Skip to comments.Huntington man uses 2-year-old daughter as shield during standoff
Posted on 03/07/2012 5:15:04 PM PST by Morgana
HUNTINGTON - W Va
A Huntington man is accused of holding his 2-year-old daughter in front of him as a shield during a standoff with Huntington police, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers were called to the home at 822 9th Street West around 1:55 a.m. for a domestic dispute. According to the criminal complaint, a woman on scene was found with a bloody nose. She allegedly was fighting with her husband and identified herself as the wife of 47-year-old Barry Linton James.
Huntington police tried to contact James but he yelled "get off my porch or I'll shoot you." James approached the door several times while officers were outside, often making threats to them. At one point, James held his 2-year-old daughter in front of him as a human shield.
The last time James approached the door officers rushed in and engaged in a brief struggle before arresting him.
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It’s incidents such as this one that makes me somewhat supportive of the domestic violence law that forever denies ownership of firearms to clowns such as this.
Save that expression for a cell block rendezvous.
I don't think you need to make marriage even more unattractive. Such a law *will* be abused, and the government will be jumping with joy whenever any complaint is made, valid or not.
In this case the guy is a felon, or he is not. If he is not then he keeps all his rights. If he is then he loses some. No new laws needed.
My point was that if someone has such little self-control and good sense as to behave like this guy, then I agree that he and others like him who beat their wives and act the horse’s ass in general should not be allowed around firearms lest they really hurt someone.
Marriage is either attractive or not, depending on a person’s conception of it. I find it difficult to believe that a person would decline to get married on the basis of possibly losing his firearm rights.
But why a non-felonious behavior toward the wife is worse than the same behavior toward a neighbor, a coworker, a stranger? IMO it is not. Therefore we need to change laws; the new law will say that you may own and bear arms unless you are a felon AND unless someone complained about your poor behavior. Talk about disarming the country in one easy legislative decision... there is probably not one man (or woman) living who hasn't, at one point, behaved poorly.
So far the law can restrict your 2nd Amendment rights only if you are a felon. Getting there requires not just a complaint from the wife; it also requires investigation, a trial where you can defend yourself, and conviction by your peers. Reduction of that threshold (that is written into the Constitution) down to a mere angry phone call to 911 is not just a slippery slope, it's a freefall.
I find it difficult to believe that a person would decline to get married on the basis of possibly losing his firearm rights.
It has cumulative effect. No single straw can break the camel's back, but load enough of them and your camel will be in two pieces. It's bad enough that a divorce can destroy you financially; and divorces are not exactly rare. A less than ideal spouse can (and will) use this law for blackmail.