A 107-year-old man in Arkansas died after SWAT team members fired tear gas and 30 shots into his home. Monroe Isadore, a resident of Pine Bluff, was apparently shot because he owned a handgun and was not willing to move out of his house.
The incident began when Isadore and his granddaughter got into a fight. The granddaughter wanted Isadore to move from the house to an apartment, and the old man did not. At some point Isadore pulled the handgun, and his granddaughter called the police.
When police realized that Isadore had a gun and had fired at them, they called in the SWAT team. The SWAT team’s only response to Isadore’s behavior was to fire tear gas into his house, but reports reveal that Isadore was actually blind and nearly deaf. His friends doubt that he would be able to even shoot at the SWAT team with any accuracy.
A negotiator was apparently present at the scene, but the negotiation wasn’t effective. Instead, highly trained and heavily militarized police were deployed against a 107-year-old man. This outrage should show us the dangers of SWAT teams and militarized police. In the past, Anthony Gucciardi has also reported on how SWAT teams raided tomatoes on a farm thinking that they were illegal marijuana plants.
A Victim of Anti-Gun Hysteria
In Arkansas, the elderly are apparently regarded as a threat to public safety. Obviously, a 107-year-old man—even one with a handgun that he probably had a legal right to own—is no threat to the community.
Monroe Isadore wasn’t just a victim of police militarization; he was also a victim of anti-gun hysteria. Any gun not in the hands of the police is now regarded as evil and a threat to the community in America.
The chilling message this incident sends to average Americans is clear. Exercise your second amendment rights and the police will think they have a right to call out the SWAT team and shoot you.
Incidents like this also show the hypocrisy of gun-control activists. If assault weapons and high powered semiautomatic pistols are so dangerous, why are the police allowed to have them? Perhaps what we need is gun control for SWAT teams and police departments rather than efforts to disarm the public.
Persons that doubt the danger SWAT teams and anti-gun hysteria pose to average Americans should read Radley Balko’s excellent book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. It shows exactly how militarized the police have become and exposes some of the hypocrisy behind gun control arguments.