Walmart shopper Sherry McLain claims that she was in the most desperate and terrifying fear for her life, when a man she didn’t know asked her to borrow her lighter while never getting within 10 feet of her. She immediately pulled her gun and pointed it at him, threatening to murder him. The man had just bought a pack of cigarettes in the store, and needed a light. But you know, he was black so that is a different story.
This is the culmination of the culture of fear and paranoia fostered by Republicans and the NRA. “Everyone” is out to murder you so you have to murder them first, because ‘Murica.
Witnesses confirmed this and security video showed the man, who we could not reach for comment, never got closer than 10 feet to McLane.
When she pulled the gun, he ran back into the store to call 911.
When the man ran away and back inside the store, that was not enough to make McLain feel safe again. She continued pointing the gun at him while getting many other shoppers in her gun sights as well.
Others witnesses agreed. “Clearly this is an example of gunowner who doesn’t need to own a gun,” said Keeley Benoit.
Her 7-year-old son and his grandmother found themselves in McLain’s cross hairs as the man ran past them at the Walmart.
“When she looked up the gun was being pointed at the three of them and the lady says I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to kill you,” said Benoit.
What really can be said about this, that it doesn’t say already on its own? What more can be added that has not been said a million times already? Thankfully McLain did not start wildly firing into the crowd willy-nilly hoping to murder the scary innocent person that was fleeing for his life. She has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, yet she still is incapable of understanding that what she did was wrong, and insists she is the real victim.
McLain had these comments regarding her arrest:
This guy is the bad guy, and I’m the one walking in handcuffs walking away.
What are we supposed to do, if we can’t protect ourselves?
Truly, what will our society become if Black people are allowed to ask white people to borrow their cigarette lighter? We might as well just let the terrorists win.
Watch the interview with the woman who is the poster child for not being qualified to own a gun below:
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