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If this paranoid man was not holding a gun in his hand, an innocent man who just wanted to go iceskating would be alive tonight:

A 69-year-old war veteran and former missionary was arrested over the weekend on the suspicion of killing a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant who mistakenly arrived in his driveway because of faulty GPS directions.

Gwinnett County jail records obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution indicated that Phillip Walker Sailors was charged on Sunday with the murder of Rodrigo Abad Diaz.

Friends who were in the car with Diaz told WSB-TV that they were trying to pick up a friend on the way to ice skating on Saturday but their GPS directed them to the wrong address. The friends said that they waited in the driveway for a few minutes before Sailors emerged from the house and fired a gun into the air.

Firing the gun into the air, though, wasn't enough for Sailors:
“He didn’t talk to them, he just started shooting,” Cardenas explained. “The first shot was in the air.”

At that point, Diaz tried to turn the car around to leave, but Sailors fired another shot, striking the immigrant on the left side of the head. The group, which included a 15 and an 18 year old, said that Sailors held them at gunpoint until police arrived.

The arrest warrant suggested that Sailors had shot Diaz with a .22 caliber pistol. He was charged with malice murder.

Folks, human beings are animals, highly-evolved animals, yes, but still animals. Most of us should never have access to a killing machine that can play on our worst fears and paranoia, and facilitate the transformation of a bad decision into a horrific tragedy.

In this story, it was not a man that killed another man, it was a gun that killed an innocent man.

Originally posted to james321 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:35 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  That makes no sense: (6+ / 0-)
    In this story, it was not a man that killed another man, it was a gun that killed an innocent man.
    It really sounds like you're saying that the gun should be punished and the man should go scot-free.

    The gun by itself would have gathered dust in his closet had he not picked it up and used it. He bears the ultimate responsibility. He should go to jail.

    The only logical argument you have here is that the gun more readily enabled the killing... but that still doesn't change the fact that the intent behind the killing came from Sailors.

    Blaming the gun takes responsibility away from the person. Don't let the person get away with that.

  •  I saw this news report and was perplexed (0+ / 0-)

    this happened near Atlanta? And they were going ice skating? That seems odd.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:51:27 AM PST

  •  Poor kids. (3+ / 0-)
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    james321, tytalus, Oh Mary Oh

    Another thing that people ought to think about with gun ownership is aging.  We talk about how people eventually get too old to drive safely. Can they get too old to carry/own a weapon safely? The 60s are the decade of life when dementia can start to subtly take hold in people who are prone.  We want to believe that we'll always behave rationally right up to the end, but how many of us really do?

    Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

    by kismet on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:55:40 AM PST

    •  You're going to have change gun ownership (2+ / 0-)
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      DFWmom, BlackSheep1

      from a constitutional right to a privilege if you want to put restrictions of age on it.

      While it's clear that at least  some forms gun control meet constitutional muster, it's doubtful that denying a protected right because of age would do so.

      Look, I tried to be reasonable...

      by campionrules on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:38:38 AM PST

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    •  Interesting question (1+ / 0-)
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      Do we have statistical evidence that more gun violence is committed by aging gun owners?   I am open to the idea, but would like to see the numbers.

      I still haven't seen the statistical evidence that the last assault weapons ban reduced gun violence.   Again, I am open to the idea, but would like to see the numbers.

      People's hearts are in the right places, but the scientific method has been conspicuous by it's absence in these debates.

      Often what seems to make sense --   doesn't.

      I am reminded of the police officer who stopped on a frigid night and bought shoes for a homeless man on the street.

      It turned out he wasn't homeless, and he didn't like shoes.  When he was seen a few weeks later, the shoes were gone again.   We all have good intentions, and I grant you that, but unless you have facts, too, intentions don't always translate into results.

      In most situations where we see a gun tragedy, we also see untreated mental illness and alcohol addiction.    If you treat the mental illness or alcohol addiction, you solve many problems at once.  If you eliminate one gun, then they are still suffering, and they use a different gun, or a knife, or some other method and innocent people still get hurt.

  •  I saw a gun out walking down the street (2+ / 0-)
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    DFWmom, BlackSheep1

    the other day.

    No owner, no holster to call home........ poor little thing all alone, begging for ammo.

    See, guns shoot people without people ever picking them up or being near them. They just shoot people.

    People NEVER kill other people.

    Just a bunch of disembodied guns floating magically in the air shooting only innocent people.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:43:22 AM PST

  •  The guy was shot by a paranoid nutbag (4+ / 0-)

    The paranoid nutbag killed him with a gun.

    it was a cooperative effort.

    Without the paranoid nutjob, the gun - actually - would have just laid on the ground.

    I know that's difficult for some to accept.

    I'm here for you.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:48:23 AM PST

  •  I think (4+ / 0-)

    the writer is saying that if Mr. Sailor did not have a gun nobody would be dead.  The access to guns causes people to kill because it is real easy and real fast.  

    I'm sure everyone knew he was a responsible gun owner.  Until he murdered somebody

  •  People Kill People. (1+ / 0-)
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    100% of murders are by people.

    What happens is, People Kill People ... With Guns,

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:38:37 AM PST

    •  Sorta (2+ / 0-)
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      codairem, Calamity Jean

      Some murders are by corporations.  Which are people in the sense that they get to do things like sue innocent homeowners and steal their property, spend money on political bribes, and the like.  But they are not people when they commit crimes, because you can't exactly put a corporate charter in prison.  And of course the people who act on orders of the corporation are immune as well, since they either were just following orders (that originated from nobody in particular) or are too important to jail because their corporations need them.

      "And the President of the United States - would be seated right here. I would be here. And he would be here. I would turn - and there he’d be. I could pet ‘im." - Lewis Black

      by libdevil on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:57:03 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

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