This situation made us laugh. It also made us realize that some people just don’t “get” when it is the right or wrong time to pull out a gun. Right time…your life is being threatened or the life of someone you’re with is being threatened. You’re being robbed. There’s an intruder in your home. There is an active shooter situation. Wrong time…you witness a street fight and throw down some “warning shots.”
Let’s give a brief run-down of what happened in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Two group home workers were chasing down a client who broke away from them while on an outing. It just so happens that the two group home workers were black, and the client was white. I mention their race only because the man who pulled out his gun, Daniel Ray Brown, commented that seeing two black men “attack” the white man made him think it was more serious than it was. The race issue was brought up in the subsequent trial.
Brown was having lunch with his mother at a McDonald’s in a mall last March. All of the clients of this group home in question have behavioral and intellectual issues. One of the workers, Frederick Morgan, When the men ran past the McDonald’s in pursuit of the client, Brown got involved by telling his mother to call 911, and pulling out his handgun. He pointed his gun at the group and ordered them to produce identification.
One of the group home workers, Frederick Morgan, testified that he urged Brown to put the gun away. Brown did not heed that request to disarm. Not only did he not put his gun away, Brown fired into the ground about 4 feet in front of where he stood. Here’s the thing…Brown’s mother called 911 and told them that a fight was in progress. But when they get to the scene, they see, and hear, Brown firing his gun. That ramps up the police response right away. The office who responded, JR Huffman, a 17-year veteran, responded to the scene with his own gun drawn, not sure what was going on or who was attacking who.
Here’s what Guns Today readers ought to keep in mind…never get involved in someone else’s fight. That fight was not in danger of impacting Brown and his mother in any significant way other than disrupting their lunch. Now what happened? They ended up on trial!
Brown had a gun and three or four knives on him which were seized. He was charged with two misdemeanors for assault by pointing a gun and firing within city limits. He was found guilty and appealed, which led to the dropping of the assault conviction. The judge fined Brown $100 and revoked his concealed carry permit. We have to say, we think that judge made the right decision. sounds like this Mr Brown doesn’t know when to leave his gun in its holster and not get involved in other people’s business.