EYE OF THE BEHOLDER  2:54 pm June 13, 2012

We Guess There Is Just No Way To Know What Is Going On In This Self-Taped Stand Your Ground Video

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

It was good of Raul Rodriguez to carry a video camera (and a weapon) when he went to confront his dickhole drunk neighbors because their music was too loud. Otherwise how would we ever know that as he tells police dispatchers he is in fear for his life and will have to shoot the (elementary school teacher) neighbor, that neighbor is standing 20 feet away with his arms raised?

Many questions are raised from this: In those last few seconds, DID those guys charge him? (Don’t know! Rodriguez conveniently drops the camera just in time to shoot.) When does “premeditated” start? Is it when he tells them like 50 times he will shoot them, and that he is in fear of his life, and tells dispatch he is going to have defend himself instead of, you know, going home? Is “more guns” really always the best answer? (America, fuck yeah!) And just how easy is it to become an elementary school teacher in Texas?

Suss it all out amongst yourselves, in the comments. This kitchen floor isn’t going to lie on itself! [KHOU]

 

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nounverb911 June 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

GET OFF MY LAWN!

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

No, my OTHER lawn!

imissopus June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

GET OFF YOUR LAWN!

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Um … he was over at the neighbour's house — yelling at them to get off their OWN damn lawn.

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

GET OFF MY OTHER LAWN!

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I'll bet he has a bumper sticker that says "My OTHER Lawn Is YOUR LAWN."

slowhansolo June 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Look, he went through all the trouble to walk onto the guy's property, no way he was leaving without plugging someone. What the hell's wrong with you people?

Antispandex June 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Many people who are 20 feet away with their arms raised are a threat. Like Bin Laden. OK, not him anymore, but lots.

ph7 June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The Village People = Public Enemy #1.

ChernobylSoup June 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

You can only shoot the Village People during "C" and "M." During "Y" and "A" they are clearly not threatening.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Then why do I FEEL so threatened, and 2nd Amendmant Loving?

UnholyMoses June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The Village People ≠ Public Enemy

Ain't no way Chuck D puts on a biker's outfit. Flav, on the other hand …

mormos June 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

yeah, his neighbor could have been wearing a suicide vest. How was Raul supposed to know that a man in t-shirt, shorts, and sandals(?) (hard to make out) with his arms raised above his head wasn't a dangerous threat.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

SANDALS? Clear danger sign, there. I hear Alinsky-ite terrorists favor sandals above all other footgear.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Anytime I see something like this, I reach for my weapon.

TSFW = TOTES Safe For Work.

emmelemm June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

That improved my day by at least 37%.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I hate to admit it but I'm a sucker for pitchers like that. Especially when the news is bad.

Not_So_Much June 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Are you talking about Bristol?

Oh wait, that's raised cankles, not arms. Still…

Goonemeritus June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

One of my earliest and best decisions was not to become a gun owner given how many people I run into daily that I feel would benefit from being shot in the face

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Yeah, I joke about how people like me shouldn't carry guns. It's only kind of a joke.

Antispandex June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Look, I have had guns since I was 18, and I have never shot anyone. Sure, I've only been to Texas twice, and I wasn't armed then, but still…

Dr_Zoidberg June 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Well, you're lagging far behind, aren't you? Get on the ball, man!

anniegetyerfun June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I have discussed this with my husband. We were thinking of getting something shooty to keep wildlife at a distance, but then I realized that I would quickly turn it on every single driver in a BMW on the I-5.

FNMA June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Ever hear of justifiable homicide?

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

So then you rushed down to the gun show/ flea market place & even paid the 'extra fee' for no-paperwork?

LetUsBray June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

This is horribly, deeply offensive.

What about the assholes with SUVs?

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Yeah, there's a lot more of *those.*

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Just remember to videotape the whole thing.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Yeah, cause then it's legal. Or legal evidence, I forget which…

chascates June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

One of my best friends is totally against guns and told me she would be afraid to carry a pistol in her car, she said there were so many other drivers she wanted to shoot! AND she once followed a lady home to bitch about how she swerved across 2 lanes to turn.

Buzz Feedback June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

As Shaun Ryder once said, "Call the cops!"

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Only ONCE? (leers)

sewollef June 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Shaun said THAT?

