It takes a big man to admit he’s wrong. Earlier this week, while covering the Renisha McBride shooting, I had the opinion that the homeowner would probably only get charged with negligently discharging a firearm. I should have also included involuntary manslaughter, but didn’t. Boy was I wrong. Michigan’s Wayne County prosecutor announced today that Theodore Paul Wafer will be charged with 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, and a weapons charge. The severity of those charges are no doubt a result of the pressure from black activists like Al Sharpton (more on that in a second).
I did, however, accurately predict that McBride was under the influence. Toxicology reports released yesterday showed the she was nearly three-times over the legal limit for alcohol and had marijuana in her system.
Just to refresh your memory: McBride was driving drunk and crashed into a parked car. She left the scene of the accident and showed up Wafer’s doorstep. Thinking someone was trying to break in, he grabbed his shotgun. He claims it accidentally went off, killing McBride. Because McBride was black and Wafer is white, her family and national black activists have been calling this a hate crime.
The reason why I call these charges severe is because prosecutors have no evidence to support a second-degree murder charge. All they have is Wafer’s statement and a 911 call. Wafer called just after the shooting and said he might have accidentally shot someone. That’s it.
I don’t know what actually happened, but I can envision Wafer’s story: He sleeping when he hears someone trying to break in. He gets up and grabs his shotgun to investigate. He’s groggy and forgets the major gun safety rule to keep you finger off of the trigger. He inadvertently fires a shot and a woman is tragically killed. The fact that McBride was zonked out of her mind only supports an accidental death story.
I saw Mr. Wafer’s front door on the news. It looks like he actually fired the shotgun through the door. This would lend credence to the accident story and remove the racial motivation unless he has x-ray vision. One of our astute Downtrend readers noted that he was just doing what VP Joe Biden told him to do. If you remember during the gun control debate earlier this year, Joe said people don’t need AR-15s to protect themselves, and suggested that we just fire our shotguns through our front doors to fend off intruders. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Wafer uses the “Shotgun Joe” defense and even calls the Veep to testify?
The media is also complicit in perpetuating the myth that this shooting was racially motivated. Watch the news tonight and see how many times reporters posit the race question and try to link it to the Trayvon Martin case. Another thing the media is trying to do is paint Wafer as a criminal gun owner. Notice how they mention the additional gun charge? They want you to think he was illegally in possession of a weapon, but that is not true. In Michigan when a person uses a firearm to commit a felony there is an automatic additional charge added.
Police and prosecutors have said over and over that they don’t believe the shooting was racially motivated, yet they’ve gone ahead with a murder charge that will be nearly impossible to make stick. Prosecutors generally like to win so they don’t usually “over charge” a crime. The only reason I can see for the second-degree murder charge is because they have bowed to the pressure from activists and the family to bring justice to a pretend hate crime.