The state of Oregon is often associated with Portland, one of its most populous cities, which happens to be über liberal. In reality, rural Oregon is loaded with NRA-friendly gun nuts who like to solve their problems with the most extreme violence possible.
One such man in Newport, a blue-collar fishing town with a particularly unhealthy gun obsession, decided the best way to deal with what he considered “loud babies” at a child’s birthday party was with his prized AK-47, according to The Oregonian.
The alleged shooter, Franklin L. Tomes, unloaded twelve rounds of ammunition to combat the noise disturbance. He hit two men in the process but thankfully, no children.
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Both men are expected to survive, though one might lose his foot, according to a report on Portland’s KPTV.
After raining hellfire down on the children’s birthday party, Tomes returned to his apartment where he proceeded to engage in a five-hour standoff with police. Eventually, law enforcement peacefully coerced him out of his apartment.
It probably goes without saying that Tomes is white, and as is the case with all gun-wielding white men, he got the special treatment not afforded to black men with toys.
Tomes is in jail on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering. Only time will tell whether this man is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, or if he’ll use some NRA-style acrobatics to lean on the second amendment and lessen his sentence.
This madness needs to end.