Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- Four open-carry activists from Richmond were killed on Friday in a horrific traffic accident in Ohio while on their way to an open-carry event in Michigan.
Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) offers its sincere condolences to the families and friends of David Alexander Armstrong (a VCDL member), Jason Spitzer, Stephen Kim and James Higgins.
I had met all four of these young men over the last couple of years. They were part of a group who have been pushing the envelope on open carry of long guns in the Richmond area. They were in the Richmond news several times last year, including a march through a housing project with the intent to educate residents as to their right to self-defense.
Jason and I were interviewed together on a Richmond radio show last year.
Steven, James, and Jason were all at the Virginia Citizens Defense League protest in Alexandria back in December.
The last I talked to Jason was at a subcommittee meeting at the General Assembly in February.
The accident happened on a two-lane road in rural Ohio. They had a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler at 7:30 AM in the morning.
On top of all the other things that make this a terrible tragedy, they were all young and working hard to protect and expand our right to keep and bear arms. We need so many more young people like that, and yet we have lost four of them in an instant.
Unlike so many people who won’t lift a finger to fight for their rights, David, Jason, Stephen, and James were passionate and involved in the fight.
May they all rest in peace.
Here is an article on the accident (my comments on the Sheriff’s ridiculous actions are in square brackets): http://wktn.com/local-news/136288
“Four Richmond, Virginia Men Killed in Friday Morning Crash”
“Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said the crash occurred on US 68 about a mile south of Dunkirk, “At this point , it appears that the northbound car went left of center, and that is what caused the crash between the car and the southbound semi.”
Three men died at the scene. A fourth man in the car was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima where he was pronounced dead. They’re identified as David Armstrong, Jason Spitzer, Ho Jik Kim and James Higgins. The sheriff could not confirm, but did hear, that the four men were travelling to Detroit to participate in a gun walk. Sheriff Everhart did say that Homeland Security was brought in to investigate, “There were just some items in the vehicle that raised our concern a little bit. At that point, I decided that Homeland Security at least should be notified of some items that were in the vehicle and let them carry on that part of the investigation.”
[PVC: Really, Sheriff? Four guys have four rifles in the trunk and you need to call Homeland Security? Perhaps you should just hand your badge over to Homeland Security, since you apparently can’t run an investigation on your own. Two seconds on social media with any one of their names and you would have had all your questions answered. Americans can have guns in the trunks of their cars legally. Why are those guns even an issue at all? And are you personally going to make sure those guns are returned to the surviving family members once the “investigation” is over?]
And the sheriff adds that crashes like these are difficult on first responders, “Anytime you have a fatality it’s tough on the first responders, and then multiply that by four, and it just increases the trauma, but I believe everyone is handling it okay. We have offered some counseling services to any of the first responders that would deem that appropriate to take us up on the offer.”
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: www.vcdl.org