Good morning dear reader(s)!
A few days ago a man was shot and killed in Northwest Reno. The shooter has claimed self-defense. No charges have been filed. The local news media has not even questioned the shooter's story, or his actions. This is another example of why more and more people are discarding them as an objective source of information.
Below is a copy of a letter that I sent to some local news media outlets. I am certain it won't be printed.
Brandon LeBlanc, a part-time Sparks resident, is dead. It appears District Attorney Gammick will not prosecute.
The killer claims he was acting in self-defense. Was he?
Scenario 1: You and your friends are out late at night. You see a man acting in no official capacity approach your vehicle. You do not know his intent, but he is coming at you. You are armed.
Scenario 2: You and your friends are out late at night. Two Reno Police cars approach your vehicle. Within seconds there are blue and red lights flashing and spotlights in your face. Officers are telling you in no uncertain terms to put your hands out of the window and slowly exit the vehicle. You are armed.
In Scenario 2, Brandon LeBlanc is most likely alive and in jail.
But the killer took the law into his own hands by grabbing his gun and going out to confront a "suspicious vehicle" full of teenagers who, up to that point, were guilty of the henious acts of loitering and driving up the street one too many times.
He didn't call police and watch from the safety of his living room as the police were allowed to do their job.
He claims they tried to rob him. Maybe he is telling the truth. But rather than put himself in that position, why not call the police? Where was the immediate threat that caused him, alone, to confront a "suspicious vehicle" full of teenagers? It is clear this man was looking for a fight.
I believe in the right of self-defense. This isn't a case of it. But hey, one more lifetime Gammick voter, and one less punk kid, right?
As you can see by the letter above, I am not a huge fan of the Wild West law Dick Gammick has created here. If this crime is allowed to go unprosecuted, it essentially gives the right for homeowners to have armed confrontations with anyone they feel doesn't belong in their neighborhood.
"Uh-oh Marge, the black family's friends are over again, and some of them might be under 30 too. Obviously a threat. Better grab the gun and let them know they shouldn't wait out in their car like that. I hope they try something so I get to kill 'em."
Well dear reader(s), that is all I have for you today.
So until next time, stay the hell off my street, or I'll kill you, and I'll get away with it.