CCW Holder Wrongly Convicted in 5 Minutes, for Defending His Life from BLM Thugs

By Mark Walters
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Mike Strickland Arrested for Defending his life from BLM mob.
Mike Strickland Arrested for Defending his life from BLM mob.
Mark Walters
Mark Walters

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Mike Strickland. Do you recognize the name?

You should, but you’ll get a pass if you don’t. Like every other “major” story that isn’t, the “mainstream” media is failing to cover this man’s plight.

There’s an old saying, (it’s old to me only because I’ve been saying it for years) but it goes like this, “you’re only famous if someone knows who you are.”

Makes sense, right? Something or someone needs attention on a broad scale to gain notoriety, and if left unattended, it ain’t gonna happen. Poof, the nation remains ignorant to the deserved story because it doesn’t fit a political agenda. Or does it?

Unfortunately, on our side of the fence over here as gun rights supporters, advocates, activists, writers, talk show hosts, podcasters, etc., we see this all too often.

A story of self-defense, so compelling that the nation needs to see and hear it, yet it is blatantly and intentionally neglected by the “dominant” and failing “mainstream” media.

Another saying I’ll take credit for is this, “It isn’t the stories they cover or how they cover them that make the media so biased against us, more importantly, it’s the stories they don’t cover that make them so dangerous.” This is one of those stories.

Keep in mind that I’m aware that many of us here on these pages might very well know about Mike Strickland but understand that it isn’t you I’m talking about. It’s the hundreds of millions of American’s who do NOT read these pages. Look, we’re plugged in over here, I get that and so do you, so do the advertisers, and anyone else who cares to read the great information presented here at AmmoLand News, but let’s be real for a moment, shall we?

There are hundreds of millions of Americans who never see this stuff, and have never heard of Mike Strickland and, well dammit, they should. Mike Strickland should be in every living room, computer screen, tablet, phone, internet site and evening cable and broadcast news program in America. But he won’t be unless we do something about it.

In a nutshell for those of you may not be aware of Mike and his plight, here’s the “crib notes” version. Mike is an independent journalist/videographer who was covering a progressive anarchist “demonstration” in Portland, Oregon when he became surrounded by a mob of radical, anarchists. You know the types, the one in masks that throw bottles and break things, otherwise known as peaceful Democrat “protestors” supported by the former president “What's His Face.

As the mob continued to surround and outflank him, they chanted “get him” and other nasty garbage. Mike did what any expert would teach any student to do; he retreated as best he could before being surrounded and overwhelmed by the ever growing mob. Realizing he was now nearly surrounded and in fear for his life, Mike drew his lawfully concealed firearm and used it to keep the crowd at bay. He never fired a shot, and in fact, his finger never touched the trigger.

Law enforcement finally arrived, and after some investigation, Mike was charged (wrongly in my opinion) with misdemeanor menacing. Here’s some information from talk radio host, Victoria Taft:

“A witness in court testified there had been a conspiracy by anarchists to assault him and toss him out of the rally. Strickland was questioned and released the night of his attack and he was ordered to court on a misdemeanor count of menacing. When it was discovered who prosecutors had–the hated Laughing at Liberals guy–the 1 (sic) charge turned into 21 (sic) and the 1 (sic) misdemeanor turned into multiple felonies.”

The leftist political machine in Portland had their guy and they weren’t going to let go. When jury selection began, it was found that the jury pool was tainted as a few members of the pool had actually been part of the anarchist protest that day. Mike opted for a bench trial. As Victoria tells it:

“Strickland’s bail blew up to $250,000. The charges included 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.

Court watchers told me that after fewer than five minutes of reflection, on Friday, February 10, 2017, Judge Thomas Ryan announced his verdict: guilty on all 21 counts.

By now you may have read the various posts about this case. Maybe you’ve seen the video of the mob going after Strickland.

Here’s what you don’t know.

Ever since Strickland was formally charged, his own video of what happened that day has been under seal. It saw daylight only to be shown in court the day the judge convicted him. The judge said the attack by the mob should have NO bearing on Strickland’s actions that day.

But there’s more.

Strickland has been ordered not to do what he did for a living. He can’t work.

  • He can’t blog or write.
  • He can’t go near any protest.
  • He can’t video any protest.

The institutional left in Portland has silenced a contrary political voice. Moreover, the institutional left in Portland has done so to a journalist.

Mike Strickland now faces fifty years in an Oregon penitentiary for drawing his lawfully concealed weapons to defend himself from an advancing mob of progressive, anarchist, Obama/Clinton Democrats while trying to retreat to safety.

Think this can’t happen to you because Trump got elected? Think again. Now we need to act like winners and part of winning is letting the other side know that this ain’t over until we say it’s over. You can help by visiting www.oregonfirearms.org to donate and help this man.

Remember, he could have been you.

About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

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    oldvet

    Ammoland would like to see the post put up about my mothers people. Just to see what TS has to say about my heritage

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    Accepted

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    oldvet

    don’t understand why the delay some things get posted faster than others.

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    oldvet

    Lets see if they post this. If you want to know where it looks like this is heading. Look up the Steve Malzberg show on Newsmax tv . look up the tape on Lewis Faracan and all the anti Semitism vitriol crap he is spouting about against the Jews. I don’t like what see or hear.

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    Looks like ammoland is censoring again

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    If you want to know where this is all headed, look up the Steve Malzberg show on news max tv. look up the Lewis Faracan tape on all of the extreme anti semintic (sp) crap he is spouting about the Jews. I don’t like what i’m seeing and hearing.

    Frank Hammer
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    Frank Hammer

    When I first glanced this article I thought it was about power abuse from the Bureau Of Land Management. Also a dangerous, radical organization. I hope this somewhat zealous, but well within his rights, indie newsboy gets clear of the politically motivated, legal system of Oregonia.

    Jill
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    Jill

    He used his firearm to protect himself. He never meant to harm anyone. You can tell this because if you pause the video when he first draws the firearm from the holster, you can see his finger is not on the trigger. He is also backing up, which we have a legal right to maintain our ground. He just wants to leave peacefully and did not feel safe to do so. Everyone remembers not long before, the groups of protesters were kicking the snot out of random people. He was obviously targeted for some reason and he certain was fearful… Read more »

    Bon mots
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    Bon mots

    He has a recod of being crazy to generate sensational attention seeking behavior for himself. He is not a good representative of gun owners or CCW holders. Shame on you for painting this loser as a victim.

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    Well bonmots; too bad your name is a lie ; You spew nothing but lies and idiocy and YOU indeed are the one that gun owners; WHY do I doubt you even own a squirt gun? You have not a clue and are a danger to free Americans and the 2nd Amendment.
    SHAME on YOU for trying to declare him a “loser”; the ONLY “loser” is you and other morons of your ignorant stripe.

    John
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    John

    This is amazing. A man, surrounded by a mob of overwhelming size and animosity displays a lawful tool to protect himself and some judge and prosecutor does this? Vote em out. The only difference between a rock and a gun is one of efficiency. The intent to do bodily harm is exactly the same. ANY person threatening bodily harm MUST be believed. He was perfectly right to display his deterrent to their aggression. This has nothing to do with race and race is always the label that the violent throw out as their protection blanket. Idiots.

    peppersgc
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    peppersgc

    While I agree with the overall message of the article, Mark, you need to look up the definition of ‘Anarchist’ and stop wrongfully labeling these racist mobs as such.

    Bob Lawrence
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    Bob Lawrence

    So much racism, fear, anger, hatred, crime, and violence in America now. The causes, reasons, and FACTS need to be headlined. The observation that is angering many Americans now is that the over-mixing of races, nationalities, cultures, languages, and religions here is causing massive chaos and trouble. All-white, all black, all Latin, all Chinese, all Japanese, all Arab, all Muslim, all Christian, all Buddhist, all Hindu, all German, all Italian, all Swedish, all Danish, etc. countries often – not always – have less anger, chaos, and trouble. When we’re with “our people”, we feel better. Our founding fathers are turning… Read more »

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    Bob You leave out what I think we will find out is the biggest cause behind the unrest. Money when this all washes out I think Soros, Blumburg, the Clinton foundation, Obama’s shadow government, will not only behind the unrest but voter fraud. The rioters are being bussed in to these places. I’m hearing they are getting as much as1500 a day. One of the places we are going to have to concentrate on is voter fraud. If Huston , Dallas, and San Antonio were really carried by Clinton, those areas need to be corrected before 2018. (1500 I don’t… Read more »

    Marc
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    Marc

    Im very progun i carry every day and think more guns means less crime as long as they are legal. Im aways on the pro gun side. In this case if after he pulled his gun and reholstered he had retreated he would have been justified. I would have liked to have seen him with it in the high ready with muzzle down but it is what it is.. he had plenty of room to retreat at that point and had others holding people from following. If after he retreated people caught up and converged he could have drawn again… Read more »

    Bob Nash
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    Bob Nash

    In full agreement. My takeaway here is this is a failure in training. I think we can all agree that a person can meet force with force in Oregon in self defense. But this guy was doing it wrong. Had he relied on proper training rather than whatever else he was running on, he could have saved himself this headache.

