UPDATE: Belay my last.
Apparently the original story was changed because the Senator was NOT anti-gun, but was NRA-A rated and endorsed. I did a a little google research before posting but I found enough references to him being anti-gun that I bit on that and didn’t stumble across (or remember) the subsequent findings that the anti-gun accusation was false.
Regardless of whether he was anti-gun and therefore a hypocrite, or pro-gun and not…if he improperly used his gun and the shooting was not in self-defense, I hope he is punished to the full extent of the law.
Gun ownership (along with many other freedoms) comes with a large responsibility and those who don’t live up to that responsibility must be held to account.
Thanks to SayUncle (in comments) for pointing me to Sebastian’s post and setting me to rights.
Remember the story from last August about a long-time anti-gun Democrat Senator from North Carolina who “defended himself” with a gun? the story has since been scrubbed of all references to his anti-gun record for some reason, but here we find the original text of the article:
Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outsideTabor City, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.
Via an e-mail from a friend, which pointed to this column today, we find that:
Thursday, a Columbus County grand jury found probable cause to seek an indictment against Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
In late August, Soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn outside the Senator’s home in Tabor City.
Blackburn was a client of Soles’ law firm. Soles told police he shot Blackburn in self-defense, saying that Blackburn was trying to break into his home. Blackburn told us he was leaving the property when he was shot.
Granted, an indictment is not a conviction, but it don’t look good for the good Senator.
Which returns us to the age old question: Why are anti-gunners so violent?