It is often better to just be a good witness. Seriously, there is little benefit to be had by inserting yourself into a situation you otherwise have nothing to do with. As the saying goes, not my circus, not my monkeys.
Marwin Al-Aloosi, an Uber driver who recently immigrated from Iraq, had just picked up an unidentified passenger a Dallas-area apartment complex around 1 a.m. The passenger had a handgun in a case. Al-Aloosi and the passenger struck up a conversation about guns and Al-Aloosi wanted to take a selfie with the gun in hand.
Enter Don Quixote, I mean, John Mark Beaty. Beaty sees Al-Aloosi with a gun in hand it seemed obvious to Beaty that Al-Aloosi was an immediate theat. So the best thing he could do right then was shoot Al-Aloosi until he dropped the gun. Fifteen rounds later, Beaty apparently realized he’d had a serious error in judgement and began treating Al-Aloosi’s wounds until emergency responders arrived.
Lesson learned here? It is often far better to simply be a good witness. Not all you see is necessarily what it seems. You can honestly believe you’re doing everything “right” and still be dead wrong. Being an armed citizen (licensed or not) does not create a duty to right every wrong or get into every shitstorm you think you see. If Beaty is lucky, his lawyers will convince a jury that he acted reasonably given the totality of the circumstances. At the moment, it looks like his lawyers have a very hard job ahead of them. Choose wisely folks.
This week, we’ve got a little more discussion about Springfield Armory’s situation in Illinois. We also had the chance to fondle and shoot Beretta’s new APX pistol. In other news, Steyr is suing Sig over the modular nature of the P320 alleging a patent violation…Seems Steyr wants a piece of the US Government pie Sig has earned for itself. And finally, it has been a busy week for armed Texans defending themselves and others. All of that and more of our usual shenanigans on this week’s podcast.
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Two masked men ran up to a woman at her home in the Legends Trace subdivision Friday and tried to abduct her while one of her children were still in the car.
Source: Man arrested after shooting at fiancée’s attempted abduction
What we have here is a failure to understand when and where you’ve crossed the line from defender to aggressor and reckless idiot with a gun.
Force and deadly force can be justified ,”…to prevent aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.” But there’s a clause in the penal code that reads, “when and to the degree…necessary.”
Our “hero” exceeded that standard. Once he’d stopped the threat, he could and should have tended to his fiancée. Instead, he continued to pursue the suspects and became the aggressor as they tried to break contact. Worse, he became reckless in his actions and graduated to deadly conduct. And now Jeremiah Morin has gotten himself arrested for “defending” his fiancée.
If you’re going to make the decision to use force or deadly force, you have a responsibility to be sure you understand where your rights begin and end. Another problem we have in discussing these incidents is people, especially guys, tend to suffer diarrhea of the mouth, bragging about what they’d do in this situation or that with zero regard to the very real legalities that might arise. Folks, check that crap. Don’t let your ego and emotions take you over the edge into moronic misdemeanors and felony stupid.
We’ve been asked a great many times over the last few months, “Where did the podcasts go?” Well, to be honest, life happened.
A wide variety of personal and professional commitments have had us spread in all different directions. Jeff’s got a range to run. Jason is a grandfather now. And me, well, my father’s sudden passing at the end of 2015 was just the beginning of a variety of challenges. The good news is we’re finally getting back on track. To that end, expect a new podcast in the next 24hrs.
Yes. Seriously. There’s a new podcast. We reunited in the infamous “closet” at Shiloh to bang out a new episode. We can’t promise one for next week just yet but, we’re working to get things rolling again. We never intended to be gone this long but, as I said, life happened and you get what you pay for, right? In summary, Jeff, Jason, and I thank you all for your continued support, interest, and understanding.
It’s a shame the mainstream media is salivating over another death. This time, caused by one man’s admitted negligence.
Source: Father Says He – Not the Gun – Killed Son at Shooting Range
To Clayton Brumby’s credit however, he has not taken the path of so many others, claiming the gun did it. And of course, because they believe it supports their agenda, the media is willing to quote him word for word. The gun didn’t just go off. Clayton Brumby admits he pulled the trigger. The death of Brumby’s son is on own Brumby’s hands. That’s a pain no parent wants and something no one in his right mind would wish on anyone. But here is an opportunity for others to learn.
Folks, those of us who have spent any significant amount of time on a gun range have either had hot brass catch us in a sensitive area or witnessed it happen to someone else. I don’t care how much of a bad ass you think you are, it hurts. Ee all know it can and will inspire people to do the “funky chicken” dance in an instant. Still, one should not lose their composure to the point you forget you’ve got dangerous tool in your hand. A better course of action is to simply dress in a manner to reduce the chances of something like this happening in the first place.
Wear closed-toe shoes, not sandals to the range. If you have a loose collar, button it up! Wear a bill forward baseball cap and eye-protection such that your eyes are shielded from flying brass. If you think getting hot brass down your shirt sucks, try getting it caught between your eyeglasses and your face. But if all else fails, remember that you’ve got a dangerous tool in your hand. THAT takes priority over any discomfort/pain you feel while the gun is in your hand. Put the gun down THEN tend to the issue or ride out the pain and carry on. The latter is hard to do but, you might want to think about it this way…No one is going to stop shooting at you because hot brass went down your shirt or got caught where the sun don’t shine. Control your muzzle and keep your booger hook off the bang switch.