Let me start off by pointing out this is probably the most dangerous time of year in the area. All of the following dangers increase greatly: the road, general stupidity, and criminality.
Students have been coming back into town since early last week, school doesn’t start until next Monday meaning idle hands. Further you have people who are transiting through the area while dropping friends off, other people just generally unfamiliar with the town, as well as other things. Not to mention the rush coincides with the University of Idaho which is merely 10 miles away.
The population grows by 30,000 in a matter of a week and with it goes a shift in demographics. It also means we start seeing stuff like this again.
A 29-year-old Pullman man was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly put a firearm to an acquaintance’s head near Stubblefield’s on Colorado Street and pulled the trigger.
Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said the Ruger semi-automatic pistol didn’t fire when Joseph Hopkins allegedly put it to another man’s head following a drunken confrontation around 3 a.m.
Umm, didn’t you get the memo, carrying a concealed weapon, or even an open weapon is illegal while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not to mention the fact I’m reasonably sure the individual in question was within a bar consuming alcohol. This is significant because in the state of Washington:
(1) It is unlawful for any person to enter the following places when he or she knowingly possesses or knowingly has under his or her control a weapon:
(d) That portion of an establishment classified by the state liquor control board as off-limits to persons under twenty-one years of age;
That right folks, unsurprisingly someone violated the law, and then topped it off with what ultimately could be considered attempted murder. Last I checked, murder was still against the law right?
Yup, still is.
As always, what would have another law done in this case? Not a damn thing.
So how many laws does it take to restrain a criminal who has no will to follow them? Who is really affected by all those laws?
The answer to that second question is honest law-abiding citizens. See often I go into bars but not to drink, but to pick up a friend who called for a ride, or meet up with old college friends for a bite to eat. According to the state I can’t carry because walking through that door will make my brain go off its rocker and start shooting people. Being around those evil spirits will cause me to want to drink and lose my judgement.
Never-mind that people are ultimately responsible for their behaviors and actions. If I get drunk it’s my responsibility not to get behind the wheel of a car. If I’m carrying a gun it’s my responsibility not to get drunk and hinder my ability for sound judgement. It all comes back to the individual and responsibility.
I want to be respected and treated like an adult. The CSGV and Brady Bunch would prefer that I be treated like a child. Pardon me, but f-off, I prefer being an adult and having responsibilities, it results in the ability to have fun and create awesomeness.
*Make sure to read that title with a nice thick “Fargo” accent.
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Yeah, once again laws didn’t do a damn bit of good… Luckily the gun didn’t fire (one wonders if he actually pushed it against the guy’s head and took it out of battery)!!!
I’m not sure, I could swing by the department if I remember and ask. I know a few people they may tell me, then again I may get the “on-going” investigation writ.
I am actually interested to know the details on this one, mainly if it was a permit holder or not and whether he was a college student in the greek system.
Here in Utah it is not illegal to drink and carry, as long as you are not drunk. They use the same percentage as they do when determining drunken driving. As long as you are below that, you cannot be arrested.
Even if they applied that same standard here in WA, WA law expressly forbids bar carry. As this occurred in proximity to Stubblefield’s, I have a strong suspicion they were enjoying said establishment which is posted by the liquor board as a bar.
Plus check the update, he also was a prohibited person.
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