    Trevor
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    Trevor

    Sorry. I’m pro-gun and anti-BLM, but I honestly don’t see anything that would justify Strickland pulling a gun. He was not surrounded and was not being threatened. Moreover, when he had the opportunity to get out of this “threatening” situation, and even had the protection of a number of the protesters to make his “escape”, he kept taking pictures while walking backwards, SLOWLY, with frequent stops to keep talking to these people that he claimed to be afraid of.

    This is not the case to make an issue out of.

    John Stevens
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    John Stevens

    The charge of “menacing” does not apply when there has been a threat.

    Brandishing a weapon is illegal when done to threaten an otherwise peaceful person, with the end of limiting or violating their legal rights. It stops being illegal when the threat of the weapon is used as a reply to a previous, actionable, immediate threat.

    The charge of disproportionate force does not apply when an individual is threatened by a group: a group can do a great deal more damage than a single person.

    The judge is an idiot.

    SuperG
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    SuperG

    Strickland has an idiot for an attorney. First off, the attorney had to know you do not get a fair trial in Multnomah County if you are not gay or a liberal, and he should have filed for a change of venue. Second, in the middle of jury selection, he waived his client’s right to a jury trial and asked for a bench trial (the judge decides your fate personally), which was egregious. I contributed to this guy’s defense, but he did not get get competent representation. I’ll contribute to his appeal if he gets a new attorney, as the… Read more »

    Sendarius
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    Sendarius

    Would you say the same thing if you had read that part of the article that said:

    “When jury selection began, it was found that the jury pool was tainted as a few members of the pool had actually been part of the anarchist protest that day.”

    Dee
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    Dee

    Request for change of venue denied. Several of those in the jury pool were members of anti gun groups. Only 2 in the entire pool agreed with the statement that individuals have a right to defend themselves and they would have been booted by prosecution. You can see more details on Victoria Taft’s FB

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @Anthony, kevikens, & artichoke, From what I see in all of the videos, I think you are on the right track. I don’t see any aggression surrounding him until after he pulled the gun. I have to wonder if he is a soros plant to make concealed carriers look bad. 1 he is supposedly a journalist. 2 He may have thought a judge in that local would acquit him. Who ever the man in the black hoodie with the blue backpack is deserves a lot of credit for defusing the situation. (thinking it is his voice heard calming things down)

    Shell
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    Shell

    None of the videos in this article show what led up to his drawing his pistol except one. If they did you would see him surrounded and being verbally assaulted by the protesters. In the one that begins a few moments earlier than the others you can see a black male working himself up to fight (easy to tell if you’ve ever experienced it) and shrugging off his backpack to free his arms for that fight. That is just the nearly-last threatening move and verbal attack of many that caused him to finally draw his pistol. And the reason he… Read more »

    Adam
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    Adam

    Absolutely amazing what some adults in this world actually believe. Blm is the stupidest thing ever created. They won’t even arrest these idiots for burning a city block and rioting and looting because it might offend or hurt black peoples poor little feelings. Amazing how people have been so brainwashed into being scared to death of black people and being racist. We’ve been taught especially in public school systems that the poor ole blacks are so mistreated that you shouldn’t even look at them or they might get mad. Its finally got to the point where its absolutely ridiculous. As… Read more »

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @Adam much of the problem stems from the fact that democratic officials in places like ferguson told the police to stand down in the very beginning and let the whole thing get started.

    Thom Paine
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    Thom Paine

    If things happened as the author has stated ? Then those responsible for his conviction belong dangling under the nearest street light posts . And may as many of their cultural marxist brethren join them as possible ! Oregon my home state, was a great place before such leftist trash came . If an invading army was to take it back ,and force them into the Pacific ,you can bet I would be a member of it !

    gil
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    there’s a saying that you would not get burned if you dont get near the fire. just like a moth flying around a candle or a gas lamp. while it is true that strickland righteously defend himself, it is also true that he knows the risk of what he’s getting into. righteously or not, he will now bear the results of his action financially.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @gil, Strickland has a legal defense fund going. You could send him a donation, in the interests of justice.

    artichoke
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    artichoke

    It’s hard to appeal findings of fact. An appeal will be difficult.

    But with the wisdom of hindsight, a jury trial would have been better. Couldn’t have been worse.

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    Hey artichoke; There was NO “findings of fact”, the judge IGNORED all the facts, made up crap to support his left winger off the wall verdict and din’t even give the claims of the defendant due consideration. It’s mand (what there is of it) was made up before the case even started that IS Obvious. They also were going to stack ANY jury with left wingers from the protest mob and a goodly number were obviously that. They SHOULD have petitioned for a change of venue and found a more intelligent less prejudiced judge that would be willing to hear… Read more »

    Bill
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    Bill

    The protesters should be glad he was only warning them. Had it been me, I would have dropped around 15 or 20 of the sorry “TERRORIST” right in the middle of the street. Thomas Ryan should not call himself a judge. He’s nothing more than legal muscle in favor of the street “TERRORIST” that threatened Mike Strickland to begin with. Also, any COP that stand with this injustice/criminal act against Mike Strickland is not a COP in my book, they are nothing more than the enforcement jack booted thugs defending the street “TERRORIST” against legally armed American Citizens exercising their… Read more »

    David
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    David

    Very well said Bill. I couldn’t agree more. He showed great control in a situation that legally allowed him to protect himself with deadly force. Many of us might not have had that same self control. I hope his attorneys can get this overturned. The SHORT GROUP Law firm is the best there is in Oregon Firearm Law. If they can’t nobody can.

    Tog
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    Tog

    needs to get a better lawyer and file an appeal. This would not have happened if Scallia had not been murdered.

    kevikens
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    kevikens

    Why did this case not go before a jury? I’ll bet any jury, even a West Coast one would have had a few doubters and only one is enough for a mistrial.

    artichoke
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    artichoke

    All I can figure is that he must have decided a judge would be an easy acquittal, and a Portland jury sort of leftist. He got a bad judge, and if the judge doesn’t say much, it will be hard to appeal.

    Anthony Wilson
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    Anthony Wilson

    There are a whole lot of comments on this page of this incident. We have to do a few things here. Firstly, I agree with the verdict. Oregon Law regarding CCW does not include any kind of “Castle Doctrine”, Mr Strickland had plenty of places to retreat. There was no known threat that constituted the use of a firearm in kind. In short, he had no cause to use deadly force, at least NOT legally. I do understand what he felt he had to do. The judge, however, rendered a proper verdict. It had nothing to do with political views.… Read more »

    John Stevens
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    John Stevens

    “There was no known threat that constituted the use of a firearm in kind.” That’s where your analysis goes astray. He did not use a firearm: it was not fired. He responded to a threat of bodily harm by demonstrating that he was equipped and willing to defend himself, but he didn’t fire a single shot. Castle doctrines do not apply, as he wasn’t at home, so that point is a bit of a non sequitur. The necessity to retreat is conditioned on the safe ability to do so. Turning your back on a crowd that is within attack distance… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Castle Doctrine concerns your HOME OCCUPIED CAR, FIXED PLACE OF BUSINESS. He was out of doors, thus Castle Doctine is not at issue.”Oregon law does NOT require one retreat when one is where he has a legal right to be.. and downtown on a sidewalk fits that.

    Wanna rare back and take another swing?

    Anthony Wilson
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    Anthony Wilson

    There is no law or regulation, in whole or in part, that addresses standing ground or retreating other than deadly force can be used when NO OTHER MEANS can be utilized. There was weapon against him present ( firearm, edged, or blunt object ) that justified Me Strickland producing a sidearm….I respectfully disagree with your arguement. Mr. Strickland should have found another option.

