Saturday, December 29, 2007
John White was a hardworking father, pressed into protecting his family and home by an angry, white lynch mob who showed up at his doorstep bent on vengeance regarding a hoax that one of their own friends set up against Mr. White's son Aaron. Lynch mob leader Daniel Cicciaro was killed when Mr. White's gun off (accidentally according to Mr. White) after he went outside to confront the angry teens who used racial epithets in calling out White's son. And for this "crime" (instead of self-defense) Mr. White was recently convicted of manslaughter while the teens who started this whole mess, trespassed on White's home and threatened him and his family, were never charged with anything.
Pending an appeal (which in part, depends on the fact that two jurors were pressured by the judge in the case to come up with a verdict), Mr. White faces 5 to 15 years for the 2nd-degree manslaughter conviction. And my question is: if the roles had been reversed and was about a white man who shot a black teenager who was part of an angry mob that showed up on his doorsteps, would he have been convicted of any crime? Much less received support from all the NRA-loving, right-to-bear-arms gun nuts who consistently advocate for their gun rights supposedly protected by the 2nd Amendment?
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