I did my best to leave race out of the previous story because I believe this is an incident of stupidity on the part of all parties involved and that there are a number of lessons that can be learned from this…
The one lesson in stupidity I left out of the first article is in today’s current environment of racial tension do not pull a gun on a black person unless you intend to use it and have rock-solid justification to use deadly force. Pulling a gun on anyone just because you are “scared” is frankly always a stupid idea, but jumping out of your call and pulling a gun on someone, especially a black person at the moment is without question STUPID and is sure to get you arrested and criminally charged.
If you don’t believe me just ask Jillian Wuestenberg and Eric Wuestenberg of Oakland County, Michigan who did just that. If you missed my previous article on the incident that occurred outside a Chipotle restaurant you can click on this link and read about it. I would recommend you do it because there are some important things discussed in it.
The Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper made the decision to charge each of them with one count of felony assault after reviewing the video footage of the incident. Sheriff Mike Bouchard said in a public statement that he incident stemmed from a “bump and lack of apology.” He goes on to say:
“Let’s have a little more tolerance for each other and not being so quick to react, If someone is doing something improper or unfair, I tell my family and friends to look away. This is not the moment to plant your flag.”
While I agree with his statement and believe that all parties would be guilty of felonious stupidity if such a statute existed, I think this is going to be a very tough case for the prosecutor to get a conviction. The 15-year-old and her mother initiated the conflict, the woman who drew her gun tried to defuse the situation after getting in her car the first time, the only actual threat conveyed by anyone was when the mother said to Mr. Wuestenberg, “If you say something I’ll beat your ass too.” I never saw Mr. Wuestenberg pull a gun and if his assault charge stems from hitting the 15-year-old daughter who intentionally jumped behind the vehicle as he was trying to leave, good luck with that Ms. Cooper.
Now, just a quick lesson on deadly force and when a threat might be and might not be just to use deadly force. If someone threatens someone it might not be a smart thing to do and it may or may not be criminal… But when does that threat rise to the level that would justify the use of deadly force… Well, anyone can threaten to kill someone, but can that person actually deliver on that threat?
Let’s use the example of the mother and Mr. Wuestenberg. The mother threatened to beat his ass if he said anything. OK, but what are the chances she could actually beat his ass much less present a threat of serious bodily harm or death. Mr. Wuestenberg wasn’t a particularly huge man and doesn’t look to be in all that great of physical condition, but he does appear to be a bigger man than the mother that threatened him. Chances are even if she physically attacked him he would be able to defend himself and absent the mother producing a weapon he’s really in no real danger.
The extreme example I like to you is the 6’2″ 240-pound linebacker who has a 5 ft nothing 100-pound woman that says I’m going to kill you and runs at him and begins to beat on him… Well, she could kick and punch on him all day long and not put so much as a scratch on him. If he pulled a gun and shot her it’s unlikely anyone is going to buy the “I feared for my life” line…
Now let’s turn that around… if you are the 5′ nothing 100-pound girl and some 240-pound 6’2″ linebacker is standing over you and says, “I’m gonna kill you” and starts running toward you like a freight train and you produced a hand cannon and killed him dead, no one is going to have a hard time believing you feared for your life and he had the ability to deliver on his threat…
Now don’t mistake any of this if all things are equal… If the little girl pulls a gun on you and says I’m gonna kill you then she has conveyed a clear threat and is clearly holding the ability to deliver on that threat…
The use of deadly force is never as clear cut and people like to believe… It is not at all uncommon for people to find themselves in handcuffs looking at an expensive legal battle to gain their freedom. A really good example of this is an incident that occurred recently in Arlington County, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C.,… An employee was sleeping in the back office of a small retail store when he heard his front window break at 4 am and he saw three masked men rushing in through the broken window. He grabbed a handgun he had with him and started shooting. He says he was shooting more to scare them off than to hit anyone but one of his billed landed on one of the bad guys, not killing but wounding them.
The police showed up and it was discovered that the three bad guys were 16-17-year-old kids and he was arrested. The counties anti-bail liberal Soros backed prosecutor fought and had him held on no bail and he is now facing a legal battle to secure his freedom. I would be surprised if any jury convicts him but as I said, the use of deadly force is not always as clear cut as you might think.
In closing, I will reiterate what I said in my last article… If you carry a firearm for self-defense great, but your brain should be your first weapon of choice and your gun should be your last choice. If you can avoid trouble, avoid it… Killing someone over a stupid argument or disagreement is just not worth it for anyone… If you carry a firearm, you should be willing to swallow your ego before you are willing to pull that gun and kill another human being… Death is permanent… It is also valuable and no one should want to exchange it for some silly argument.
If you do carry a concealed weapon for self-defense, or even if you keep a weapon at home for self-defense it’s a pretty good idea to have insurance that will take care of your legal fees in the event you are involved in a shooting or are charged with any sort of firearms violation such as what has happened here. The United States Concealed Carry Association offers several options and I would highly recommend you give them a look… I don’t work for or have anything to do with them but I do have one of these policies for both my wife and I and I can’t think of a better spent $30 a month in my budget… You can click on this link to check them out… This is my member referral link.