Monday, August 08, 2005

What is wrong with people here?

A truly disgusting episode happened recently in Floyd County, Kentucky.

A man shot another man in a dispute over the war in Iraq. Original story here.
It happened at Floyd County flea market on Thursday, when two friends, who were firearms vendors there, drew guns after quarreling about the war. Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, who backs the war, shot and killed Harold Wayne Smith, 56, of Manchester, who opposed it, according to investigators.

Moore was released without being charged after he convinced police he had acted in self-defense. A grand jury may yet hear evidence in the case.

Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner said the episode might mark the first death in the U.S. due to a dispute over the war.

One witness, Sam Hamman of Prestonsburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "Harold was talking about the 14 people that were killed in Iraq the other day and Doug said that just as many people were killed on the highways here.”

This quickly escalated into an argument, then to a scuffle, and finally both men drew pistols outside a snack shed. The dead man was apparently just a little slower in firing. Witnesses said he stood for about five seconds before toppling on the walkway.

In a telephone interview with the Lexington paper yesterday, Moore said police had told him not to discuss his feelings about the Iraq war.
I had two thoughts on the matter. One, This is no reason for someone to lose their life. People disagree on the war, but that doesn't mean we need to be at war with ourselves. Two, this is the reason that my bumper stickers are put on with magnetic backing... (that and to protect resale value)

Far right wing idiots, however, see this differently. A troll in the OT forum at NewsHounds titled a thread "One less democrat."

And I won't give this gun-nut the privelage of a link (I am myself a hunter, but consider carrying guns for protection to be something that makes you and others less safe). calls this event a triumph for self protection, and calls the flea market salesman an "anti war activist." So arguing over politics at a flea market makes you an activist? Right. Whatever.

by Robster @ 8/08/2005 08:24:00 AM PERMALink