Between record breaking box sales, buying a new home, dealing with pool contractors and concrete people, I’ve been tied up. But something crossed my desk this morning I couldn’t pass up and I had to bless my devoted fans, readers and disciples with a bit of wisdom on the topic.
Over on the South side of our sister city of St Louis, one suspect is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly holding a gun to a teen’s head.
At about 11pm Monday, a 17 year old girl leaves her home, headed out to get something from her car. Two unknown men grabed her, pointed a gun to her head and demanded that she take them inside her home.
Her dad was inside the house, saw what was taking place, got his own gun and waited for them to get closer.
“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do,” he said.
Asked how he had the confidence to pull the trigger when the man was holding his daughter that way, he said, “It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
The end result? He shot and killed Terrell Johnson, 31, and did he best to take down the second suspect, Cortez McClinton, who the father says was wearing a mask.
In an act of class and grace, the father said he was sorry for what the families of the two suspects are going through, but he had no choice.
“My condolences goes out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he said.
Terrell Johnson, the dead man, served a sixteen year sentence for first degree robbery.
Cortez McClinton was charged with first degree murder in the 2010 but the charges were dropped when the witnesses wouldn’t cooperate. You know, snitches get stiches, it’s more important to dirt balls to not testify than it is to protect their own neighborhood.
I made the comment earlier today, I don’t mean to go all Rambo on anyone, but this is EXACTLY how these problems should be solved. It doesn’t take nearly as much police effort, the court system isn’t jacked up with 47 pretrial hearings, there are no endless appeals for these animals, it’s all taken care of nice and neat.
Kudos to the dad!
If more of these dirt balls thought someone in the house already had a gun trained on their little punkin heads and was ready to pull the trigger, a lot less of this sort of thing would take place.
Gun control isn’t the answer, peeps, bad guy control is!
I made that comment on Facebook this morning and one of my friends replied that it’s not likely a deterrent to the pathological criminal, and he’s right. But while he is correct on that point, I can assure you of one thing; Terrell Johnson’s crime spree came to an end last night. He will not reoffend.
And when you stop to think about it, isn’t that the goal?
We’re never going to control guns. It shouldn’t even be our goal, that’s not where the problem lies; bad guys will always get them.
Given the choice, I’ll hang onto my gun and try and control the bad guy.