    Rodceasar
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    Rodceasar

    He got exactly what he deserved! He had ample opportunity to retreat. He also had no business going there and staying there, if he was fearful of his life or rather black people. He put himself in danger by going to a BLM protest. Anyone who reacted as he did would face the same charges. If I were to have done what he did, i would face the same charges. I am for the 2nd amendment but stupid is stupid and he used his privilege of having a legal gun to engage where he never should have. Kudos to court… Read more »

    Big Bear
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    Big Bear

    Why should a person be required to retreat. He had every right to be there. The demonstrators were advancing on him. They were not peacefully protesting. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    The Dude
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    The Dude

    No finger ever touched the trigger? Look at your video pull. Looks like It’s on it to me.

    E
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    E

    Hey you think we can see the whole video not just the parts that support your so called story smh anything to make this BLM movement seem dangerous its sad really

    Toshogu Takegawa
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    Toshogu Takegawa

    I did not see a man with his back to a wall. Or cornered. I saw a man standing in the middle of the street with no one near him brandishing a pistol.

    He can rot.

    Patrick Clark
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    Patrick Clark

    He should’ve shot that black panther idiot for trying to provoke him, he would’ve gotten what he was asking for. He really didn’t need to pull out his gun from what I see but I wasn’t there to see it in person. Maybe he felt threatened, he does have a history of violent confrontations. Let him out on his own recognizance.

    Craig J Neuvirth
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    Craig J Neuvirth

    Some of the comnents on this story leave no doubt in my mind that the anti-morals pro comnunist education system has indoctrinated a whole generation of Americans on how to be gojd little rat fink subversives. Unbelievable.

    solia vargas
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    solia vargas

    THEY CAN BECAUSE THERE BLACK and they getting away with it JUST LIKE THE JUDGES BRAKING EVERY LAW.The new black Panthers are gangs

    Chris
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    Chris

    The person who wrote this article is an idiot who doesnt know jack bout self defense this idiot pull u gun on ppl 20 feet from him and NOT ADVANCING so he deserve the charges cuz ppl out there protesting gun violence and u pull a gun on unarmed ppl you r a coward if u a journalist (right wing for example) and u plan to go to a protest thrown by left leaning citizens u know your gonna have conflicting opinions withxthe majority of ppl there y would u seek out a fight theres just a common sense factor.You… Read more »

    David
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    David

    Actually, Gun safely classes teach you that if you ‘Feel’ your safely is in question of ‘Grave’ harm you can draw your weapon and defend yourself. The distance for this is currently set at 21 feet and the definition of “grave” danger is his perception of the situation, not yours. He was, in any other world, well within his rights to pull his firearm and discharge it if he chose to. He did what we are trained to do, but with a great deal of self control. Many would not have had that same control and would have been shot.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Chris, The camera does not capture everything. There is no guarantee that a “peaceful” protest (or any other gathering) will stay peaceful. Twenty-one feet is the magic distance/time formula for for the predator to close on his victim before the victim can draw. So Strictland must have had a class. The video shows at least one man advancing on him in a very threatening manner.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    of COURSE Strickland had a class. I’ve taken it too, EVERYONE must take that as a precondition to being issued your concealed carry Mother May I Card from the State of Oregon. And yes, 21 feet, MY perception of the danger, the plausibility of a real and immediate threat (disparity of force can come from a large imbalance between two individuals, or strength of numbers coming against one. BOTH are consideredd lethal threats if close enough or armed. How many in that crowd were carrying objects that could be thrown? Plenty. RIcks, bricks, molotov cocktails, have all been used by… Read more »

    Josie Wales
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    Josie Wales

    The prosecutor and the so called Judge need their asses kicked.

    Bill
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    Bill

    Good. Nice to know the jury saw this guy as the nut bag he is without wasting too much time.

    The wing and conspiracy nuts here are free to attack this post as they wish. I already know not to expect an intelligent discussion based reply, so I won’t even bother about being notified of follow ups.

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    NO JURY you morn ; just an activist judge that acted OUTSIDE the laws on the books because he was a left winger prejudiced moron and idiot . He is as bad as the communists and the courts of the french revolution.
    The only “nuts” on here are you and the other ignorant liberal morons spewing your loads of stupisdity and ignorance.
    You posted nothing intelligent anyway.

    Aiq
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    Aiq

    He wasn’t surrounded. At least not in this video. It seems only half of the crowd were covering their face if that many. He had an out if he wanted it, and there has to be a reason that protesters wanted him gone, meaning he was doing a sh3t job at being a journalist. Being a journalist does not give you a free pass from probable harm or just being hounded out of an area you’re not welcome. While the charges do seem a bit intense I would think there is no story here because he acted hastily and pulling… Read more »

    Brigit
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    Brigit

    So if you are not SUPPORTING the ‘Mob” , you can be assaulted?

    man, you better never show up at Rigley Field!

    Jim
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    Jim

    I agree. Stickland is not a journalist is any recognizable sense of the word. Perhaps you could call him a film maker. He had ample opportunity to simply leave the scene. Also remember, he went out of his way to put himself into this situation because his “brand” on YouTube relies on inciting some kind of reaction out of those he films. The title of his channel says a lot – “Laughing at Liberals”. How many views would he get if he merely filmed these events in a safe and responsible manner? Not many. And this article is horribly written… Read more »

    Doug Haner
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    Doug Haner

    Mike Strickland is Moron! That was brandishing plain and simple. If he were scared for his life he should have drawn and fired. If not, it should have stayed holstered. Also the kid in the hoodie snuck right up on him and very well could have taken his weapon. This guy shouldn’t carry. Plain and simple.

    Some dudes can change their own oil, many can’t and hire proffessionals.

    Hire a bodyguard next time Strickland

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    GOOD LORD are you ever a completely Ignorant moron and idiot; NO you DO NOT fire just because you are threatened IF the sight of the gun causes the attackers to back away; Your claims are total ignorant bullshyte and moronic.
    True some people cant change their own oil and I bet you need mommy to wipe your butt for you, not to mention you also need a thread to pull it out when you urinate and a Magnifying glass to see it.

    WHY should he need a body guard IF the BLM protestors were being LAW ABIDING CITIZENS and NOT thugs.

    Jane Washington-White
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    Jane Washington-White

    You’re a liar and you exaggerated the details of the story. There was no mob around him when he pulled that gun. He was rightly convicted. How does it feel when your white privilege doesn’t work for you? His reaction was years of the media demonizing people of color. Welcome to the club. When does YOUR RALLY start to protest this perceived injustice? Why no mention of the BLM thug (your perception) that tried to help him leave????

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Jane Washington-White, I presume, by your statement, that you were an eye witness to the event?

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    legal precedent has established that a threat, when within 21 feet, is a clear and immediate threat. Many of those protestors were much closer then 21 feet. Disparity of force by way of numbers also establishes that the threat WAS lethan, clear, immediate, and plausible Go and reard Oregon law regarding justification for the use of lethal force.

    Hayden the Patriot
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    Hayden the Patriot

    Demonizing people of color? You mean defending himself from being beat into a pulp for no reason other than the fact that he was a white, conservative journalist? He was well within his rights and was wrongfully convicted.

    Pierre Jasinski
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    Pierre Jasinski

    I hope this never happens in my state or my town never really seen a bunch of black lives matter but I know it’s a racist group no better than the KKK I would do exactly the same thing as he did because it’s in our constitution he didn’t shoot anybody he just stop an prevent it people from harming him whatever happened to all the blue collar liberals they would not agree with this are they all gone I reckon all the southern states will have to stick together and let the East Coast and up north stick together… Read more »

    Chris
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    Chris

    Pierre — The reason BLM is more dangerous than the KKK today is because the media and the Left support them. You will never find anybody on any side of the aisle or in the media who will support the KKK.

    Pah who dom
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    Pah who dom

    The reason trump is more dangerous then BLM is he an the new govt are kkk

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pah, There have been no Klansmen in the federal government since Hugo Black.

    David
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    David

    Go crawl back up into that sow of a mother you came from.

    Doktor
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    Doktor

    OMG, another IDIOT!!

