Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Assistant Quote of the Day
"He fired a warning shot and then when the car was accelerated to go in reverse he perceived it differently. He’s an elderly man, he perceived the car going towards his house, towards him."
-- A lawyer for 69-year-old Georgia man Phillip Sailors, who shot and killed a Hispanic guy who had accidentally pulled into his driveway, supposedly because he thought the guy's car was trying to ram him when it in fact was backing up
Apparently, a GPS mistake had led the victim, 22-year-old Rodrigo Diaz, along with his girlfriend and two other friends, into Sailors's driveway. Witnesses say Diaz recognized that something was wrong, but Sailors had already rushed out of the house carrying a gun and screaming, "Get off my property!" (Please take a moment to revel in the almost perfect old-white-guy stereotype.) Diaz reportedly rolled down the window to apologize as he was backing up and that's when he was shot. Sailors is now charged with murder.
You know, this should go without saying, but if you're too goddamn old to be able to tell which direction a car is going I think it's safe to say you're too goddamn old to be allowed to own a gun.
What do you want to bet that in the moments before Diaz's ill-fated turn into Sailors's driveway, Sailors was sitting in front of his TV doing what he does for hours each day: watching Fox News? Maybe this is how the network will continue to lose viewers. They won't just die off -- they'll be arrested for angrily, frighteningly reacting with deadly force to every little perceived threat.