You are noble and poetic in defeat, sir

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.


4 thoughts You are noble and poetic in defeat, sir

  1. avatar SAm says:

    Whaaa ..? Were these white shoplifters or something? Did anybody even thank this hero for his service?

    Oh the humanity! If I were him I’d buy about 20 5gal buckets of Jim Bakker’s survival food and pile furniture against the doors to keep out the savages.

    That “Blackhawk Down” thing .. that happened in Ft. Wayne, right?

    On an unrelated note, I think I’m losing my capacity to be appalled. This all seems so normal now.

  2. avatar toma says:

    Someday one of these heroes is going to open up on a shoplifter, and the shoplifter will be reasonably in fear for his life (hint, hint). So he’ll pull his own Glock out and blow the vigilante away. Then Mr. Bad Guy will fairly invoke Stand Your Ground and the D.A. will only be able to shrug his shoulders. Of course, if the petty thief happens to be a black man there will be a sizable civil war and much blood letting over a number of years…

  3. avatar SAm says:

    “I wanted them to stay there [in the parking lot] until the police arrived,” Reynolds said.

    I can’t think of a better way to get someone to stop and stand still than to fire a few 9mm rounds at them. That’s one of the first things you learn in Open Carry class. It practically screams “Hey, let’s get to know one another better.”

    Aside: What’s your take on Trumpmentum? He can’t seem to say anything awful or ridiculous enough to get off the hook for the nomination. According to traditional media “gaffeology” (yeah, I just made that up. Apologies) he should have disqualified himself at least a dozen times by now, but the Republican base is just getting more and more aroused.

    How does he get out of this without becoming president? I hope he isn’t counting on the Supreme Court to save him by affirming voting rights.

  4. avatar toma says:

    It practically screams “Hey, let’s get to know one another better.”

    Classic. As to the rest, I have it up in the new post. 😉

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