Pro-gun Advocate Shot Dead by Friend: The 'Self-Defense' Argument
January 17, 2016 Ben Hayden / Daily Kos & YouTube
Charles Carter and Vincent Smith were right-wing extremists planning a "Paul Revere 2016 Final March to Restore America" -- a cross-country caravan to "remove the corrupt leadership that has taken over our beloved country and ousted her God and constitution."The tour was cancelled after Smith shot and killed Carter during a drunken confrontation. Plus: A collection of videos document how guns can both endanger and protect gun-owners.
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In Drunken Gun Fight Ben Hayden / Daily Kos
(January 13, 2016) -- Charles Carter and Vincent Smith were right-wing extremists planning a "Paul Revere 2016 Final March to Restore America"-- a cross-country caravan to "remove the corrupt leadership that has taken over our beloved country and ousted her God and constitution."
On Monday, police in Grayson County, Texas reported one person was dead as the result of a gunshot wound to the head. Although they didn't name the victim or the suspect, Raw Story notes that right-wingers on Facebook were quick to identify the victim as Charles Carter and the shooter as Vincent Smith:
I'm sad to forward this message Charles Carter was one true red blooded American who loved this country and his brothers and sisters in arms. Attached is a letter from a very close friend of his about what happened spread the word.
Dear friends it's my dearest regrets to have to share this heart breaking new with you tonight. That OUR fellow patriot and brother Charles Carter is no longer with us . He gone to be with Jesus. Today killed by a fellow patriot Vincent Smith. Who was suppose to be his brother in arms and friend. Please keep this in the group for now it's my job as next to kin. To make sure I take care of the claiming of the body and arrangements. With his family.
Please pray for our family and friends in this time of need and prayers. He was was my most proud and loyal friend of over 11yrs. And hS stood by my side every inch of the way with me and my little boy. He will truly be missed.
-- Charles Carter 10/25/71-1-11-16 RIP BROTHER.
One of Vincent's friends share the alleged events on Facebook: Bill Williamson: It was self defense Charles was PM ing me minutes before he attacked Vincent. Charles pulled Vincent Smith gun from Vincent holster and pointed at Vincent. He was drunk and Vincent shot Charles with a spare gun that he was caring. Vincent called me minutes after the Marshal left. The Marshall ruled it self defense.
Local news reported there were no arrests: The Grayson County Sheriff's Office says the homeowner was detained and questioned by authorities about the shooting, but no arrests were made at the time, and only the homeowner and the victim were involved.
Over the weekend, after news began circulating of infighting amongst right-wing extremists over the Y'all Qaeda tactics in Oregon, Charles Carter took to Facebook with a message to the "patriot movement" to quit fighting each other:
CharlesCarter pleads with right-wing activists to stop the infighting. January 13, 2016
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