Guppy June 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

In Indiana, you can shoot them too!

BklynE June 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I had the great honor of sitting next to Shaun Ryder on a New York to London flight 7 years ago. It was the greatest in-flight experience of my life. I still have no idea what he was talking about; at one point he asked a flight attendant for water and she brought him two bags of pretzels.

Hera Sent Me June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Yosemite Sam Wannabe: GET OFF MY LAWN, YA DADBLASTED VARMIT!

Drunken Schlub: I'm on my own lawn! You're on MY lawn!

BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM!

YSW: I had no choice, officer. I was standing his ground.

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Well, hell, HE wasn't standing it, and that ground was just sitting there, naked.

Dr. Nick Riviera June 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Alright neighbor, my gun is just going to go like this "bang!" and if you get hit, it's your own fault.

imissopus June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Bullets will be flying in that direction. If you happen to put yourself in the path of those bullets, that's not my problem.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I happen to live within hearing distance of a family of total assholes who do not understand the concept of "inside voice" (nothing like hearing a ten-year-old girl screaming "Fuck YOU!" at her mother repeatedly at the top of her lungs) and also try to have parties at least three nights a week that last till the wee hours and involve much ingestion of booze, possibly also drugs (I couldn't care less), and LOUD music. I mean, shake the walls of the houses all the way down the street loud music.

Although I have often comforted myself with the thought of shooting the whole fucking family and all their guests to deff and torching all their stereo equipment, in over 20 years, I have never so much as raised my fucking voice at them.

Maybe it's time to buy that gun. Did this guy go free?

FNMA June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Damn, I think I used to live across an alley from these people. Do they sell crack too? Anyway, it got a lot quieter after the police came one night and took them all away. Something about a dead guy in the alley…

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Unfortunately, no. If they did, I'd probly buy some just to get some relief from their fucking parties.

Just kidding. Although crack isn't something to kid about.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

20 years of that crap? Here- can you use this hug? S'all I got to offer you, man.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hugs always welcomed! Thanks!

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Before you buy a gun to silence that stereo equipment, consider an EMP device instead.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks, I will.

hollywooddood June 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Unfortunately, running around with a loaded gun, threatening and then shooting people will not make Raul's dick any bigger.

ph7 June 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

"Raul" is short for Rand Paul. The dead's guy civil rights end where Raul's nappy-poo begins.

Not_So_Much June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

If he gets convicted, it might resize his booty.

StealthMuslin June 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Texan on Texan violence always seems sort of Win-Win to me.

Antispandex June 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Sort of a new take on the old saying, "My favorite team is whoever is beating the Cowboys"?

sewollef June 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

"My favorite team is whoever is beating the Cowboys"

Well, I can tell you right now, Sitting Bull, Cochise and Crazy Horse were on MY favorite teams… they gave those uppity terrorists a black eye or two.

M. Szyslak June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

If only they'd use Neutron Bombs to settle up, there'd be a shitload fewer Texans.

Dashboard_Jesus June 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

WIN! WIN!

EatsBabyDingos June 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

If Raul's penis had a finger and a gun, I'm sure Raul would be dead. Who could stand living next to that big a dick?

edgydrifter June 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

His manhood was threatened, so somebody had to die.

Barb June 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Jeff has a job offer in another country. At first, I balked. Then I watch shit like this and I feel like grabbing some boxes and start packing my stuff. This video makes me physically ill.

UnholyMoses June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

If I were you, I'd:

a.) be illegally gay married to Jeff ;-)

2.) MOVE ASAP!

'Cause, really — WTF is keeping you in the US? A love for pointless murders? Desire to live in a Oligarchy/quasi-fascist nation? Enjoy the sound of drones … um … droning overhead?

Seriously — The Mrs and would GTFO without hesitation.

Well, unless the "other country" was, like, Somalia or Iran or Afghanistan or something.

emmelemm June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

As long as there's Internet wherever you're going and you continue on Wonkette, then we're golden.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Yeah, what HE said… golden.

emmelemm June 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

As you can plainly see by my flying pig, I'm a she. :)

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Oh, I am so sorry. I did not plainly see, and I apologize.

Barb June 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thanks Sweetie!

