Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tucson shooting victim arrested for threats and intimidation

Via John Cole at Balloon Juice, during a discussion hosted by Christiane Amanpour with people involved in the Tucson shootings, one of the shooting victims was arrested for threats and intimidation against the founder of the Tucson Tea Party.
The theme of the event was "An American Conversation Continued" --  the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman's brutal rampage had interrupted.  So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics.   It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic:  gun control.
That's where the atmosphere turned tense.   When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, "You're dead."
When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her.  One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller.   Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.
The event wrapped up a short time later.  Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room.  As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large.  Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, "You're all whores!"
I'd probably be a bit of a loose cannon if I'd recently been shot, but this kind of thing obviously doesn't help anybody.  I hope Fuller is able to get some high-quality counselling to help him get through his very understandable rage.

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