Eric Fuller, one of the shooting victims last week, who when we last checked was on the receiving end of a five minute hate fest from the wingnuts, lost his shit at an event and was arrested for making threats:
The theme of the event was “An American Conversation Continued” — the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman’s brutal rampage had interrupted. So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics. It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic: gun control.
That’s where the atmosphere turned tense. When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”
When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her. One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller. Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.
The event wrapped up a short time later. Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room. As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large. Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”
Couple of thoughts:
1.) Clearly Fuller is not in a good place right now mentally. I’m not sure how I would be, either, to be honest, if I had just watched a bunch of people murdered and had been shot twice. They guy needs some serious help, and I think he might have a pretty good legal defense for his behavior.
2.) What on earth were these media folks thinking letting this turn into a political discussion? Talk about bad judgment.
3.) I’d re-state that I think it is important for everyone to tone down the talk, and that these sorts of threats and intimidation are really toxic and create a horrible environment, but every time someone says something like that they are accused of blood libel. Regardless, everyone needs to take it down a notch.