I saw a white man with a gun.
I heard a policeman saying, “Place the weapon down on the ground, please. … are crossing the street illegally … I need you to put the gun down before I talk to you. … You have committed a crime … you are jaywalking. … I don’t want to shoot you, I’m not here to do that. … Why are you so angry. … Why are you cursing at me?”
Or they were leaning on a toy gun in Walmart. Like John Crawford III.
I wanted to find out what happened to this white man who defied police, made obscene gestures at them and who cursed them out.
The man, Joseph Houseman, is a gun rights advocate. He got his 15 minutes (more like 40 or 50) of fame and walked.
In the Department of Public Safety’s decision not to pursue charges, Webster said later that even though Houseman did not have the rifle in a sling and was “fidgeting” with it, it was not evident that he was “brandishing” it.
This news got covered as a “gun rights” story.From my perspective it’s a “white rights” story.
Does anyone honestly believe a black man, or teen, or boy would have walked away from this alive?