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Dan Rackley

Dan Rackley is a US Naval veteran living in Philadelphia and a contributor to "Will They Ever Trust Us Again?"

January 16th, 2011 11:35 AM

James Fuller Arrested For Making Threat

Several Others Guitly Of Not Having Common Sense

It seems that whenever some kind of tragedy occurs, people automatically tend to naturally and rightfully get very sensitive.  Tragedy also has the unique ability to raise the volume of people’s emotions and their opinions.  Like with the horrific events of the shooting in Arizona, seems that any statement at all even remotely related to what happened is going to raise everyone’s emotions and sensibilities to a fever pitch.

Take the case of James Fuller, one of the more than dozen people who hot hit with one of the bullets fired from Jared Loughner’s gun last week.  He’s been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and making a threat on Trent Humpries, the head of the Tea Party movement in Arizona , during a taping for ABC Television.  From what it appears, Trent was making comments saying that any talk about gun control should be held off until all the dead are buried.  What a nice sentiment, let’s respect the memory of those poor people by not talking about the very thing that killed them until they are laid to rest.  What a buffoon this guy is.  This is a state that has little to nothing when it comes to gun control.  No permit to speak of if you want to carry a concealed weapon.  Hell, I knew something was up with the gun control regulations in Arizona when one of the main stations that was being used for coverage by most of the national news stations’ call letters was KGUN.  Sounds a little subliminal to me.

But Mr. Fuller, who took a bullet in the knee and the back during Loughner’s shooting rampage, is now being looked at in the same light as the man that killed half a dozen people and injured countless more.  After having to sit and listen like a good boy to Mr. Humpries’ rhetorical garbage about gun control, he couldn’t take no more.  By the way, anyone else notice that anyone that is against gun control never wants to have the conversation except for when it is convenient for them.  You know, when they wouldn’t look like a fool and be publicly embarrassed? 

But back to Mr. Fuller.  Still hurting from two bullets that struck him, he spun around in his chair, raised his camera towards Humpries, snapped a picture and shouted “you’re dead.”  The police immediately constituted this as a threat and took him out of the hall.  Charges are now pending against him and he was ordered to go a mental health evaluation.  There’s no need for that.  To publicly embarrass a guy that has just gone through what he’s gone through.  He doesn’t need a psych eval like some kind of criminal.  He’s just been through something few of us can imagine.  And now because someone representing a group that prides itself on a bounty of common sense just couldn’t muster his ability to shut up; he’s now being looked at like a criminal.

Anyone with five seconds of common sense could see what James Fuller was trying to do there.  Trent Humpries was going on about not wanting to have stricter gun control laws and James Fuller was symbolically trying to show him that how quickly being shot under loose gun control regulations can happen to anyone.  When it comes to threats on people’s life, free passes should not be given out lightly.  Not often should something of the public magnitude of what happened in front of ABC’s cameras be universally forgiven.  But in the case of James Fuller, maybe we need to take a step back and fully look at what he was trying to do.  He was trying to show everyone, when gun laws are so lax that you don’t even need a permit to hide one on your person in a public place; that it could happen to anyone at anytime.  He didn’t need to be carted off like a criminal.

I hope that everyone watches the program that this incident was being taped at.  Maybe it will serve as a wakeup call for two things.  One, that people start learning to exercise their beliefs with a little bit of common sense; and that maybe the victims should have a little more leeway in what they say about a tragedy they just went through.

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