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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Reporter reduces a senior citizen to tears for defending himself

Rebecca Aguilar ambushed 70-year-old James Walton as he walked to his car. She stood over him, berating him for shooting and killing someone who tried to break into his house, asking,
"Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?"

James Walton was reduced to tears, while she looked down on him with flagrant indifference.



Here's the backstory.
James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in the 2000 block of Chalk Hill Road in West Dallas, was alerted to the intruder when his motion sensor system activated about 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Mr. Walton, who also lives at his business, went downstairs with a shotgun and fired at a man who had broken in. The intruder was later identified by police as Jimmy Gannon of Ferris.

Police said Mr. Walton also noticed another man outside Sunday. Mr. Walton shot and wounded that man. He escaped, but a witness eventually led police to him. The man, whom police did not immediately identify, was questioned by officers Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Gannon, 37, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he died.

Police said Mr. Walton is allowed to protect his property. No charges were filed against him Sunday, though the case will be referred to a grand jury, police said.

"He's got a right to defend his property. What gives a stranger the right to go in and vandalize or burglarize his business?" said Dallas police Sgt. Gene Reyes. "He's within every legal right to do this."

Mr. Walton could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Dallas police Sgt. Andrew Harvey said he doesn't believe anything was stolen from Mr. Walton's business on Sunday.

On Sept. 22, Mr. Walton shot and killed a man he saw climbing through a pried-open window of his business, police said. The intruder was later identified as Raul Laureles. That incident also was referred to a grand jury.

Aguilar, who has since been suspended (and was just named one of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists' Broadcast Journalists of the Year), apparently thought this would be a good opportunity to bully a senior citizen.

What Ms. Aguilar did not find significant was that Mr. Walton called the police 42 times to report break-ins, and also that his place of business is also his home. She also didn't point out that she is strongly anti-gun. Apparently, this "professional" is unable to keep her bias out of her journalism.

I have to say, I think that what she did to this man is despicable. I don't own a gun (yet), but you can bet your ass that if someone broke into my house and I was armed, I would shoot them in a heartbeat. My goal would not necessarily be to kill, but if I did, too bad -- they shouldn't have broken in. I wouldn't sit there to wait and find out whether or not an intruder caused me harm. How is one supposed to determine whether or not a criminal is going to be dangerous to you? If you've called the police and they haven't been arriving in a timely fashion, then what other option do you have? To wait and see if this criminal breaking into your home is going to cause you physical harm or not? To just cooperate and pray he doesn't hurt you? Or should you defend yourself, with deadly force if necessary? Sgt. Reyes said it himself -- he has a right to defend himself and his property, which he did, and I applaud him for that.

And while Ms. Aguilar has every right to do a piece on the story if she so chooses, it is more than a little unprofessional to go into the story with a pre-set bias, and look to humiliate the man, and ultimately make him cry. She didn't report the facts; she tried to make the law-abiding citizen the bad guy and the criminal the good guy (typical for a liberal). Why she hasn't been fired already is beyond me.

Feel free to contact Aguilar's superiors about this if you so choose:

News director: Maria.Barrs@foxtv.com

Vice President and General Manager: Kathy.Saunders@foxtv.com


Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

4 comments:

Angry White Guy said...

"Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?"

My reply would have been "No, and you're REALLY lucky that's the case right now..."

Francis W. Porretto said...

Ah, the "deciders" at work. By their lights, the law-abiding have no right to use force for any reason, but criminals have a right to feel safe as they go about their predations. Equally clearly, this "journalist" saw no harm in brutally imposing her prejudices on a man who acted entirely within the law to defend himself and what was honestly his.

No doubt Tony Martin would understand the "logic" here.

REB said...

The video is gone. YouTube is easily bullied into removing clips if someone complains of copyright infringement. I imagine the TV station complained, because they were getting too much bad feedback.

Pity I missed it.

Gothguy said...

Well, damn it, the vid is gone, but ditto what AWG said!