TAMPA — Carlos Garcia lay bleeding on the street in front of his family’s mailbox.
“Yes, ma’am. I just had a man attack me in my front yard,” Nick Julian IV told a 911 operator on Sept. 19, 2015.
“He attacked me and I had to use force,” said Julian. “I was afraid for my life.”
“Well who used the gun?” the operator said.
“I did,” Julian said.
In the background, Garcia’s ex-wife screamed: “Why would you do this?”
” ‘Cause he charged me and I was in fear of my life,” said Julian, then 26.
He said that he needed to call his lawyer. It was 2:05 a.m.
Before Garcia, a 37-year-old father of three, had even been declared dead, the man who shot him was already on the phone with the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.
The association offers a 24-hour hotline, an attorney on retainer, bail money and a wallet-sized card instructing members on what to say after a shooting — starting at just $13 a month.
It’s one of a handful of organizations that says they can help its members strengthen their claim of self-defense from the moment they pull the trigger.
“This is basically preparing people: You’re going to kill someone and you need to know what to do,” said University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks.
The one that sees us as always under seige:
WINDER, Ga. —All Jim Cooley wants to do is buy some soda.
“You want to come to Walmart?” he asks his wife.
“No,” Maria says.
“Pretty please?” Jim asks.
“I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose easy targets for terrorists.
In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million people with carry permits, every day seems to bring a new version of what open carry can mean. In Kentucky, it’s now legal to open-carry in city buildings. In downtown Cleveland, people carried military-style rifles during the Republican National Convention. In Howell, Mich., last month, a father went openly armed to his child’s middle-school orientation. In Mississippi, it’s now legal to open-carry without a permit at all. And in Georgia, which has passed a “guns everywhere” bill and has issued nearly 1 million carry permits, Jim Cooley is staking out his version of what’s acceptable as he keeps pleading with his wife.
“I got to get soda.”
Maria sighs. She worked the night before assembling air-conditioner compressors at a nearby factory, and in a few hours, she knows she’ll have to leave for another third shift.
“Yeah,” she says, giving in. “I might as well get this travesty out of the way.”
“You carrying a big ol’ rifle in the store, scaring the hell out of all the Walmart shoppers.”
It’s been quite a week for John Lewis. Part Three of his graphic novel, March, has been shortlisted for a National Book Award. ) no-repeat scroll -160px -15px;display:inline-block;float:right;height:30px;overflow:hidden;width:140px;} March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) ~ Andrew Aydin (author) More about this product List Price: $49.99 Price: $33.74 You Save: $16.25 (33%) His fifteen-year fight to see the creation… Continue Reading →
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) September 6, 2016
As I’ve mentioned before, the Republicans who control the PA statehouse refuse to give Philadelphia permission to enact its own tighter gun laws. Laws can’t stop all shootings, but they can stop some of them.
- Oh, look. A 21-year-old man accidentally shot himself to death in a Philadelphia gun range.
- A 6-year-old girl was critically injured, hit by crossfire while playing in front of her house.
Only two! That was a good day.
Media coverage of mass shootings contributed to the increase in the number of such crimes in the U.S., researchers said. A study co-authored by Western New Mexico University’s Jennifer Johnston and Andrew Joy claimed that the widespread media coverage of mass shooting instills a desire for fame among the shooters. The study found that the number… Continue Reading →
I am so glad the Dems are going toe to toe with the NRA this year. When Erica Smegielski, daughter of the slain Sandy Hook principal, looked around the hall and said she wanted to be home watching the DNC on TV with her mother, that she would give up every day she had left for one more day with her mother — well, I about lost it. Because every damn day, someone in my city gets shot and killed, and it’s time we stopped it.
" I should not be here tonight." Erica Smeglieski, daughter of slain Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung speaks. pic.twitter.com/0XH2ZlJDew
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 28, 2016
And you pull a gun. Woo hoo, Second Amendment! It’s always important to have gun handy to resolve life’s little irritations.
Republicans Want Bigger Gun Magazines In Their Platform After Vicious Attack On Dallas Police At the same time the country was mourning the tragedy in Dallas with President Obama delivering another moving speech after yet another mass shooting, Republicans in Cleveland were deciding parts of their party platform. And it will probably come as no surprise… Continue Reading →
I’ve reached my limit when it comes to people who can’t even attempt to be the slightest bit rational or reasonable about sensible gun regulations. style=”display:inline-block;width:336px;height:280px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8278450341216875″ data-ad-slot=”5978848991″> When I say “sensible,” that does not mean I support gun confiscations. It’s absolutely ridiculous how any time we try to have an adult conversation about guns in… Continue Reading →