Tucson victim justifies his arrest for threatening tea party member

Tucson's interestingly named TV station, KGUN9, provides an update on J. Eric Fuller, one of the thankfully lightly wounded Tucson victims, later carted off for psychiatric observation after pointing a camera and threatening "You're dead" to a Tea Party leader at a public forum on the incident. A worker for liberal causes, Fuller glibly explained he was merely

trying to make a point about how easy access to guns makes it easy to kill.

"Where Gabrielle Giffords was standing, when I began hearing the gunfire, I turned and looked and there was Jared [Loughner], athletically pumping out the rounds, taking aim and firing," Fuller recalled. For him, the memory of the shooting is fresh and sharp. So sharp, it got him into trouble.

He already believed guns are too easy to obtain when he became one of the shooting victims January 8th.

And so the ritual, glib apology he believes will exonerate him, glorify him even.

"I'd like to reiterate my apology to Mr. Humphries. I really meant him no harm. However, what I was trying to do is demonstrate how very quickly within the same space of time as the click of a shutter on a camera that another person can pull a trigger and your life is over, it's done," Fuller said.

Asked why he was sent for psychiatric evaluation, the ever glib Fuller answered

"That's true, and this might in some people's mind discredit me, Craig, from what I'm saying, what I'm espousing, what I'm advocating. But, that's their decision to make," Fuller responded.

Fuller said he wants to work against assault weapons, and regards a handgun as an assault weapon if it has a high capacity clip like the one used in the mass shooting.


Fuller said he wants to see severe penalties for what he sees as advocating the assassination of an elected official. When asked to clarify, he said he was talking about the sort of violent imagery used in politics, like an ad that put cross hairs on Gabrielle Giffords congressional district as well as several others.

Is he opposed to the "violent imagery" he used in his recent institutionalizing as Fuller said "You're dead" while pointing an imaginary gun?

And speaking from experience, Fuller seemingly without irony, spoke about another aspect of his recent experience.

"And another thing we need is to expand mental health facilities, not cut back on them. It's cruel to put people who are mentally ill in jail," Fuller added.

True. They belong in psychiatric facilities.