by Bruce A. Smith
Here we go again. Since the Newton massacre I have been deluged with emails describing righteous shooting deaths in the defense of some person or belief. Below is the latest.
All the emails come from friends or people whom I respect. I respond and ask them what we should do in terms of gun safety, but I get nothing of substance in return. It seems the subject of weapons and self-protection leaves them unable to converse coherently on legislation that can keep our kids safe.
When they do respond, all I get are glorifications of somebody blowing somebody else away. That seems to be it – more guns and more ammo are the answer, with the goal of making sure somebody is packin’ at every corner, hallway, and office in America.
It doesn’t matter if the facts of the story below are true – it is simply a reflection of a mind-set, a mythic view of the world that many people accept as real.
Many people castigate me for lousy journalism if I don’t thoroughly vet these kinds of stories, but I say it is unnecessary. The story is real enough because many people already believe it is true. At the least, this story is an accurate reflection of the thinking and values of many of our country men and women.
This gun story also has an ugly ending, penetrating to the core of hatred that so many have for immigrants. I find it particularly offensive since I was once married to an immigrant who cherished being able to live in this country as much as she loved me.
First is the gun story, then comes my response.
Bruce A. Smith, Publisher
The Mountain News-WA
February 11, 2013
Shotgun preteen vs. Illegal alien Home Invaders…
Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11-year-old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay-shooting champion since she was nine.
Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father’s room and grabbed his 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.
Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old’s knee-crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.
When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive.
It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45-caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David 0’Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest.
Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news……..?
An 11 year old girl, properly trained, defended her home and herself……against two murderous, illegal immigrants…….and she wins, She is still alive.
Now THAT is Gun Control!
Thought for the day….
Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented immigrant’
is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist’
I like this kind of e-mail!
American citizens defending themselves and their
IF YOU’RE A TRUE AMERICAN PASS THIS ON, IF YOU’RE AGAINST PROTECTING OUR BORDERS DELETE THIS MESSAGE
Please show your e-mail savvy by respecting and protecting the privacy of all parties. When Forwarding, use “BCC” and press “Send” only AFTER you have deleted all extraneous email addresses from this email. It’s the smart way to share. THANK YOU EJ
This is one story that has a positive outcome, at least for the eleven-year old girl.. However, the bigger question is how we lower the 35,000 gun deaths each year in the United States.
I have no problem killing people who threaten us. But how do we protect people when they are in very vulnerable states, such as sitting in a classroom, driving kids to school, sitting in movie theaters, having a meal with family, sitting at a desk in an office and doing work, etc.
I have no desire to be in the company of people I don’t trust who carry lethal power. One-third of all men currently have a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) in Washington. That does not make me feel safe.
I used to teach gun safety, and I used to go hunting with guys who have lived with guns all their lives. On occasion, I would hunt with guys who worked in gun stores, so they were certainly trained to use weapons safely. Yet, I’ve seen what they are capable under even the least amount of stress or excitement. It ain’t pretty. As a result, I’ve been shot at by accident more than once. Many people can not handle lethal power, and few of them realize – or accept – that limitation.
To train someone to be skilled and mature enough to handle killing will take this country a lot of time and money. It might be easier to follow the wisdom of the Celts, who said: “One should not teach a man the art of war until you’ve taught him how to dance.”
I think the requirements for a CWP should include some measure of that kind of emotional development. Then, we can talk about arming the entire country, including teachers and bus drivers.
Also, we need to remember that four armed cops got ambushed while sitting at a coffee shop in Parkland just a couple of years ago. One was even the commander of his department’s SWAT team. That shooting was followed or preceded by several others in the region and I stopped counting the killing of police officers after about 7 or so. It begs the question – since even armed and trained professionals are getting killed, what level of vigilance do you gun folks recommend?
Besides dance lessons, I call for a ban on assault weapons, clips that hold six or more rounds, and the prohibition of all machine pistols.
As for immigrants, my sweet wife helped me form my view on that subject.
America stands for freedom. Everyone here came from someplace else that was not as free. To forbid the pursuit of freedom is to restrict America.
BTW: The gun story is not true. It is a complete fabrication, and has no basis in a known, published facts. Here is the link to Snopes:
Addendum, 2.12. 13
The following comes from another friend, commenting on all of the above:
“The sad truth is that many gun owners long for the perfect self-defense scenario to unfold in their midst: one which allows someone (preferably themself) to justifiably shoot the bad guys, save the fair maiden and be hailed as a hero by all good people.
“Lacking a real self-defense shooting opportunity, many drift into fantasy, hence the 11 year-old Montana girl story. That story is a really interesting psychic stew involving a murderous hatred of Latino immigrants, weapon-enabled “modern” women (they can vote and shoot) and even a very subtle nuance of child rape fantasy. Freud would have a friggin’ field day.
“Somehow these huge glorious lies are tolerated and even embraced because they ‘send the right message.’
“I know a guy, a skydiver, who has a concealed carry permit. He likes fantasizing about “the poor fucker who tries to stick me up” as he walks through bad neighborhoods hoping it will happen. He is one bad ass dude and would probably be the one left standing, but what a perverted situation as he trolls for land sharks itching for his first human kill.”