If there were no guns in the house, a drunk 16 year old would have been taken home by the Sheriff’s Department. No one would be DEAD.
The quote above, by KathleenVS, is a response to ugly comments on the shooting death of Caleb A. Gordley, a sixteen year old Park View High School junior. Her comment isn’t a debate argument. It is a fact.
The facts of the tragedy are less clear. Donald West Wilder, a Sterling Volunteer Fire Company veteran allegedly fired a warning shot, and when Caleb passed him in the stairwell and walked down the hall, Wilder “discharged his firearm several times,” shooting him in the back. Was Mr. Wilder protecting other members of the household from a youth who was so inebriated that he didn’t notice a stranger shooting at him? Sheriff Chapman confirmed that Gordley had no criminal intent when entering the home.
In his March 20 “Dear Sterling American” newletter, Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio issued the following statement, emphasis mine:
“This is a very sad time for Sterling. I join everyone in Sterling in expressing my sadness and genuine prayers for all involved in this accident involving two Sterling neighbors”
Delgaudio quotes Gordley’s mother who, in strange synchrony, uses the same language.
“I just want you to know sir that I forgive you. I understand that this was an accident“
An “accident” is “an unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally,” or “any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause.” The antonyms of accident are “design,” and “intent.” I can’t see how, under the circumstances, anyone can claim an absence of “design,” or “intent” in the pro-gun, my home is my “castle” culture, or in Mr. Wilder’s actions.
Adding insult to the community, the rogue Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to quit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments over the CoG’s endorsement of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s 2013 legislative agenda. The BoS opposes the IACP’s firearms proposals.
I grew up watching old westerns. Back then, shooting a man in the back was a cowardly act subject to prosecution and shame. But today, there seems to be a concerted effort to turn Mr. West’s cowardly shooting behavior into both a heroic “right” and a tragic “accident.” The outcome of such redefinition is, as KathleenVS says, that someone “would be DEAD.”
That outcome is just fine, according to many (anonymous) commenters. These commenters are expressing a blood lust fantasy of killing another person. Do these murderous fantasies unmask the underlying motivations of apologists for gun violence?
dragonslayer225: The house owner was smart to shoot, he had no idea if the kid was armed or not and he wasn’t gonna wait around and find out… Are you gonna sit around and have a good laugh at his “prank”? No, you would take desperate measures to protect your family and yourself. The fact of the matter is that this kid broke into a house and got his comeuppance.
The Shooter: I completely condone the shooters actions. If someone were to break into my house and I was fearing for the safety of my wife and kids, I would’ve done the exact same thing.
justme2: sad to say but the homeowner was right in what he did he was not an alleged intruder he was an intruder at 230 in the morning and he paid the ultimate price
hereandthere: The homeowner heard the break in. The guy was coming up the stairs. The homeowner had called 911 and left the line open. He fired a warning shot and told the person not to come any further. When that didn’t work, he shot him… You have one warning to get the f**** out of my house. If you come at me, you’re going to get shot. Bravo to that homeowner.
ashburnmommy: Sad sad sad. I feel horrible for both the family of the high school student and that of the homeowner. Although I wouldnt use harsh words like “he deserved” to get shot… I personally have a 2 year old son that I’m responsible for so if the same situation happened in my home, I would more than likely react the same.
average_joe: I pray every night that I never have to use my gun in self defense. At the same time you better bet your sweat bippy I would rather shoot someone else than have one of my loved ones harmed.
I am so tired of these people that break the law being pittied after they pay the consequences for their actions.
average_joe: My baseball bat would have made him a drooling vegetable.
BLKMGK: Tell us he was a good kid all you want but where were his “friends” when he got so drunk and stupid? Frankly I feel bad for the homeowner who now has a death on his hands. He did the right thing but I’m sure he will question his actions. He had no way to know what this intruder wanted and he had no way to know he wasn’t hopped up on way worse than alcohol either – he likely felt he had no choice. That he even fired a warning shot shows great restraint. It’s a terrible shame that a life was lost but we could all just as easily be crying for an entire family dead from a home invasion wishing there had been some defense in the home.