Ross: Another defendant assumes his authority comes from his gun

Nov 18, 2021, 5:59 AM | Updated: 9:27 am
Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand during the trial of he, his father, and neighbor in the Glynn County Courthouse on Nov. 17, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are charged with the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)
(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)

I watched yesterday’s testimony in the Ahmaud Arbery case. And I realized – here it is again. Another defendant who assumes his authority comes from his gun.

Travis McMichael, the man who shot and killed Arbery, testified on the stand that he had seen – on the neighborhood Facebook page – video of Arbery roaming an under-construction home in the neighborhood. He assumed – incorrectly – that the guy was a burglar.

So when he heard that the man in that video had just been seen jogging by, what did he do?

“I went to my room and the first firearm that I had that was easily accessible — because I had my son that week, my pistols were in the safe and everything — was my shotgun.”

And he and his dad got into a truck, and pulled up beside Arbery:

“I come up to him, pull up alongside of him. That moment, I recognize it is him. I asked him, said, ‘hey, what are you doing? What’s going on?’ … I’m coasting, I’m staying with him, he’s right there at my door.”

So he pulls his truck alongside Arbery and starts asking him questions.

“Just, ‘hey, what’s going on?’ ‘Hey, stop, man, I want to talk to you,'” McMichael replied when asked what he said to Arbery. “I want to talk to you is actually what I said first. … At this point, he’s still running. But I noticed that he looks very angry, mad. It wasn’t what I expected.”

Hmmm. Could it be that Arbery might be a little ticked off about being interrogated though the window of a moving truck that pulls up beside him? We’ll never know.

What we do know is that – like Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha — McMichael expected his gun to instill obedience. Instead, it instilled outrage – and Arbery tried to take it.

“I knew that I was losing this,” McMichael said.

So just like Rittenhouse, McMichael ended up using the gun … to protect the gun.

There are times when armed citizens have stopped criminals. And I salute those people.

But the reason we have uniformed cops is so us non-criminals can tell who’s there to help you and who’s there just to shoot you. We’re taught to obey the uniform.

Which is why it’s so important to kick out BAD cops — because if we can’t trust the cops, our neighborhoods are going to be patrolled by the Rittenhouses and the McMichaels.

And at that point, there’s only one law: Obey the gun.

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Ross: Another defendant assumes his authority comes from his gun