Man, I’ve gotta reassess things. It’s becoming apparent that, if I’m involved in a car accident with no other witnesses around, I’m sitting in or as close to the car as possible until somebody comes looking for me. Things are getting a bit too dangerous in the Paranoid States of America.
Dearborn Heights — Police sent a request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday asking for charges to be filed against a resident accused in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Detroit woman Saturday in a case of suspected self-defense gone bad.
Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman, was shot in the head with a shotgun by a resident of a home in the 16000 block of Outer Drive near Warren Avenue early Saturday morning after she is believed to have sought help at the home.
This case has quite a few similarities to that of Jonathan Ferrell who was shot and killed on September 14th in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also involved in a car accident and was shot and killed by a police officer who responded to reports of an attempted break-in.
I know the media portrays us Black people as sometimes vicious thugs, but can you at least wait a second or two to see if it’s really the thug knocking on your door? These two people were someone’s child. Would you not want someone to help your child if they were involved in an accident that late at night?
I guess this is another life lesson I have to remember to teach my daughters. It’s not like I don’t already have enough to burden them with.
[Update: 11/07/2013 9:45pm EST]
From the Detroit Free Press:
Early today, Dearborn Heights police disputed early statements by the family that McBride was shot in the back of the head as she turned to leave the porch. Police said the homeowner told investigators his shotgun accidentally discharged, hitting Renisha McBride in the face as she stood on his porch.
“This man’s claiming – believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally,” Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective, said.
“This girl was not shot in the back of the head while leaving the porch,” Serwatowski said “I don’t know where the family is getting this. She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth.”
You don’t accidentally discharge a gun without first having to put your finger on the trigger. In my rather extensive firearm training history, there have been three primary rules that I have been taught when handling firearms.
- Treat every gun you handle as though it is loaded and chambered.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Do not point the gun at anything you do not wish to destroy.
If nothing else, this story goes to show that there needs to be some serious consideration of training requirements for gun owners. Even if it is not mandatory, I don’t understand how someone could desire to own something that’s potentially deadly for themselves and their family and not have a desire to be trained how to properly handle and take care of it. Given how Guns and Ammo fired their editor for the backlash they received after he wrote an editorial that supported firearm safety regulations, I seriously doubt we will ever see the day when safety in handling firearms will ever get discussed sensibly in this country. That’s too bad as we have far too many senseless deaths due to firearms here.
- Detroit Woman Shot To Death After Seeking Help For A Car Accident (clutchmagonline.com)
- Black Detroit woman shot to death while seeking help after car crash in white neighborhood (rawstory.com)
- Jonathan Ferrell Goes to Police for Help, Gets Killed (everyjoe.com)
- Decision soon on release of dash cam video in Ferrell shooting (charlotte.news14.com)