JustPixelz June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

[talking about his father] “Anyway after my venting, I hung up and cried. I didn't know what to do. I knew what I wanted to do, but I not what I should do. I wanted to teach the old S.O.B. a lesson. And I thought I should be better than him, to rise above how much he'd hurt me over the years.”

He said it all in a matter-of-fact tone, as if talking about someone else.

“When Paul came home that night, he had some boxes and moving company brochures. He said 'start packing'. He already knew we were moving. He knew it before I did." He rubbed his eyes. "Because he's my best friend.”

Chet Kincaid June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Depends on the country, right?

bobbert June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Monaco? Do it!

Antispandex June 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

BTW, and a little off topic perhaps, his name is Rodriguez. So…GUILTY!

Ryy June 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Ah the intelligence of brandishing a gun at your drunk neighbors and telling them to turn down the radio. WHAT could possibly go wrong?

See, I dont mind people being able to legally buy a gun. BUT, morons should not be allowed guns; and guys who need to the gun to back their egos. So, since most people are morons, and most guys who want a gun want it to back up their ego……. let's err on the side of caution and keep guns out of people's moron hands.

Terry June 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

This video should be shown any time someone tries to propose or defend a Stand Your Ground law.

Paul Rodriguez is a goddamn head case.

Billmatic June 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

After reading this article I realize that I don't nearly have enough guns.

johnnyzhivago June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This ambiguity (who did what to whom?) is why I ALWAYS use a rocket propelled grenade to break up noisy neighbor parties.

RedneckMuslin June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Then you should be shot because, you know, your noise.

Dr_Zoidberg June 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I throw buckets of feces.

FNMA June 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I usually go over and drink all their beer. Once I get started on their liquor, the party just kind of breaks up on its own.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Now *there's* a sensible, rational, friendly solution to the problem.

I wonder if I could do the same?

Steverino247 June 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I call Scotty aboard the Enterprise, have him lock on to their brainstems and…energize.

Estproph June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

"We thought it would be funny if we provoked a neighbor with anger management problems by having an overly loud party. Watch the hijinks!"

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

So now we can stand our ground on someone else's ground?????

slowhansolo June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

In Pa., I believe the law allows ground-standing anywhere you "have a right to be." I don't know for certain, but I'm certain the law's more "generous" in Texas.

FNMA June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

That's right. In Pa., this land is my land, goddammit!

Not_So_Much June 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Yes, but only within range of your penis extension NRA-approved personal defense weapon.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

OMG. Has Our Esteemed Editrix been hitting the bottle, perhaps a little too hard, with her perfectly kissable lips?

Fear not, Editrix. I live for open threads.

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Did you not get the memo? Gimp suit or GTFO

In fact, you'd have your avatar if you had read it and followed the instructions.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Dude, I have a permanent Gimp suit.

I *appear* to have my avatar. Were you engaging in a little sleight of hand there, actor?

UnholyMoses June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Guns don't kill people.

Guns owned by stupid and/or psychopathic assholes kill people.

Or something. I need to check with the NRA …

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I think we have found the first government program that Libertarians can get behind:

Provide free guns to people so they can defend themselves from the people with guns.

What can possible be wrong with that? It is what Government was intended to do.

Crank_Tango June 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

When Stand Your Ground meets the Castle Doctrine, it's just too bad the Union Thugs weren't armed too, for full effect.

ManchuCandidate June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Laws designed by idiots abused by gun toting idiots against annoying idiots.

US Amercia! Fuck yah!

rickmaci June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

As Lincoln said, "government of the stupid, by the stupid, for the stupid, will cause us all to perish from the earth". Or something like that.

Mumbletypeg June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I couldn't watch the video but will add here that the incident happened two years prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting; it's the trial that's now in progress & getting attention as its timeframe falls under a different self-defense doctrine than "Stand Your Ground." JUST to provide some context — a thingy that myself and Jebrasmus Bush are working hard to remove the smirch from in these confusing times.

not that Radio June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That's Jebrasmus ELIZONDO Bush. Get it right.

niblick77 June 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

If EVERYONE in the video had a gun we would not have to have a trial. Just a lot of grave diggin!

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

What digging?

We'll just shoot a big ol' hole in the ground!

