Skip to comments.Phoenix Anchor Says Arizonans should be able to "Blow Away" People with a Rifle on their Shoulder
Posted on 08/04/2014 6:34:16 AM PDT by marktwain
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A controversial arrest in Phoenix, where police arrested a prominent local research doctor who was protesting, with a rifle slung on his shoulder, at the unsecured airport Starbucks, prompted this exchange between Mark Curtis, a 12News anchor and Marc Victor, the victims attorney.
The exchange occurs in the video from 1:55 to 2:22:
Mark Curtis, anchor, 12News:
"Someones carrying a gun, and they're with their children, and they see a man walk into a Starbucks with a rifle on his shoulder. What would stop them from blowing your client away?
Marc Victor, attorney:
Well, the fact that the law prohibits that unless there is an imminent risk of deadly physical force, or....
Mark Curtis, Anchor 12News:
You don't think that a man carrying a rifle in a Starbucks, after what we have seen in Aurora, Colorado, would be enough reason for someone that is carrying a gun to think that they are in imminent danger?
Video of the interview between Anchor Mark Curtis and Attorney Marc Victor
No charges have been filed against Doctor Steinmetz, and the hearings have been vacated. That did not stop the local, national, and international media from blaring headlines and his name around the world:
Doctor points AR-15 rifle at woman and teen in airport
Video from the airport security cameras now shows those charges to be false. If you look in the background in the interview video, you can see that Dr. Steinmetz never points his rifle at anyone. Clearly, Mark Curtis knows this, because he never mentions the previous charges, preferring to attack with his weird assertion that someone in a Starbucks, who sees a man enter with a rifle slung over his shoulder, would be justified in "blowing away" the open carrier.
Many of those who want a disarmed population advocate for death to armed citizens. Some have advocated calling 911 and lying. Some have advocated provoking panic when they see an open carrier. Some have said that they should leave without paying their bills. Some have said that they would try to provoke a confrontation between armed citizens and police. But this is the first case that I have seen where a prominent media person has claimed that being armed is sufficient cause to justify being "blown away".
This flies in the face of all the facts. Open carry protesters are exceptionally safe, at least as safe as police officers. This simply makes sense. They know they are in the public eye. Even an article at the NYTs notices that safety is not an issue at these events. The FBI notes that criminals almost never openly carry, and seldom carry in holsters.
I do not see how Mark Curtis can claim any credibility on second amendment issues, no matter how many "I believe in the second amendment, but.." statements that he issues.
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Lucas McCain might have something to say about that.
Hmm they have made the choice for those of us who don't want to be disarmed pretty simple - a straight dichotomy. It appears that they want kill us so when confronted by a deadly threat what can you do? A couple of hundred of the more outspoken advocates of murdering those of us who believe in freedom given a dose of their own medicine might prove educational for the rest.
Not even close, he’s over the line.
IMO anyone who says “I believe in the second amendment, but..” doesn’t support the second amendment.
What would stop him? Common sense and a lack of hoplophobia.
Do his panties get all wadded up when he sees an armed cop?
Everyone spot the basic assumption that the presence of a gun not in the hands of law enforcement inherently is an “imminent danger”?
Sadly, I believe the exact opposite to be true nowadays in the Obamanation...
Let’s see. I bet he’s against any sort of stand your ground laws in which someone can defend themselves against an aggressor. Here, he is fine with aggressors attacking someone who happens peacefully open carry.
Chuck Connors, conservative and former Seton Hall man. The Rifleman, still in sydication, transends time with a moralistic and independent life style message.
Liberals believe that simply wanting a firearm is proof of paranoia and you should be refused on the grounds of mental instability.
This is why guns should be outlawed - for leftists. They simply lack the common sense necessary to responsibly possess them.
All Guns are evil. ...prefer only an armed government.
“Go —— yourself, Phoenix.”
Indeed - “presence of armed gov’t agent = imminent danger”.
It is very likely that any call to “authorities” will result in a negative situation for you and your family.
Biggest fish in a small pond syndrome.He’s nobody and nothing.
A slung long gun is about as immediately dangerous as a doughnut.
Hoplophobes are stupid.
Could we apply that logic to Blowing away people with other lethal objects?
Cars, trucks, tractors, baseball bats, knives, gasoline, flour
"Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish?
They aren’t scared of the gun, they’re scared of the person’s ability to resist oppression.
I actually believe that these bent out of shape people about guns, don't give it a second thought when someone with a white or blue uniform is open carrying. And that would include a janitor.
“I actually believe that these bent out of shape people about guns, don’t give it a second thought when someone with a white or blue uniform is open carrying. And that would include a janitor.”
I think you are correct. Wear something that looks like a uniform, and you get a pass.
They assume you are an agent of the state, so in their mind, you must be benevolent.
And he was a former member of the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Dodgers and drafted by (but never played for) the Chicago Bears. Tough guy.
A hair dryer?
< /sarc >
I believe he thought he was being clever, besmirching both pistol and rifle carriers with this hypothetical.
Some of them. Agreed.
For others, I’d rather attribute it to stupidity as that much human Evil frankly scares the spit out of me.
I cant believe that the blind illogic of this statement has eluded everyone.
For this someone with kids to blow away the person with a rifle on his shoulder that person would have to be carrying a firearm.
So why would a person carrying a firearm immediately see this person as a threat? For a person to carry a firearm it almost a foregone conclusion that they do not view persons carrying a firearm as being an inherent threat.
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." ---USMC Maj. Gen. James Mattis
But why the guy with the shouldered rifle more than anyone else.
Never said him more than anyone else...
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