    Bill
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    Bill

    Not today but who originated the Klan? Who supported the Klan? Who joind and made up the ranks of the Klan? Who were the leaders of the Klan? Who used the Klan for political gains? DEMOCRATS, THATS WHO!!!!! Why blacks continually support them is beyond me. Today, who is the new Klan? Who keeps black people down and in a constant state of slavery? THE DEMOCRATS, THATS WHO!!!! For the life of me I just do not understand how these people can keep doing this to themselves Why, why, why would someone just keep believing people who say they are… Read more »

    Brigit
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    Brigit

    Because they are the most IGNORANT people on the face of the earth!

    Alex
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    Alex

    Well now he has first hand experience of what a black man goes through in America this is nothing new to us this is why we are fed up this is why BLM is here

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    Alex — So you’re saying that black men get chased around and threatened by mobs of protesters? Can you please cite a source for that? And you do know that BLM was started based on a lie, right? Brown reached for a cop’s gun. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, if you reach for a cop’s gun there will be severe consequences. The statistics show that it is more likely for a cop to shoot a white person than a black person. Look it up. Now, obviously there were some terrible incidents in which a white cop shot… Read more »

    Jane Washington-White
    Guest
    Jane Washington-White

    Six eye witnesses testified that the police officer lied

    Bandit
    Guest
    Bandit

    The evidence proved otherwise, in that brown shooting the thug did reach into the officers car because of the blood spatter that was on the inside of the door was from brown.

    Dave
    Guest
    Dave

    The blood spatter INSIDE the car proved he did not lie.

    Colonialgirl
    Guest
    Colonialgirl

    NO Jane; ALL of those SIX backed down when they had to testify UNDER OATH; There were FAR more that testified that Brown FAILED to obey the lawful orders of the police officer and advanced on him in a threatening manner AFTER having assaulted the officer while he was sitting in his auto and Brown DID attempt to steal the officers fore arm. Brown was a THUG, he beat up a smaller defenseless shop keeper and STOLE a box of cigars from the store and was walking down the Center of the street. Now go get your head extracted and… Read more »

    Tionico
    Guest
    Tionico

    No, Alex, Black Lives Matter is here because Soros and his pals fund it, and they like the work they do in destabilising this nation. Wake up, man, you’re being played for a fool. Soros wants to run this country by power, the power of force. Can’t do what when folks can still go about armed and protected.
    He’s funded a number of other rabble rousing troublemaking protest/civil disturbance groups these past few years. Wake UP

    Three Palms II
    Guest
    Three Palms II

    Interesting story of a gun nut that walks thru life with urine soaked panties. Someday he hopes to get a sex change. As a women, those mean and nasty men will leave her alone.

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    I really hope English isn’t your first language.

    Bob Nash
    Guest
    Bob Nash

    This guy moved back toward the crowd after holstering. Clearly not scared for his life. Half if the “menacing crowd” had their hands up. This guy’s a tool and makes us look bad.

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    Bob Nash — Well I’m sure he wasn’t scared anymore after he drew his gun. Up to that point he was probably scared. But what is your answer here? Should the guy have allowed the mob to assault him?

    Bill
    Guest
    Bill

    Chris, I’m with Bob Nash on this one. And before someone calls me a gun-hating liberal, etc., I’ll let you know I carry concealed daily and have for over 35 years, was a FFL for 24 years and been around guns for 60 years. I’m a true defender of the 2nd Amendment. But as soon as he had drawn, and the people backed off, he should have retreated as fast as he could. He didn’t and even after several minutes of people saying leave and they would watch his back, he still stayed around. Did he have the right to… Read more »

    Patrick
    Guest
    Patrick

    So i should be outraged at the charges? The situation? The lack of media coverage? Get the fuck outta here.. and of course the title of this article.. seems to me you gun lovers are the real thugs.. you don’t just seem to know how to point your guns and fingers at other people(of color).. maybe you should write a post with *real* solutions to problems. Cause some attack on our rights to bear arms is such a big problem in America.

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    Patrick — Yes, you should be outraged at the charges. 50 years for not shooting anybody??? How could you not be outraged? Yes, you should be outraged at the situation. Why are we allowing “peaceful protesters” to assault anybody they want? Yes, you should be outraged at the lack of media coverage. How can we solve this problem if no one knows about it because the media has decided that it doesn’t fit their agenda? Why are you bringing color into this? Any violent mob of any skin color can cause bodily harm. Other people have been beaten by these… Read more »

    Jane Washington-White
    Guest
    Jane Washington-White

    Were you outraged when Melissa Alexander faced 60 years for shooting no one???

    -
    Guest
    -

    I can only find articles saying 20 years? And she discharged her weapon, this guy did not. The problem with discharge, even as a warning shot, is bullets can travel a great distance meaning you don’t know who is being put in danger. Shooting into the ceiling is even more dangerous, because you are purposefully aiming at a hard surface which puts even the shooter in danger of a ricochet. Finally, yes I agree the sentence is too long but that’s why mandatory minimums and lack of judicial discretion are a problem.

    Jim
    Guest
    Jim

    Chris – Stickland is not going to get 50 years so stop being over dramatic. He may not serve any time at all. The 50 years you speak is the maximum, theoretical jail term he could be given. There is a less than zero chance that he will be given that sentence. Also, the jail terms would run concurrently which makes it the functional equivalent of getting convicted of one charge. Like I said, I give it better than 50-50 odds he doesn’t get any jail.

    Ronny
    Guest
    Ronny

    Well let’s say the next time she decides to go to a rally (demonstration) she gets surrounded by white and black guys like happens in say Chicago as a good location since it’s the city of Angels. Gee too bad u can’t pull ur concealed gun dork cause women and children are around what the hell!! Let the gang rape begin cause it’s no cool to defend your life / self from hate.What putz you need to really have a talk with the voices you hear No wonder our country is a mess we got brain dead people walking.

    Tom
    Guest
    Tom

    Justice not served. He shot no one. Cops would have pulled their weapons too. His appeal will prove this.

    Hayden the Patriot
    Guest
    Hayden the Patriot

    So you’re telling me that if a mob of people started surrounding you and yelling and cutting off your escapes would you try and defend yourself? He was pulling out the gun as they blocked his escape to prevent from being attacked and to make it less likely to need to fire a shot and actually shoot somebody.

    AZOCALLDAY
    Guest
    AZOCALLDAY

    Racebaiter

    Leanne Selix
    Guest
    Leanne Selix

    Well I am one of the dreaded liberals yet I find it difficult to want to charge this person with a crime when he was just trying to protect himself.

    oldvet
    Guest
    oldvet

    Leanne There may be hope for you yet.

    Mike
    Guest
    Mike

    Really, really. Have we let it go so far. We need not only to show how unacceptable his presumed consequences are, but also to stop the evil of all of this. It’s not the color of the man that the devil controls. Yet the suffering of all by his actions.
    Rise up all and do what is right to fight the Big battle.

    Brigit
    Guest
    Brigit

    “Zimmerman was on the ground with his perpetrator on top of him when he shot him.”
    That is a LIE
    Zimmerman was on top of his victim beating the Shit out of him. Probably trying to kill him.
    when his Victim fought back and Protected himself from the HOOD!

    Marc
    Guest
    Marc

    You realize Zimmerman was the Hispanic male that shot the 18 year old Martin and it was proven Martin was on top of Zimmerman smacking his head into the concrete when zimmeran pulled his gun and shot Martin while still on his back with Martin on top of him. That is fact and not debatable. Witness testimony and forensic science back it up.

    Adam
    Guest
    Adam

    Zimmerman had multiple injuries to his head (documented in photos at the scene and the police report) while Martin’s injuries (documented at autopsy) consisted of a scrape on his knuckles and the gun shot wound that killed him.

    Tell us again which one was pummeling the other during that altercation.

    Colonialgirl
    Guest
    Colonialgirl

    Brigit the idiot spews a load of totally ignorant bullshyte and false claims. GO read and learn the truth you rear end of a donkey. Trayvon ATTACKED Zimmerman from behind and was banging his head on the sidewalk trying to kill him; that was his intent and it was proven by the Cell phone messages with his girl friend.
    How does it fell to be so ignorant that you need instructions on how to wipe your butt?

    Frank Horton
    Guest
    Frank Horton

    BLM is a hate group that liberals & moderates run wild. We owe a lot of thanks the biggest race baiter hussein obama the racist bigot & his Trans gender companion.

    Larry
    Guest
    Larry

    At least now I know if a mob of Democrats are surrounding you then shoot as many as possible because the sentence is going to be the same even if you don’t shoot at all, on the other hand the angry Democrats will walk free so why not just kill them.