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

But that would mean needing Union Thugs to dig the graves.

ph7 June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

In my past, I have both (1) bought candy from 7-11 and taken a shortcut home, and (2) thrown obnoxious parties that piss off my neighbors, so I am glad not to live in the Bible Belt, where these are capital offenses.

Redgyal June 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Sure, but we're you blah when committing any of the offenses? That might make it wrong in all 50 states.

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Never bring a gun to karaoke night.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Now that's some mighty FINE advice right there…

emmelemm June 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

You must have been at some of the same karaoke nights I've been at.

kingofmeh June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

what if someone sings "friends in low places"? then you'll wish you were packing.

bobbert June 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

What ya mean "what if?" Around here, that's mandatory.

imissopus June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

If you can shoot a neighbor because his stereo is too loud, I'd have shot the wannabe DJ in the upstairs apartment about fifty times since last July.

mavenmaven June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

you could have a "stand your ground" rave

WordSaladNation June 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I listen to a lot of Morrissey. I'm surprised I haven't shot myself.

grandinquisitor June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

So let me get this straight. If I go out with a gun and tell people "I'm gonna shoot you" I get to shoot them? Americans are fucking idiots.

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

"He's coming right for us!" and "Thin out their numbers!" work equally well.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

How about "I see the eyes of the whites!" D'you think that will ever prove popular?

SayItWithWookies June 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

So if you give people even the flimsiest excuse to shoot someone, they'll take it? I guess we owe the NRA, the tea party and every paranoid motherfucker out there a big debt of gratitude for making us learn the simplest rules of human behavior all over again.

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I forget which comedian said it, maybe it was Maher, but do you get the feeling the NRA sits around their offices all day and says "What crazy fucking law can we get passed next? What? Stand Your Ground? So you don't even have to be *home* to kill an intruder!? That's GENIUS!"

FNMA June 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Human behavior? I think we're shooting for reptilian behavior.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Reptiles have higher standards, dude.

Guppy June 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

the NRA, the tea party and every paranoid motherfucker out there

You repeat yourself.

coolhandnuke June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Moral of the story; Education is dying in Texas.

Crank_Tango June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Not according to Texas textbooks.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

In more ways than one.

An_Outhouse June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

What a fucking pussy. What's with the marbles in their mouths. They hardly speak American.

HempDogbane June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

After the Voter ID amendment passes in Minnesota this fall, the state will give every eligible voter a handgun with their photo ID lasered onto it, solving (at least) two problems in one. This is how efficient governments are run.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

How German.

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ June 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Does the castle doctrine apply if you swap rooks, and if your king hasn't been in check?

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We're all just pawns in this game.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

You got the delivery all wrong. You're supposed to say that into a video camera, with … pregnant … Shatnerian … pauses.

RedneckMuslin June 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh, they're Texans. Who cares then?

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Me. I care. I know some really decent people in Texas. And some of our best Wonketteers live in TX. I'm glad it wasn't any of them, and sorry it happened at all. Some kids are missing their teacher today.

BaldarTFlagass June 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I guess it was just a matter of time before Texas got on this Stand Your Ground bandwagon.

CrunchyKnee June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

When did they start making vidya camrah's wit bilt in decibel sensors, by gawd? 85 of em!

CommieLibunatic June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I know, I like how he can just stagger out somewhere at night and gauge something that obscure so accurately. Fuckin' wannabe Rambo.

Callyson June 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Now we know who Jesse Kelly's new campaign manager will be.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Possible. He's still thinking about running again. Asked if he would by the Arizona Daily Star this morning, Kelly's reply was, “We are spending some time catching up with family and prayerfully reflecting on the future. We expect to have an announcement about our future plans in the next day or two." So he'll run if Jeebus tells him to, by gawd.

The good news: with all the votes counted we now know that Barber defeated Kelly by 9,000 more votes than Gabby Giffords managed to win by last time. Oh, happy day, 9,000 Tucsonans have come to their senses in fewer than two years! And this in a district where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats.

Thank you, Bat-shit-crazy Arizona Legislature. You are at least good for something.

Callyson June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “God, no…”

Pop_Socket June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

But, but… he said the magic "I'm in fear for my life" words which bring a ring of protection around him. He's going to need them in prison.

Nostrildamus June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

That video has more assholes in it than a gas station hot dog.

