Reader, blogger, podcaster, and general provocateur Sean Sorrentino commented on my previous post concerning Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, the armed citizen who was charged recently for shooting at a fleeing shoplifting suspect at a Detroit-area Home Depot.
Sorrentino makes some very good points here, including that Duva-Rodriguez has only been CHARGED not convicted, and wondering why gun people are so quick to throw her “under the bus.”
Since not everyone looks at the comments, I am re-posting what he wrote here for everyone’s benefit:
Why is everyone so up in arms about this? People are acting like it’s the crime of the century. Does she even get a trial before she gets tossed under the bus? Do we gun owners actually believe that if we burn this woman at the stake, that gun haters will magically have a “come to John Moses Browning moment” and suddenly say “Oh, we were wrong about you gun owners and gun carriers. You aren’t total retard rednecks with tiny penises and Charles Bronson fantasies. You’re actually reasonable people just like us, who have simply come to a different conclusion about guns as personal defense items!” Get off it. They hate because that’s who they are. They won’t love gun owners because hating us is one of their defining characteristics.
Let the woman have a fair trial, unencumbered by thousands of gun owners screaming “NO TRUE SCOTSMAN!!!” and “BURN THE WITCH!”
The facts of the case as we know them are, 1. She shot her gun. 2. She hit her target. 3. No one got hurt in any way. That’s all we really know.
Things we don’t know. 1. Was she, or anyone else directly threatened by the fleeing felons? 2. Does Michigan’s “fleeing felon” law apply in her case? She used deadly force, but in a decidedly non-deadly fashion. She isn’t claiming to have been shooting at the tires. She actually hit the tire of the fleeing vehicle. It’s not a mere claim (should she claim to have been shooting at the tire) it’s an actual, provable fact.
This does not make her actions, as described by law enforcement, actions that others should emulate. She took a risk that I would have deemed unnecessary. But lacking all the information, I can’t pass judgement on her. More to the point, neither can anyone else. That’s why we have trials. And even taking all the information as true, putting her in the worst light possible, this is hardly the crime of the century. She’s only charged with a 93 day misdemeanor, which is basically the lowest class of misdemeanor in Michigan. This is equivalent to a class 2 or 3 misdemeanor in NC. Even if she is found guilty of it she’s going to get a fine, a strong admonishment never to repeat her actions, and maybe some community service.
Why are we spilling so many barrels of pixels over this incredibly minor (possible) offense? Are gun carrying citizens such a hated minority that our every transgression, no matter how tiny, warrants national news coverage?
Some very good legal and sociological observations here. I have to plead guilty to getting caught up in the media hype, even when trying to critically engage the media.
On the surface, it appears she did something wrong, but I am beginning to think that we’ll never know the whole story. Charged with a misdemeanor, I doubt there will be any trial or court proceedings to speak of. Perhaps she’ll do some interviews after it is adjudicated, though what we will learn from those is anyone’s guess.