    TexDan
    Guest
    TexDan

    You are absolutely correct. At my age, 15 years in the Pen is a life sentence. Might as well as go for the gusto. Especially now that I see that only politics will govern my trial. Carry plenty of magazines my friend.

    S
    Guest
    S

    Every states’ laws are different, but considering that he did not need to shoot and kill someone to defend his life, he was not in that much danger. Zimmerman was on the ground with his perpetrator on top of him when he shot him.

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    And how do you know that drawing a weapon didn’t save his life or at least save him from a severe beating? Why are people protecting these violent mobs?

    Jim
    Guest
    Jim

    There was no violent mob here

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Jim, the mob planned to be. That one fellow seemed pretty aggressive to me. And the crowd was trying to surround him. Someone was planning on jumping him from behind.

    M
    Guest
    M

    And why do you think he didn’t have to shoot? Because he was able to scare them away. I would have done the same thing. We were given the right to protect ourselves when they first started this country, but now there are stipulations to how and when we can do it and that’s not right. This man did what anyone would have done and if he is sentenced i hope there is an uprising. Entitled morons who think they can go out there and ‘protest’ because their feelings were hurt are the ones that deserve to be punished.

    Jane Washington-White
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    Jane Washington-White

    Like people who protest when their team loses??? What color are they???

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    no, the founders did not GIVE us our rights. They simply recognised that we already have them, and then told gummit to keep their hands off them. This guy was surrounded by people actively threatening him. they were closing off his escape routes, corninring him, reaching out to grab him. YOU stand there when five angry idjits are doing those things to you and see if you don’t pucker up a mite…. he got clear of one, two more came at him, he began to “get outta there” but they moved wiht him, still threatening. When they had effectively closed… Read more »

    MadameMidlifeCrisis
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    MadameMidlifeCrisis

    Black people??? Mae, take many seats & shut your “reeeeeeeeeeeeee” hole. These “peaceful protests” & the agitators who start them don’t care about black people! They are paid late-teens & 20-somethings that are puppets for rich puppet masters who want nothing more than to keep up discord & distrust. The best way to conquer a country is by dividing it. Here’s some facts for you Mae; Portland, OR is 76% Caucasian, 6% black. The majority of those Caucasians are liberal Democrats who had taken on such nonsense of having to vote on whether or not the peanut butter & jelly… Read more »

    Charlene hurt
    Guest
    Charlene hurt

    More innocent people have been murdered by
    Beasts kkk, white supremist, and other hateful groups because they think that they are better than anyone else than terroist from other countries. Beasts have killed countless childred, women, men, just for fun. Those beast have a hateful,evil history and agenda. You are sneeky but stupid and we see you.

    solia vargas
    Guest
    solia vargas

    I guess you stay home and people standing up for weak people like you

    Tyree
    Guest
    Tyree

    Charlene, I’m a person of color and yes the KKK and just whites in general used to make our lives hell that just don’t happen no more on a person to person level. We get lynched by the institutional plantation where you work at Wendys and still get welfare/food card but still don’t have enough to live…and you sure as hell can’t buy quality food. I know white people in this trap too but these plantation businesses want cheap N**ger labor just like always! The democrats and republicans playing the same old game they played when the lived in the… Read more »

    Colonialgirl
    Guest
    Colonialgirl

    Well “tyree”; Go get an education, got get a job that isn’t an entry level job for school kids; QUIT living off welfare and EBT cards on with money from the sweat of ever taxpayers brow; QUIT staying on the Dimocrap KKK plantation and voting for the dimocrap leftists; QUIT listening to the black turn coats that support the Dimocrap KKK and them maybe welfare and ebt will NOT be an issue for you.

    Eric J
    Guest
    Eric J

    Colonialgirl, it’s obvious that you didn’t even read Tyree’s comment. If you did, then comprehension isn’t really your thing. He flat out stated that he has a good job, and correctly surmised that if we could boost the economy enough we could end the stranglehold that the liberals have over low income areas.

    Perhaps in the future you should consider whether or not you actually understand a comment before jumping in to throw your “advice” around. Just that one simple step will make you look a whole lot less foolish.

    TS
    Guest
    TS

    Colon Girl, looks like they let your fat @55 out of the kitchen for a minute to spout your usual foul $hit3. You might be interested to know that Tyree ain’t even black. He is just playing you stupid hillbilly crackers.

    brigit
    Guest
    brigit

    You fail to recognize that BLM is at the top of your ‘Beasts’ list!

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Charlene, Shocking! Do you have any facts?

    Bill
    Guest
    Bill

    Charlene, being a retired Military Combat Veteran, I can assure you that you have never in your life seen evil or human beast. I have, on several different continents. Also, growing up in the South, having personal knowledge of the KKK (I’ve never been a member) you know absolutely nothing about the organization or it’s beginnings and beliefs.

    You are being spoon feed all the liberal crap they can push into you and you are soaking it up like a sponge.

    Chris
    Guest
    Chris

    Your an asshole cuz u ass ume like a ass nobody in the video ever said they hate police their signs say DONT SHOOT so if i dnt wanna b shot by cops as im unarmed that must mean i hate police too. So u must wanna die by being shot by police or u hate the popo too! smh plus people said call police cuz they were law abiding citizens who were expressing themselves debating and disagreeing with ppl is no reason to pull a gun and to answer your ? I am totally for the 2nd amendment and… Read more »

    Brigit
    Guest
    Brigit

    You are Full of Sh*t.
    When you are surrounded by dozens of protesters agitating against you.
    signs saying ‘Dont shoot’ are like the old ‘ooops, you fell down. let me help you up again.’
    This was a mob and anyone who disagreed with them was in imminent peril.
    Let them demonstrate for the dozens of COPS ( White AND Colored who have been ASSASSINATED) and maybe your argument may hold water. Otherwise, it is just B.S.

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Chris, Huh?

    rescuedog2017
    Guest
    rescuedog2017

    shouldn’t you be in school learning how to speak English or at least be able to put some sentences together that don’t make you sound like a total moron.

    Freddy12220
    Guest
    Freddy12220

    The KKK was started by who? Democrats if anyone was wondering

    D
    Guest
    D

    Correct and they killed Republicans black and white 1/3 of those killed by the KKK were white.

    Mae
    Guest
    Mae

    He is clearly scared of black ppl. If you are that scared then don’t cover the story. You have kids and women out there. What an idiot!!! But the sentence is too harsh but hey its the law. Shame on you for pulling out a gun so recklessly!!

    Joe
    Guest
    Joe

    Lmao, what a Cuck. “Pulling out a gun so recklessly!!”. Get real. If a mob of white people surrounded me I’d do the same thing, lol. Nice try race baiting there friend.

    Journalistic Integrity
    Guest
    Journalistic Integrity

    Lol nope. You don’t get to go to a protest then say you were scared because there was a group of people and pull a gun on them. Why was he carrying so much ammo? Also, seems strange that marchers would single out one “journalist” for no reason. Plus just go watch the whole actual video. This isn’t someone you want to back, he’s clearly an idiot. What journalist comes strapped to document a march? I guess we’re just bypassing those questions.

    Jake
    Guest
    Jake

    Its people like you that were surrounding him BECAUSE he was white at a BLM rally you fruitcup. If white folks surrounded you at a klan rally you’d wonder why huh?

    A Wilson
    Guest
    A Wilson

    No Sir, I wouldn’t be at either one. I will say one thing, at least you know where the KKK stands!, the BLM movement is just that, a BOWEL movement!

    EricS
    Guest
    EricS

    There were whites at this gathering…you can clearly see them in the video. Her’s my problem with this. The video “evidence” is snipets of the entire event. Cherry picked parts to support one side rather than any explanation from the other side of the situation. Journalism is supposed to be fair minded but it doesn’t seem that is in play here. I’m a strong supporter of gun rights. I carry daily. I do not believe in “permits”, it is a right and my “permission” comes from within, not from a government. But from what I saw in the video Mike… Read more »

    EricS
    Guest
    EricS

    Did you watch the video? Looks like more whites than blacks to me. He had every opportunity to leave. He had a few in the crowd running interference from the less civil among them. The videos go on for minutes, minutes in which he could have left. Why in the world would anyone stay in a placed they felt threatened when egress was so openly available? At several points he approached those he claimed were a threat to him. Just how dumb is that? Nope, he screwed up. It’s easy to see and for me, impossible to defend.

