A shooting in Georgia has made international headlines that you have probably already heard about by this point. There’s even a cell phone video of the incident. In that video, two men in a pickup truck are in an altercation with a third man, and that third man ends up being shot to death.
The “hands up don’t shoot” media are claiming that this is a cut and dried, racially motivated homicide by Trump-supporting rednecks. The narrative is that two white racists gunned down an innocent black man who was out for his daily jog. Not so fast.
I know, it’s difficult to believe that the mainstream media that brought us such dazzling coverage of the Trayvon Martin homicide would try to bamboozle the American people to try to take away our gun rights. But unlike the Trayvon Martin case, we have a lot of preliminary evidence in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. And there’s a lot more to this story than just the race of the man who was shot to death and the race of the person who pulled the trigger.
Here’s a news story that shows the cellphone video of the Arbery shooting incident:
Never mind the news story or the commentary around it. Simply try to assess what happened without emotion. The story does look shocking when you watch it through the lens of all the race-baiting hysteria. But just look at what happened in the actual shooting.
Then, please explain to the rest of us exactly what laws were broken by the father and son who have now been charged with “murder” in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery? More specifically, what laws in the State of Georgia were violated here?
Open carry is legal in Georgia.
Citizen’s arrests are legal in Georgia.
If a person physically attacks you in Georgia, it is legal to use a firearm in self-defense.
This incident happened back in February and there is a ton of forensic and police evidentiary work that has already been released to the public. One of the pieces of evidence that is out there are the 9-1-1 calls that led up to this incident.
We also know that Ahmaud Arbery has an extensive criminal history – although we don’t know all the details of that yet. Prosecutors who initially declined to charge the gun-carrying father and son say that Arbery has an aggressive history of violent criminal offenses and mental health issues.
The media is up to its old tricks once again in this case. They keep showing smiling yearbook photos of Ahmaud Arbery when he was younger. They’re not showing you his mugshots from his prior arrests for some reason.
If you watch the video again, you’ll also notice that Arbery doesn’t behave like a normal person when he sees two men with firearms trying to stop him. He makes a 90-degree sharp turn to the left and charges a man holding a shotgun who has ordered him to stop.
According to the autopsy report, the first shot fired was a result of Arbery grabbing the barrel of the shotgun and pulling on it, which resulted in the trigger being pulled. Arbery was shot in the hand because he caused an inadvertent trigger pull. Arbery then starts throwing punches and the fatal shot is fired off-camera.
In other words, this is not a homicide. Maybe manslaughter or aggravated assault or some lesser charge, but it was not a murder.
In one of the 9-1-1 calls that was placed, the caller stated that Ahmaud Arbery had broken into a construction site where a neighborhood home was being built. The caller said that this is “an ongoing situation” with this individual – meaning Arbery was constantly trespassing on that site and possibly stealing things.
That break-in was the reason why the father and son were chasing Arbery to try to arrest him. It’s also why a third person was following behind and recording Arbery on a cell phone, as Arbery was running away from yet another crime that he had committed in the neighborhood.
The father and son who attempted a citizen’s arrest on Arbery were doing so as the police were rushing to the area to attempt to catch Arbery. This was not a case of a bunch of Georgia rednecks “hunting an innocent black man” as the media is portraying it. This is another case that is going to be used to smear gun-owning Americans.
Just keep these facts in mind as the story consumes the nation over the next few weeks or months. The father and son who have been charged with murder did not break any Georgia gun laws. And the “victim” is not the saint being portrayed by his smiling yearbook photos.