(Thanks to whoever said that first)

BaldarTFlagass June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

He's a brown, victim is white. Date with the needle awaits..

__kth__ June 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I wouldn't game it out quite that way. More likely he skates for killing his neighbor in a fight he started, which will prove that the justice system in the Houston area is not racist.

Nostrildamus June 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Everybody (in Texas) stands their ground, everybody (outside Texas) wins!

slowhansolo June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

This guy's screwed mostly because there were (presumably hostile) witnesses. Make sure no one but the target's around before you blast away, kids!

Guppy June 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Remember: there are never witnesses, only assailants.

mavenmaven June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

"When I hear talk of music, that's when I reach for my revolver"

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Damn- it's been a long time since I heard that one. Maybe not since I had MOB on vinyl.

proudgrampa June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

What?

JohnyEdge June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

The scariest part of this whole video were the concealed carry "experts" who spoke afterwards. According to them, Raul spoke all the right magic words so he was entitled to shoot and kill his neighbor.

"I have a gun."
"I'm a-feared for my life" (In American English for those of you that don't speak Texan: I'm afraid for my life.)
"I will shoot."

Bang and you get off with a self-defense claim.

Well, I'm saying now, once and for all: I have a gun. I'm afraid for my life and I will shoot.

You're all witnesses that whatever I do from now on is in self defense. No matter how many assholes I need to shoot.

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

"I have a gun. I'm afraid for my life and I will shoot."

I need that on a t-shirt.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Jesus, Generation, you gotta be careful where you wear that fucking thing.

Or maybe we could take it a bit further and have, like, three bulletholes on the shirt, and convincing bloodstains.

__kth__ June 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It seems obvious that he was checking off those boxes, as though from some kind of step-by-step instruction set. To me, that just makes it look pre-meditated. Whether taking legal advice from a gun loon message board is a good idea, I guess we'll soon find out.

MosesInvests June 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yep, looked that way to me, too.

carlgt1 June 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

yeah, it's a common gun-nut "self defense" ploy — I remember at the RNC in Philly years ago, we liberals were taunting right-wing idiots, and one of them started shouting this phony "I'm in fear for my life" BS as if he was going to start shooting us and needed his right-wing buddies as witnesses. What they're basically saying is "I am a coward and need a gun."

actor212 June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I really don't understand this, thinking about it

I mean, the guy's on the phone with the cops, AND has a video camera with him. Isn't it enough to walk over and ask politely if they could keep the noise down? You've got the fucking cops on the fucking line, listening in! You ask nicely, an either they say, "Oh, man, sorry! Yes, of course" or they give you lip, to which you say to the nice dispatcher on the line, "Do you think you could send a car over, please?"

Franknflower June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yeah, but then I don't get to shoot anybody.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

That's only how they do it in blue states.

scorpy1 June 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

Well, how else are the cops going to know that your life's in danger if you don't assert it repeatedly.
I mean, he had all his line's scripted, it just couldn't be helped that the actors had their own ideas.

Proof Fool!

not that Radio June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Rodriguez should have purchased some Stand Your Ground™ Insurance.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Excuse me, I have to barf my fucking guts out.

Are they for real? Is this FER REAL? What next, trophies?

not that Radio June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Well, the Trayvon Martin™ Gun Range Targets were such a huge hit. Unlimited market for this kind of stuff.

Capitalism!

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Right. Carry on then. (continues barfing)

__kth__ June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Not to belabor the obvious, but that's crazy.

glamourdammerung June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

A lot of people seem to mistake "provoke a confrontation" and "stalk" with "self defense".

chascates June 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

He is in fear of his life because their music is too loud although he's waving a gun at them? Sounds like an insanity defense to me.

OneYieldRegular June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Somebody died over loud music? God this country is full of assholes.

under_score June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Oh my god, the thing that makes my head 'splode is the get out of jail free magic incantation, per the expert gun nut shown later in the video

"My life is in danger. I am armed. I will shoot you."

It's like a reverse Miranda warning.

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Our lives are always in danger all the time. An asteroid could hit the earth at any second!