    Casual Observer
    Guest
    Casual Observer

    Just as much of an idiot as you? Probably not.

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Journalist, Yes you do. You get to go to any public place. You get to defend yourself from any crowd that surrounds you or individual that singles you out because of the color of your skin and threatens you.
    In determining the appropriate level of force, you get to consider the threat to you, your own health condition and disparity of force, if any. Can any of you legal beagles out there come up with the Oregon statute on self defense?
    I think that writing, ” This is not someone that you want to back…” is a cheap attempt at manipulation.

    Tionico
    Guest
    Tionico

    I dunno, I remember a march/protest I joined a couple years back… about two thousand of us visibly armed.
    that “one journalist” was not singled out at random or for no reason.
    when the gang of protestors begin to circle and close in, leaving no escape, what was he supposed to do? Play Zimmerman and let the ghutpunks smash his skull on the sidewalk and throw molotof cocktails at him?

    John
    Guest
    John

    Regardless of why he was there, if he was placed in the position where he was concerned about his life and was legally carrying a concealed weapon, he had every right to draw it to defend himself.

    My Name
    Guest
    My Name

    This will become an expensive lesson for him to educate the liberals on the Constitution. The liberal judge on the other hand, needs to be held accountable by being removed and disciplined.

    AZOCALLDAY
    Guest
    AZOCALLDAY

    How dare a journalist using his first also use his second!

    Your not to bright are you?

    Also he was surrounded numb nuts, they attacked him.

    Cucks like you are the reason for the pussification of America.

    Common Sense
    Guest
    Common Sense

    the video I watched shows that he wasn’t “surrounded”, or else he wouldn’t have been able to back up away from the on-coming crowd…I wasn’t there so I don’t know all of the events leading up to this particular situation. However he was clearly in fear for his own safety and therefore pulled out his gun…I think a little prematurely…but that’s just my thought…also he had ample opportunity to leave, but chose to stay…hmmm…almost enticing the crowd to pursue him wouldn’t you think. Yes, he was there to film the event/protest…but after what he had just done, I think I… Read more »

    Freedom Lover
    Guest
    Freedom Lover

    Why was he carrying so much ammo? There is no point to arguing with idiots, I guess, but how much ammo do police carry? And what journalist comes strapped to document a march? Wow, you sound like a person who really knows their way around the gun world. Strapped. I am surprised you didn’t haul out the term lock and load. What you all forget is that, number one, self defense is a right of a free people. Heard that before, I bet. And number two, if you are covering a protest and are threatened, you of course have reason… Read more »

    William
    Guest
    William

    One who has been attacked and had his arm broken by “peaceful protestors”….

    larry jkelley jr
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    larry jkelley jr

    he has the leagal right to carry as much ammo as he wants there is no law saying you can only carry a certain amount of ammo

    EricS
    Guest
    EricS

    Two things here. One, how much ammo one opts to carry is of no importance. Me, one magazine or full cylinder is enough, others see it differently. Personal freedom in motion.

    Second, what is wrong with carrying AND reporting? Is the carry legal? Yes it was. Is the reporting legal? Yes it was.

    Rob
    Guest
    Rob

    Why are they singling out anyone? Why are a mob of protesters advancing against anyone and pushing them into a corner? Who is really doing the menacing here? This isn’t going to withstand an appeal for one second. He has nothing to worry about. Any state with the castle doctoring and reciprocity would completely exonerate him, and even award him a counter suit and damages. This is going nowhere. The judges days are numbered though.

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Rob, “Who is really doing the managing here?” you ask! I believe it’s the judge!

    Tired
    Guest
    Tired

    You are correct. His gun should have been locked up in a briefcase with a gun lock on the trigger and have just one bullet in his top shirt pocket. We can call him Barney Fife. How is that for dumb (aka liberal). A concealed weapon is for self defense. The level of threat is determined not by the CCW holder but rather by the threatening individual(s). Because of this, you need to be prepared for all levels of threats. The BLM protest have clearly been very violent, they encourage violence, and violate others constitutional rights of movement, etc. If… Read more »

    Colonialgirl
    Guest
    Colonialgirl

    Your screen name is a total lie and your spew shows you are totally ignorant. Now BACK to the Liberal Gun Owners forum and their idiocy.

    Jonesy
    Guest
    Jonesy

    I really don’t see how much ammo he was carrying has a damn thing to do with it. What if he was the good guy in Orlando, Florida where 50 were killed & 53 were injured? Don’t you think if you were the good guy in that crowd, with a concealed carry, trying to shoot the bad guy’s that you would want plenty of ammo? It’s not our business how many rounds a person, cop or civilian, carries – unless they’re the premeditated shooter at a mass shooting scene. And, even then, who the f*ck should care about that, really?… Read more »

    Cork Pine Arms
    Guest
    Cork Pine Arms

    Had it been me, I would have shot. I carry wherever I go with extra mags. These whiny ass liberals are what is wrong with this country. Start shooting and they won’t riot anymore. You come towards me, you WILL be shot.

    EricS
    Guest
    EricS

    Then I’d say you are in poor grasp of self-defense laws and would be in prison. Like them or not, protestors have a right to protest, same Bill of Rights that allows us all to keep and bear. This guy had ample space to retreat from the threat….which really didn’t seem a threat, but hey, what do I know right? Given that not only did he fail to avail himself of an easy way out…walk the phuck away…but at several points he actually approached those he claimed were a threat to him. Your BS bravado gives carriers a bad name.… Read more »

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @Eric S, There is no “Right to Protest”. There is, however, a Right to Peacefully Assemble. Neither peaceful assembly nor protest give them the Right to harm or even touch any other bystander, watcher, reporter, photo journalist, person or animal. Please see Amendment I
    And you must not forget that the analysis of the need to defend one’s self begins in the mind of the person feeling threatened not the intent in the mind the attacker or in this case attackers.

    Mark Hayward
    Guest
    Mark Hayward

    You must be Brain dead if you have not seen how the Soros Funded Anti Trump Anarchists have been attacking and beating Trump supporters unconscious. First of all it’s against the Law to assault people. Thus Stricklin had a Legal right to defend himself from Bodily harm. 90 times out of 100 you can stop an attack or Crime just buy showing a Fire Arm not actually firing it. Having a web site called Laughing at Liberals means the Liberals in Portland will crucify you if they get a chance Defending yourself from an Angry Mob that is ready to… Read more »

    A. Wilson
    Guest
    A. Wilson

    Mr. Hayward, It is indeed against the law to assault people. Every state has its laws and statues addressing these matters. The very same thing exists for the LAWFULL use of a firearm and what permissives must be met in order for a firearm to be lawfully used. With the premise that deadly force used by CIVILIANS is only a last resort in MOST cases, it simply was not the case here. I remind everyone that there is a reason why carrying a firearm concealed is a immense responsibility. Mr. Strickland committed assault when he drew his weapon, even though… Read more »

    Eaglesnester
    Guest
    Eaglesnester

    You sir are either illiterate or stupid. He TRIED TO RETREAT BUT WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BY THE MOB SURROUNDING HIM. If he had not pulled his weapon he would have been severally assaulted or even killed. By drawing his weapon he got the mobs attention and avoided further escalation. Only an idiot would advance on an armed individual with a side arm pointed at him or her. He clearly used restraint and diffused the situation. If he is convicted Trump must pardon him and expunge his record. Furthermore 20 feet is too close for a hostile mob surrounding you,… Read more »

    Roland
    Guest
    Roland

    This is a ludicrous statement. This man was undoubtedly threatened and assaulted. People in the crowd were chanting get him. Really, Why should their opinion be correct. This is libtard logic at its best. You only have the right to protest if you agree with them. You all need a safe place, companion pets, and pacifiers. Wake up, Grow up.
    I defend your right to free speech. Why do you not respect mine.

