The NRA is incessantly droning on about good guys with guns protecting us from bad guys with guns but even more importantly that everyone needs a gun to protect themselves from bad guys with guns. They are happy to provide guns to either side so longs as the blood continues to flow because blood equates fear and fear makes sales. In this case however, the bad guys with guns were New Jersey State Troopers.
Gerald Sykes was at home with his wife when he heard someone beating on his back door which is facing the woods. He grabbed his shotgun as any gun owner would and as he came to see what the ruckus was about, two New Jersey State Troopers shot him 3 times. The good guys with the guns shot the other good guy with a gun. How do you explain that Mr. LaPierre?
The New York Daily News reported:
The confusion started around 11:30 p.m. Friday with a 911 call from a cellphone near the home on Centerton Road in Cumberland County, authorities said.
The caller hung up before providing a precise location, and police later determined the call had not in fact come from the home where Gerald Sykes lives with his 80-year-old wife.
They were at the wrong address.
The Troopers who are in a life and death struggle on a daily basis didn’t account for anyone who might be interested in protecting their property under the 2nd amendment. It turns out that the Troopers were at the wrong house entirely. Jordan Klepper from the Daily Show went into some detail about what happens when the police see anyone carrying a gun and the results are as predictable as the NRA rhetoric every time another mass shooting occurs.
After shooting Mr. Sykes twice in the chest and once in the groin, the Troopers broke into his home and handcuffed him until the life-flight helicopter could get him to a trauma center because 76-year-old men who are shot in the chest and groin The Troopers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries and released. Mr. Sykes is in critical condition. Both Troopers are on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
The NRA advocates are constantly saying that they are protecting themselves from criminals but the truth is that most of the 30,000 deaths per year by gun are not citizens protecting their family from armed intruders. That rarely happens. With the daily militarization of Police Departments across the nation, police are being trained more and more to shoot first and ask questions later and that is something that should trouble anyone who has a grandfather like Gerrold Sykes whose right to live in his own house without state agents banging on his door in the wee hours of the night and then shooting him because they show up at the wrong address!