Hmmm. And I just wrote a post about guns and the American rage culture. Here we go again, a case where two people would have a public argument over something as trivial as being annoying, hell, maybe even end up in a fistfight, end up with a gun drawn and fired as a problem-solving measure.
Randall White, 49, was in line waiting for his pizza on Sunday when he began complaining that he wasn’t being served fast enough. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 52-year-old Michael Jock was also in line and scolded White for whining.
The two began arguing and it eventually “became a shoving match,” police spokesperson Mike Puetz said.
After White allegedly raised his fist, Jock pulled out a .38 Taurus Ultralight Special Revolver and fired a shot into the man’s torso. A second shot also hit White in the torso. One round became lodged in the restaurant wall.
What’s even worse is that this occurred in the state of Florida, with its Stand Your Ground law, making it open season to claim that you “felt threatened” — and that’s all it takes…
When police arrived, Jock told them that the shooting had been justified under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which says that gun owners do not have a “duty to retreat.”
“He felt he was in his rights,” Puetz explained. “He brought it up specifically and cited it to the officer.”
White got a bullet for being agitated over Little Caesars’ failure to have his thin-crust vegetable pizza ready in the 10 minutes the restaurant promised.
God Bless America.
BONUS from Florida: Drunk granddad went to schools, asked to bring a gun on campus.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a 61 year old man Monday after he went intoxicated to two schools in Port Charlotte asking if he could bring a gun on school property to protect his grandchildren. Arrested was Stephen Craig Miller…
…The deputy arrested Miller on two counts of Disruption of a School Function for disrupting and interfering with the educational processes and orderly conduct of a school campus due to his intoxicated state, and wanting to bring a firearm onto school property, causing school personnel to leave their normal duties to address the situation.
Miller was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and his vehicle was towed. Miller was booked then released on $1,000 bond.
A description from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office press release:
A call to CCSO at 2 p.m. from Kingsway Elementary, 2330 Quasar Boulevard, said Miller was asking school personnel about bringing a gun on school grounds. School officials said Miller was very intoxicated and caused alarm to them and pulled them away from their normal duties to address the situation. Miller left when told he could not come on campus drunk and he could not bring a gun on school property.
At 2:22 p.m., Miller then went to Port Charlotte Middle, 23000 Midway Boulevard, where he was met by the CCSO School Resource Officer. The SRO said Miller was stumbling around in the parking lot, appeared intoxicated and wanted to know about the safety of his grandchild. He was told he could not come onto school property intoxicated. A road deputy responded and could smell a strong odor of alcohol about Miller who was unsteady on his feet. Miller admitted to have been drinking. He was searched and nothing was found; Miller gave permission to search his car; no weapons were found but there was an unopened can of beer on the front passenger seat.