Ta-Nehisi is right.
A great many American problems, by Coates’ lights, come from the fact that the nation was simultaneously founded on a messianic self-conception and gruesome injustice — the high moral principles of the Declaration of Independence grafted onto an agrarian slave state.
It is a token of faith in America that every man should be something of a God. That Righteousness be His eternal birthright. So I see no point in asking this man what the hell he was thinking.
An Indiana veteran is baffled that he was arrested on felony charges after opening fire at two shoplifting suspects fleeing a store near his home.
“I thought, ‘Really? A felony charge?’ I’m very well-trained,” said Norman Reynolds, who chased the men out of the Big R store in Elkhart and fired his gun at them when he was unable to catch up, reported WBND-LD.
Because Indiana. Which is smack-dab in the middle of America. This means that Norman Reynolds has the right to summarily execute evildoers of whatever stripe, on all days, everyday, in all circumstances. Although I must admit I’m glad to hear him offer up some law-and-order mumbo-jumbo for drawing a bead and firing the ole’ Wrath of Christ. Such gestures are always polite and well-appreciated, culturally speaking…
“I wanted them to stay there [in the parking lot] until the police arrived,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds has a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
He said he only opened fire because the suspect in the passenger seat of the truck had dropped out of sight and Reynolds didn’t know if the suspect would pop back up with a weapon.
Having chased the shoplifters outside, he was afraid one of them was about to draw a gun on him. I mean, are these people assholes or what? Clearly it had become a dangerous situation, there’s really no arguing about it. These jerks are the type of people who steal things and then run away, after all. It makes perfect sense he would try to murder them. There’s no more effective way of forcing a moving object to remain exactly where they are [forever].
He still has his permit to carry, but Reynolds said this experience has led him to no longer arm himself.
“I really, really feel uncomfortable,” Reynolds said. “So [my wife and I] hardly ever go out. I pretty much stay in my house cause I don’t feel like I can defend myself and I will not be a victim.”
Now he’s not allowed to shoot anybody.
“I have to completely rethink my life now because of this,” Reynolds said.
He’s totally helpless. Thanks, Obama.