Re: Big Banjo
Or a black man jogging through a white neighborhood?
A black man jogging through a white neighborhood before lunging at a man carrying a gun which had been pointed at the floor in a non-threatening manner. FTFY.
Skin colour is irrelevant here, if you're legally holding a loaded gun passively and someone is angrily trying to take that from you then you're well within your rights to assume they mean to shoot you with it. As long as the gun is pointed down and not at someone, then its not posing a threat, and attacking the person holding it is predictably going to end up with you being shot.
I mean really, what do you think the guy carrying the gun should have done? Let the angry guy take it from him? To do what with it? As soon as the jogger attacked the guy carrying the gun someone was going to get shot, at that point the only question was which one of them. If the gun is legally held and legally carried than moralizing about gun rights is irrelevant - it becomes simple self defence when attacked.
The problem in this instance is the survivors were within their rights to carry the guns, and to perform a citizens arrest on someone they perceived as matching the description of being wanted suspect. The dead guy is well within his rights to object to what he perceives as racist behavior; he is not within his rights to attempt to seize their firearms by force. Send along a white guy to try to take one of the assault rifles by force from one of the black panthers now patrolling the area and he's gonna get shot; he'd get shot if he were black too.
Despite the excessive faux moralizing over this, put any reasonable person of any race in the situation holding the weapon and anyone of any race in the position of the stranger trying to forcibly take it from them, and the end result will be the same.