    Aardvark
    Guest
    Aardvark

    Mr. Wilson – He didn’t “use” his firearm, he showed it. He didn’t use “deadly force” either. That would require him to fire the weapon. The liberal judges in our country are violating their positions by ruling according to their ideology rather than what the law requires. Look at the federal judges that are blocking President Trumps temporary travel bans, which exceeds their authority and violates the President’s Constitutional authority.

    max
    Guest
    max

    I would have done the same think. what is being left out is that these blm a’holes kept going after him even after he pulled his weapon told them to back up and was trying to leave. most people when having a weapon pointed at them would stop and let that person leave unless the where going to beat the piss out of him or worse. I think that if he wouldn’t have pulled his weapon the would have cornered him and stomped the piss out of him. What the sad part is that these events are happening all over… Read more »

    Wild Bill
    Guest
    Wild Bill

    @A Wilson, Your analysis can not begin at “With the premise that deadly force used by CIVILIANS is only a last resort in MOST cases,…” because that is a false premise. As a general proposition of law the proper premise is that one (civilian, soldier, policeman or any other category of human being) can only use deadly force to meet deadly force.

    Hank
    Guest
    Hank

    The only thing he did wrong is not pull the trigger on those pricks. And not having an AR15 with a 30rd mag.

    Randolph Scott
    Guest
    Randolph Scott

    right answer.

    Mike
    Guest
    Mike

    You are correct on both observations Hank. Given the climate today, there 2 sets of rules. The rules for cupcakes/snowflakes, and the rules US which don’t apply. Their former community organizer chief has pussified them. Sad, sad, sad.

    Jon Brown
    Guest
    Jon Brown

    Mae is obviously a wacko. It is the logical reaction of sane people. If Mae was being threatened she would do the same.. To assume he was “afraid ” of black people is racist to start with. Mae hasn’t been in fear for her life at any time so she is talking from ignorance. The left don’t get it until crime is visited on them. Crawl back in your cave.

    Anthony W.
    Guest
    Anthony W.

    That’s not race baiting. He is right. The law is clear, he had a way out by simply leaving the area post haste. I would have charged him also. CCW holders know that you don’t draw unless there is imminent harm about to come to you and THERE IS NO OTHER WAY to defend yourself except to use deadly force. Carrying a firearm is a privilege. If abused this has extreme consequences. Race had NOTHING to do with this. Shame on you for saying if the races were reversed you would have done the same thing. You are wrong to… Read more »

    WisdomLost
    Guest
    WisdomLost

    I would be scared of any mob advancing on me. Who cares what color your attacker is? Bodily harm feels the same no matter who does it.

    The right to defend yourself isn’t dependant upon who you defend against. I’m sure he would have done the same if the mob looked like him.

    Adam
    Guest
    Adam

    A crowd that commits arson, vandalism, and assault isn’t a protest – it’s a violent mob.

    A violent mob is a violent mob, regardless of race.

    Jim
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    Jim

    sure – but that is not what is happening here. I can’t side with Stickland on this one. He had more than time to simply walk away.

    Freedom Lover
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    Freedom Lover

    But when he was in a lawful place, doing something legal, he has no duty to walk away, especially when doing the job of a journalist covering the event. Why is it that people on the left want all of the rights that they can get as guaranteed by the constitution, for themselves, but they don’t think that anyone with an opinion different than theirs should have them? Or that someone simply reporting on what was going on should also not have any freedom. Tell me again how tolerant the left is.

    Jimi
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    Jimi

    Right On! He has the SAME RIGHTS AS COWARDLY PROTESTERS that need a crowd to back them up.

    James
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    James

    Bingo, do as I say, not as I do.

    Jack
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    Jack

    JIM: “time to simply walk away.”

    When we walk away….WE LOSE THE COUNTRY.

    You, keep coming, and pushing….Then there are no options…CAN YOU GUESS WHAT HAPPENS?

    Tracy Barbee
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    Tracy Barbee

    We have the right to bear arms. It is not reckless behavior for the individual to keep pursuing the ccw holder after being asked to step back out of his personal space. It looked to me that the ccw holder(Mike Strickland) returned his gun to the guns holster, when asked to put his gun away from a on looker trying to keep things from escalating. While a gentlemen from the crowd still continued to pursue the ccw holder (Mike Strickland) after being asked to step back. What about Mike Strickland’s right’s? Not to feel like he is being targeted for… Read more »

    Jonesy
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    Jonesy

    I had some pretty darn good stuff up above. I thought it out. When I think it’s about 3 sides that I look at, kinda like his side, her side and the truth. Like I said up above, the judge in this case was full of bullshit and way To Hard on the guy. The judge could’ve ruled over the jury and not take their recommendation, RIGHT? It’s not on us to judge if we don’t know what he felt, “HE FELT”. If he felt threatened then he did the right thing. He didn’t “recklessly” discharge in the air –… Read more »

    OGDROID
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    OGDROID

    This IDIOT got what he deserved!!!! Even the video shows “This FOOL” is not surrounded. The only race baiters here are the stupid sites like this one. Yes, I am for the 2nd Amendment but not for FOOLS like this guy.

    You also have undercover in this video, what the hell are you and this crackhead blogger not see??

    Ignorant people on this thread, please go and get a life JUSTICE was SERVED!!!!! Too bad get over it and get a life.

    OGDROID!!!

    Chris
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    Chris

    Your gun should be a last resort not to just be pulled cuz some one twenty feet away is arguing with u plus he could had walked away but then again u probably feel trayvon deserve to die too cuz anybody who make u feel uncomfortable should b shot right? BLACK LIVES MATTER REAL TALK

    Chris
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    Chris

    Enough of the fing BLM already. All lives matter. Black guns matter. Go sign a petition to ban black targets. Real talk. Keep it one hunned. Stay woke. Throwing shade. & all that other stupid bullsh*t. 2 fingers. No actually 1 finger

    The Old Coach
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    The Old Coach

    Twenty feet away means the threat can be on top of you in less than two seconds. Couple that with verbal threats, and a sane and prudent man WOULD display his firearm.

    What’s really criminal here is that the prosecutor has thrown the book at the guy for political reasons, pure and simple.

    Freedom Lover
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    Freedom Lover

    Old Coach. You are obviously someone familiar with firearms and the rights to self defense and how they are legally applied. You need to stop talking sense here, many of these people on the left, who pretend that they are all for the 2nd amendment, only mean that they are all for the 2nd amendment for the elite, not the regular people, like you and me.

    Dogrescue2017
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    Dogrescue2017

    Enough with all the BLM crap and that thug trayvon (if i had a son he definitely would not look like that fool). The BLM fools out there protesting will turn violent in a second and god forbid if you are just an innocent white person that happens to be in the area. He had a right to carry and if he felt his life was threatened then pull the damn gun cause those fools will run like scared little rabbits. All talk and no guts when a gun is pulled on the fools. The biggest mistake Strickland made is… Read more »

    David
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    David

    Trayvon was beating Zimmerman’s head into a concrete curb. The shooting was justified.

    Aardvark
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    Aardvark

    It takes a man 1.5 seconds to run 21 feet (Tueller Drill). That doesn’t leave much time to pull your shirt up, unholster your weapon, and bring it on target. You need to accept the truth Chris. BLM is a racist and violent group, funded by the likes of the communist George Soros. Causing violence in masses, burning and looting independent businesses, and throwing bottles and bricks at cops, is NOT a protest; it is a riot!

    Saddletramp
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    Saddletramp

    Here is the truth from someone who might be considered on the ultra – right. Watch the video again. This journalist had plenty of room behind him to withdraw and leave the area if he felt endangered. Only a fool will stand and fight if he can retreat when he is greatly outnumbered. He who retreats may live to fight another day. Those with a CCW permit are aware that brandishing can vary from state to state. It may be a misdemeanor or it may be a felony. BTW, brandishing as defined is displaying a weapon in a threatening manner… Read more »

    Chris
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    Chris

    WORD REAL TALK

    Jet
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    Jet

    Mae, you are a moron and a racist ahole. This guy had every right to display his firearm. EVERYONE knows what a scumbag organization BLM is and how violent they are. This guy’s case will be appealed and he will win!

    Tom
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    Tom

    Justice not served. He shot no one. Cops would have pulled their weapons too. His appeal will prove this.

    Tama Paine
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    Tama Paine

    So what you’re saying is that since his choice of self defense methods kept the violent mob from continuing to advance on him and attack him he was a fool. Rather than someone for whom this self defense method was effective. What would have made him a non-fool in your eyes? Having his camera smashed? Allowing blows with fists? With metal poles? Kicks? Knives? At what point in that chain of events would he have qualified to signal and defend a safe space around him? I am a woman, and words like yours chill me to the marrow because they… Read more »

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    nice to see what an idiot and total moron you are OGDROID; now back to your safe space outhouse toilet hole and your brown playdoh. You have AMPLY demonstrated that you ARE a totally ignorant moron and left winger troll.
    A liberal JUDGE screwed him much they did to many people during the French Revolution where they sent them off to the Guillotine. This “judge” betrayed his oath of office, ignored all the laws and ruled from his ass. Justice was RAPED in this case.

