By now we have all heard about the Tamir Rice incident in which a 5’7” 200 pound pre-teen was shot by police officers for drawing a replica pistol on them when the squad car approached him. Of course those who seek to make our life choices for us have jumped on the incident and are using it to bolster their claim that a 1% NYC billionaire knows how to run our lives better than we do.
How are they doing that you say? I’m glad you asked.
In order to fully understand this incident, it is helpful to go back to a similar incident which occurred in an Ohio WalMart in August 2015. A young black father of 3, John Crawford III went to WalMart to do some shopping. As he walked around talking on his phone, he noticed a BB gun that WalMart sells was lying on a shelf. He picked it up, looked at it, and walked down the aisle with it, eventually leaning on it like a cane while he continued his phone conversation.
Ohio is an open carry state, so even if Mr. Crawford had been walking around with a real rifle and not a WalMart BB gun, there is no reason for any police response whatsoever.
What Mr. Crawford didn’t know was that he had come to the attention of a gun control advocate named Ronald Ritchie and his wife. Mr. Ritchie saw a black man apparently exercising a right he didn’t think he should have and called 911. Had Mr. Ritchie been honest this story might have ended there, but instead he followed the advice found on the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Facebook page and lied about what Mr. Crawford was doing, knowing full well that a man carrying a rifle would not generate the response the gun control crowd wants.
Here is what he said:
Mr. Ritchie identified himself as a United States Marine (lie)
He said Mr. Crawford was carrying an M4 (lie)
He said Mr. Crawford was loading the M4 (lie)
He said Mr. Crawford was pointing it at women and children (lie)
He said Mr. Crawford “looked like he wasn’t going to go down easy” (lie)
Then came the icing on the cake. A woman near Mr. Ritchie screamed that she had been shot… with the M4 that didn’t exist… that was loaded with non-existent bullets that were placed into the non-existent magazine. That woman has never been identified by police however video footage shows only 3 people were in that corner of the WalMart. Those people are Mr. Crawford, Mr. Ritchie and his wife.
Police responded to an active shooter scenario and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence got their desired result- the death of an apparent firearm owner at the hands of the police, acting on lies told by their followers. Many of the comments on their Facebook page after this tragic incident said “Good job” and referenced “gunhumpers”, “ammosexuals” and “insurrectionists” getting what they deserved.
These people use lies to advance their agenda, it is their stock in trade, and will gleefully lie whenever and wherever necessary, even if it means the death of a fellow citizen checking out a BB gun that WalMart sells.
So how does this tie into the Tamir Rice shooting you say? I am glad you asked that as well.
The usual suspects when it comes to gun control have been saying that the Tamir Rice incident proves why open carry is a bad thing. They are tying Tamir’s death to that of Mr. Crawford’s saying that open carry makes it more likely for the police to shoot people and the practice endangers everyone. They are of course spouting pure bovine scatology.
Tamir Rice was NOT open carrying. He was walking around with a pistol, in a park, pointing it at people. He was walking on the sidewalk, pointing it at passing cars. The 911 caller who called the police about Tamir stated several times that he was pointing the pistol at people and vehicles and laughing as people ducked and ran. In between these incidents, he had it tucked into his waistband under his jacket.
Let me summarize the gun grabber’s position on this particular incident:
If you have a pistol hidden in your waistband where nobody can see it, that is open carry. If you point a pistol at people walking by and passing motorists, that is open carry.
What Tamir Rice was doing is called a crime. It is codified in every state in the Union that pointing a firearm, or what appears to be a firearm, at someone is a criminal act. Whether it is called menacing, going armed to the terror of the public, assault by pointing firearm, or any other of the myriad legal terms used to describe the action… it is a violent criminal act. This was what the police were dispatched to. The difference was Tamir Rice was actually pointing his gun at people, unlike Mr. Crawford.
When the police rolled up, Tamir used his left hand to raise his jacket up and began a drawstroke from concealment with his right hand, partially drawing the pistol from his waistband. Once again I point to the anti-gun crowd calling this “open carry”. If anything shows cognitive dissonance on levels never before heard of, this one little tidbit takes the prize.
Tamir Rice was shot because he was pointing a replica pistol at people and attempted to draw it from concealment on responding officers. The truth doesn’t matter to the gun ban extremists though. They deliberately mislead their followers, who aren’t bright enough to figure out that a pistol concealed under a jacket isn’t open carry, and drawing it on approaching officers is “open carry” which should now be banned since open carry (in what passes for their minds) gets people killed.
They used the exact opposite of this incident earlier in the year, when one of their followers SWATed a young man leaning on a BB gun to death by lying about every single thing that Mr. Crawford was doing and even making things up out of thin air, to the point of a woman screaming she had been shot (by an unloaded BB gun no less), to again “prove” that open carry is dangerous and should be banned.
Think about the mindset these people have for a minute.
They are willing to SWAT innocent people to death (and indeed rejoice when it happens) and call an individual committing criminal acts with a concealed pistol “open carry” in order to advance their political agenda.
While we have all seen how low the gun grabbers will go (like memorializing the Tsarniev Boston Bomber as a “victim of gun violence”) but they have hit rock bottom and started digging with this one.
- Mr. Decker
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