Steverino247 June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

As for the lovely woman in that blue dress. Oh, yeah…

Can we get some more film of her at 11? Thanks.

ttommyunger June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Speaking as one who has been in fear for his life on several occasions I have to say I admire this young man's courage under; well, not fire; but loud music, to say the least. Honestly, the times I've been in fear for my life I could only do the shooting part. The announcement that I was armed, in fear of my life and certainly the ability to operate a video camera were completely out of the question. Screaming for my mother, shitting my pants, notsomuch, though.

ttommyunger June 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

My point exactly. The real shit goes down so fucking fast you don't even remember it correctly sometimes.

Pithaughn June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Check me if I'm wrong Sandy, but does this mean I can confront any of those stupid Harley riders, tell them they are really effing stupid and I hate the noise thier pos makes. Then blow them away if they get angry? Assuming I say the magic phrases loud enough so that I could reasonably assume they heard me of course. Can a human voice make that loud of a sound though? Better research that first before I test this out fri nite at the local dive bar.

elburritodeluxe June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

These neighbors are being total dicks about a guy who's just threatening to shoot them if they don't do what he wants.

thumbcuff June 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

In my country there are no guns so we kill our neighbors by stamping on their heads for a while. It's aerobic.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

It's actually pretty difficult to kill a person one to one without some sort of weapon. Takes real strength, determination, viciousness — or the heightened inability to feel pain that comes from drugs, booze, or an extreme emotional reaction. Guns make it way too easy.

thumbcuff June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Yes, guns are better for fatties.

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

See? This is why we have an obesity problem, especially in Texas. We just drive up in our air-conditioned trucks and start shooting.

MosesInvests June 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

You a campaign worker in Kentuckistan?

larrykat June 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Lets ask the guy with a skull and crossed rifles on his t-shirt what HE thinks about this, mmm-kay?

Generation[redacted] June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

He would make an excellent witness for the defense, wouldn't he?

"Your honor, the defense calls to the stand, Ted Nugent."

Franknflower June 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The really sad thing is, my dad would watch this and totally side with Rodriguez even though he is a Mexican.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

And the next time you accuse him of being prejudiced, he'll cite that as his defense.

From a daughter who has been there

zombiehunter101 June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

i <3 wonette….thank for bringing sanity to my livingroom

owhatever June 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Going back inside his own house and letting the cops handle the music complaint was not an option, I guess. And balancing a gun, a camera and a decibel-meter is no easy thing in the dark.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

He's an ambidextrous hero.

MittBorg June 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

These neighbors are being total ^^STUPID^^ dicks about a guy who's just threatening to shoot them if they don't do what he wants.

FIFY, NNTT.

TribecaMike June 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Shooting a gun can cause ringing in the ears. This man has suffered enough.

DahBoner June 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

See? Rock & roll is the devil's music.

THIS WON'T HAPPEN IF YOU ONLY PLAY PAT BOONE

Exhausted66 June 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Am I the only one who found the gun "expert" the most chilling part of the story?

MosesInvests June 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Nope.

Jukesgrrl June 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Guns don't kill people. People refusing to obey their homicidal neighbors kill themselves.

WordSaladNation June 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The neighbors were just pissed because Ricky wouldn't let them be in his show.

DeathOfIrony June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

There are a lot of man boobs in that video…is that what 'curtilage' means? Is that grounds for being shooty? It makes me feel somewhat shooty, or at least stabby.

I also know that such as when I feel threatened, I start videotaping, much like the animals on the African Plain.

spinozasgod June 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

many of the comments on the link defend the shooting……this country is filled with crazy idiots with guns. How did this happen?

sbj1964 June 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

You know if your known as a huge prick ,and your not John Holmes? That's a bad thing.

valthemus June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Yes, the party people were being dicks, but I pay taxes so I can call the police to come and overreact and kill people for me. There is an etiquette to these things.

scvirginia June 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

My local paper is reporting that Rodriguez was convicted & will be sentenced tomorrow- punishment up to life in prison… But he wasn't dealing dimebags so he'll prob'ly be out in a few…

freddymcmurray June 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

Fry this tool. End result: two less Texans. Win, win?

jakegittes June 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

What kind of stupid fuck videotapes his own crime?

outragedcitizen June 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

Can we please let the South, (mostly Texas, Florida and North Carolina), secede now?

gurukalehuru June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

As you could clearly hear the dialogue, it's obvious that the music wasn't all that loud.

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