    Jack Peek Sr
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    Jack Peek Sr

    Maybe, it the cancer of “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” is why we are such cowards not to see the evil in front of us now,and not try to KILL IT. TRUMP, is trying to kill it….by putting us FIRST. The PC AHOLES, THE ESTABLISHMENT old line DEMORATS , THE OLD ESTABLISHMENT DEMORATS AND RINOS….see the lobby money going away, then there is the 44th POTUS…who is lurking now….just flat dedicated to stopping what we voted for….HE IS THE DEVIL….or his brother. In small moves…WE ARE WAKING UP, I must be 100 percent honest, I think its to late…WE ARE AT WAR…no options… Read more »

    Charlie
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    Charlie

    Not true Charlene. Far more whites are murdered by black people than there are blacks murdered by whites.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Mae, But hey, it might not be the law. The judge said that he could not consider the crowd. That does not comport with the Law of Self Defense generally, We need to see the Oregon statute and case law. The judge may have erred.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    the judge DID err… deliberatly. A signficant numbr of aggressors coming against one individual constitutes, under the law “disparity of force” and when brought against someone, justifies the use of lethal force.

    This judge blew it, plain and simple, but he’s got a personal agenda, a point to prove. It would be interesting to learn more of his history and past legal “decisions”.

    Fightthescumbags
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    Fightthescumbags

    We should all go surround the judge in a scary manner and see if he pulls his gun.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    watch the vids again. There are plenty of non black folk there, menacing him.

    When will you grow up and support yourself instead of sucking off of Soros and his ilk?

    Savtru
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    Savtru

    Mae…. You have NO CLUE on what you’re babbling about….He is NOT afraid of black people. He is a journalist covering a story. These “black” people you talk of, are actually terrorists! YES I said that. They go around TERRORIZING people and vandalizing property. They have NO clue why they’re there. Believe it or not, some are actually paid RIOTERS. Wake up and smell the coffee Snowflake! Quit being a sheep and listening to these Liberal Idiots!

    Mike
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    Mike

    Clearly you lawless political hacks and thugs have taken over and corrupted our judiciary system. People like you are dangerous to America trying to silence a law abiding citizen for rightfully defending his life because the thugs were intimidating him and advancing on him to cause serious harm. How you people live with yourselves playing against the laws set in this country disgusts me.

    Jack Jackson
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    Jack Jackson

    They are black panthers, who are some of the most violent thugs in the country; they scare politicians and police because they never seem to get charged for their crimes.

    Jim
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    Jim

    He hasn’t been sentenced yet and I don’t think much of what the author says is accurate. Also, whatever sentence he gets for each count will run concurrently making it functionally the same as getting convicted of one charge

    D
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    D

    I hope you are right but in OR it is a 5 year minimum per charge, mandated by the “get tough on crime” far right. Jordan Page’s song “Pendulum” is spot on. Mike is a personal friend, a great journalist and he is being singled out to stop his reporting. The cop that arrested him admitted he did everything right. Mike had been attacked previously shoulder dislocated, arm broken in several places, camera stolen.

    I believe every word in this report is accurate, you can follow it on Victoria Tafr FB page

    MMinLamesa
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    MMinLamesa

    F you-you’ve got your head up your ass. Absolutely no point in debating.

    Jack
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    Jack

    He is clearly scared of black ppl. Well yes….100’s of videos now showing 5-6 or more beating the shit of of one person….BLACK OR WHITE…so, when left with that chance…YOU PULL IT OUT.

    johnny sako
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    johnny sako

    You don’t get to play both sides. In most states, a group of thugs trying to intimidate a person in a public place would be charged with disorderly conduct or assault. Washington DC is pressing felony rioting charges for the Inauguration Day protest. Freedom of speech does not translate into “I can do whatever I want because I’m a protester”. He was clearly fearful and it had nothing to do with what race those thugs are. Keep playing the race angle, it worked so well in the last election.

    Steve Barley
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    Steve Barley

    You are such an ass! What should he lay on the ground and hope they tickle him? He was protecting himself! It didnt matter the color of the people, the matter was he was threatened and in fear of his life! You are just ignorant! TI would have just opened fire!

    Papa
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    Papa

    Seriously Mae? So if you go somewhere and folks start talking about harming you and they surround you then you shouldn’t defend yourself. I think your true Nazi name should be Mae-Zedong. You a special kind of stupid. please don’t reproduce.

    Larrykelleyjr
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    Larrykelleyjr

    But over 90% of the BLK people are there to raise he’ll. Not to have a peaceful protest. It’s kind of strange how the police show up when they here someone has a gun. But why are they not there when you have all those thugs that have there face covered. And they have sticks,baseball bats. Metal pipes and then they start doing damage to property. And the police are nowhere to be found. Just like the dumb ads people that go out on the freeway or interstate and block traffic. First off there is a law that says people… Read more »

    wushaw
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    wushaw

    you’re an ignorant person, which means uninformed… if you have the right to carry a gun (legally) in any state, and you feel threatened you are within your right to draw your weapon to diffuse the situation, or end it, anytime you’re in a situation where you are surrounded and being pursued by a mob, this scenario goes into affect. Whether it’s blacks, whites, or any nationality, it has absolutely nothing to do with race it’s protection of your well being, once it becomes more than one person, you have the right (in Texas anyway) to use deadly force, and… Read more »

    JoeThePimpernel
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    JoeThePimpernel

    Jesse Jackson is scared of black people too.

    “There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” – Jesse Jackson

    Should Jesse Jackson withdraw from his racial extortion enterprises?

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    And you are clearly a left winger idiot, turd and moron spewing your laod of idiocy.

    bill knight
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    bill knight

    Bitch come into my ‘hood and say tha we’ll see who’s scared!

    Barry
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    Barry

    Your the idiot here they were threatening him with his life and your saying he shouldn’t have the ability to defend himself, tell me though guy what exactly was he suppose to do take the beating like a man? It’s too bad he didn’t kill a few of them because he seems like he’s been charged like he did, come down here in the South and do that, black, white, yellow or red they only thing that’s going to get spilled is they’re blood, play with fire and you may get burnt, it’s time for Orergonites to vote idiots who… Read more »

    Phil
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    Phil

    How did this site get so many Communist on it? Do you think if you got pulled over by a cop and you threatened him, he would keep backing up without drawing his weapon? No, at some point you would get shot! Citizens have the same right to defend themselves if they feel threatened! You DO NOT have to wait until you have been shot or beaten to defend yourself! What a bunch of Communist we have in this country!

    Michael Edward Loflin
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    Michael Edward Loflin

    If the GOA and NRA are worth a penny. They will step up and help defend this guy.

    Dahrkheart
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    Dahrkheart

    Stupid it was a planned, and stagged by the Guy In all Black. I have him and 3 other faces that were circling him I can tell you have no ideal how this group is being paid. You really need to study more of this BLM’s marches and LOOK WHO the Mouth pcs. is and the look around and see if you don’t see the same folks going after reporters and get a good look a few are wearing earpuds from their walkie talkies if you look are under their coats . Learn to open your eyes and ears before… Read more »

    William Harrington
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    William Harrington

    Mae, what would YOU have done in the same situation. Do not judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

    Kent.san
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    Kent.san

    You’re a f-ing moron.

    Tommie
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    Tommie

    You are the Idiot! The man is a reporter, he has been attacked before and had his arm broken in the last attack. He has a concealed handgun license. Was he in fear? No doubt. Was he “scared of black ppl” Maybe, maybe not! I don’t know the man and I wasn’t there and I doubt that you were either. The Black Panther guy, who minutes earlier was calling on the group of people at the rally to pull a gun and “put a cap in their ass” (to coin the phrase). Would you NOT be a little apprehensive then,… Read more »

    Jay Hanig
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    Jay Hanig

    Here’s a solution that should satisfy everyone: No reporter should cover any protest in the future. Nobody’s. Use somebody else to get your message out because the present way is too dangerous. Plus it will cause the most heated among us to chill, seeing as how they wouldn’t be constantly goaded by the press.

    Hey, you might throw a party or two where nobody attended but you have to give a little to get a little, right?