A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Knife

The deadly case of Mallot vs Francis in Houston, Texas. An argument occurs in a bus between a CHL holder and another citizen. The result is a dead citizen and a CHL holder charged with murder.

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.

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Blogger Jay said...

We had a CPL/CCW holder here in Michigan two weeks ago who shot her gun multiple times at some guy because he was tailgating. She shot at him while they were going down a major (and crowded - both with cars and with houses) expressway at 70 MPH.

Then she told local reporters that she didn't regret it (or the charges against her) because he deserved it.

Of course, this is the only kind of CPL/CCW holder our local media recognizes - the irresponsible, hateful, remorseless, out-to-kill-everyone CPL/CCW holder - and there is a tremendous political swell to disban CCWs.

Fortunately, not one shot hit him, or else we would have already seen all CPL/CCW priveleges revoked.

Thanks to all the, as you elegantly and appropriately put it, ass clowns for your irresponsible and felonious actions that provides fodder to the anti-self defense crowd.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...

"An armed society is a polite society."

This works when MOST people are armed. As long as CCW holders are the minority then it's a sure bet that a few will get Only Ones Syndrome.

That is what happened in the case you posted about. This guy felt he had the power to make someone shut up because he had the gun.

The fact is that this guy committed a crime. The fact is that he probably would have been carrying knife and gun even if he lived in NYC or DC.

The system works a little bit. This guy committed a crime and now he will go to jail for it. Unlike the scum who live a life of crime this guy will probably never see freedom again.

The gun haters have their pound of flesh. We are not Only Ones and we won't stand behind someone who is in the wrong.

Can Mayor Bloomberg say the same? No, he can't.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Sterno said...

His licence gave him the authority to legally carry a handgun concealed on his person. That's it!

CCW holder or not, cop or not, friend or not - criminals are criminals. Just because he had a CHP doesn't give him (or anyone else) the right to shoot someone in cold blood.

This guy is just a jackass who shot someone on a bus because he didn't like him. If he didn't have a CHP, we'd have never heard the story.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Gandalin said...

"As gun owners, it looks like we have innocent blood on our hands."

No, "we" sure don't.

Garrett Mallot does.

"We" don't bear collective guilt because of the crimes for which he alone is responsible.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Exactly what my wife (and proof-reader) said Gandalin.

Perhaps I should change the wording.


10:08 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

CHL holders are far less likely to commit criminal acts.

However, that likelihood is not zero.

This guy was an asshole, but an asshole with no prior record - thus in a "shall-issue" state, he gets a permit if he applies for one. Getting a permit does not make one a better person.

I refuse to accept responsibility for the actions of others. So should you.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Gandalin said...


Yes, I like the tag line better.

All CCW permittees are not responsible for one fool's crimes.

Nor is the Sheriff who issued his permit; in a "shall issue" State, if the applicant meets the requirements set by the Legislature, the Sheriff has no leeway.

But you are right, that one fool's crimes will reflect badly on all CCW permittees, and will be used by the hoplophiboic statists in their never-ending struggle to deny us our God-given (and Constitutionally recognized) right to defend ourselves.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Mallot pulled a knife, it's a shame francis did not pull a gun and shoot him. That would have saved a lot of trouble.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a ccw holder you bear the responsibility of defusing a situation, and only pulling your weapon as a LAST resort.

Guys like this make us look bad.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

I'm a little confused, the newspaper story (which I read firsthand, I live here in Houston) said that Mallot pulled the knife and the gun. But a sherrif's deputy I know says that it was the deceased that pulled the knife. perhaps he is wrong. I don't know.

Here is what I do know. the shooter gets on the bus. the deceased is standing in the doorway blocking the aisle. The shooter brushes past him to get on the bus bumping the deceased's elbow in the process. the deceased starts verbally assaulting the shooter and threatening to kick his ass.

Here is where the speculation comes in. If I were in that guy's position, I'd be certainly concerned that he may very well decide to kick my ass, or worse. Now, you are all correct that the shooter had a duty to try to defuse the situation. Maybe he tried, maybe he didn't. We really need more information at this point. But I would not out of hand condemn the guy at this stage, he certainly would appear to have an argument that the guy was at least verbally belligerent and threatening bodily harm. If the guy was standing at your front door doing the same to you would you not be thinking that you may need to kill the guy?

Let's let the judicial system sort this a bit more before we jump to the conclusion shall we?

8:54 AM  

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