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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 02:40 PM
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Arrested victim of mass shooting speaks out, explains threat
Source: KGUN9.com

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One of the Tucson shooting victims is speaking out two weeks after a bizarre outburst that landed him not only in jail, but also in psychiatric custody. J. Eric Fuller was arrested after making threatening comments at a town hall meeting a week after the shootings that killed six and wounded 13, including him.

Fuller told KGUN9 he meant no harm when he pointed a camera at a Tea Party activist and said, "you're dead." He said he was trying to make a point about how easy access to guns makes it easy to kill.

"Where Gabrielle Giffords was standing, when I began hearing the gunfire, I turned and looked and there was Jared Loughner, athletically pumping out the rounds, taking aim and firing," Fuller recalled. For him, the memory of the shooting is fresh and sharp. So sharp, it got him into trouble.

He already believed guns are too easy to obtain when he became one of the shooting victims January 8th. A week later he was part of a town hall meeting sponsored by ABC News.

When Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries suggested it was too soon to talk about tighter gun control, Fuller did something that got him arrested. He pointed a camera at Humphries and said, "You're dead." Now, Fuller has apologized for the perceived threat that landed him in hot water with the authorities.



Read more: http://www.kgun9.com/global/story.asp?s=13916090
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:02 PM
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1. I wonder how this would have panned out...
Had Fuller pointed the cell phone camera and said, "Guns are very easy to get. If this was a gun, you'd be dead."
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SlimJimmy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:00 PM
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5. I don't think anything would have happened. He would have
been qualifying the statement. And I think that was the difference between what he did and what you suggested.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:14 PM
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8. The same way actually
police would have taken that as a threat.
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Broderick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:27 PM
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2. Not the best way to prove a point.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:51 PM
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3. It was a dumb thing to do - given the circumstances.
But he DID have a point. I'm betting he could have had a gun as easily as a cellphone. Goddamned death tools - every one of them should be smelted. We have SUCH a sick culture - fascinated with the easy means to end someone's life.



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bossy22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 05:51 PM
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10. Cell phones don't require background checks
though maybe we should start- you could convert one into a remote detonator
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:55 PM
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4. Tin hat time I suppose, but when someone makes a solid argument
about the hazard of easily carried fire arms in public places, he's immediately arrested and portrayed as being insane?
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ManiacJoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:02 PM
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6. Except that is not what happened.
While that may have been his intention, according to the article, in actuality he threatened someone and was arrested for it.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:13 PM
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7. He made a valid point
and this is why we need to have a very adult discussion.

Given the circumstances I am not surprised he was arrested and given a 72 hour hold... but he made a POWERFUL point.

Oh and the time for that discusion was actually at Columbine, but that is another point,
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rtassi Donating Member (486 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:58 PM
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9. agreed!
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