matter, drive over.

However, if you''ve just accident hit someone, driving off is "leaving the scene of an injury accident" or "hit and run." You are obliged to stop, render aid and wait for the take on this story is that is what the driver was attempting to do, without regard for the crowd or its dangers.


1akmaninfl said...

...." dark suit, white cotton shirt and dreadfully trendy tie". Had to have carried the day!! Some folks here would love to have seen THAT.

Anonymous said...

I can state for a fact that one or two unexpected rifle rounds fire in the air will disperse most mobs quickly. I have seen the effect in both Liberia and Somalia on crownds when in the USMC

Anonymous said...

I carried a pump shotgun in my vehicle for years, but gave up the habit awhile back. May need to re-visit that habit.

Anonymous said...

Careful Michael:

I suppose one could chamber a round quickly enough.

ExistingThing said...

In california you can have a long gun in the cab of the vehicle concealed or not, as long as no ammunition is touching the long gun.

You'd just have to reach into the back seat, and grab a hand full of shells or a mag.

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