I have tried mightily to withold editorializing, feeling that all the facts were not in yet. Surely this is/was a case of the liberal media with an anti-gun bias sensationalizing a possibly justified shooting by a CHL holder. Meanwhile, I wanted to scream "You dickweed! You dumbshit! You box of rocks assclown!"
I thought on this all day. I brooded on it. I read other's thoughts. I slept on it. I considered the perspective of a respected police officer who said "Ahh the Brotherhood of the CCW Badge closes ranks to protect one of their own.... Where is the rush to judgment we usually see when a police shooting is reported? Where are the blanket condemnations?...." Yes, food for thought. If Mallot had been an officer of the law, citizens such as myself would be sharpening our pitchforks. Because he is a private citizen with a CHL, many want to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Then I read:
"Prosecutors at a probable cause hearing said Garrett Mallot first pulled a knife, then a .357-caliber Magnum pistol during the dispute with Otis James Francis, 31, as the two rode a Metro bus in the 11700 block of Westheimer around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday."The reputed knife was finally entered into the record. It's ownership was not disputed by the defense. Somehow I had silently hoped the reported facts were wrong, and that the deceased had pulled a knife. It now appears the CHL holder first pulled a knife, and then his gun. Right or wrong, I think I can finally take a position.
Dickweed! Assclown! Box of rocks dumbshit! You jeopardize my rights and those of every other CHL holder by carrying a deadly weapon you are not trained to use, and not prepared to use! You take out a deadly weapon to threaten a man with because you don't like what he is saying, realize you do not have the wherewithal to use it, and then abandon it for your gun? Did you think your knife was a non-lethal weapon? Did you think pulling it would de-escalate the confrontation? Did you ever stop to think that knife fighting might take a bit more technique than pulling a trigger? Did you suddenly realize this and lose the stomach for it, or did you just never train with the weapon you chose to carry? Perhaps you carried it to trim your nails with. Did you attempt to avoid this incident at all? It's what you have in your head that makes the difference Bubba, not what you have in your pocket.
As gun owners, we must not suffer the fate of Lady Macbeth, envisioning innocent blood on our hands. This death belongs to Garrett Mallot.