Gunloons love a martyr. David Koresh, Randy Weaver, Timothy McVeigh.
Nothing fires 'em up more than a perceived injustice against a fellow gun-toting male.
Except, of course, if the gun-toter is, you know, not white.
Past NRA martyrs have, to put it mildly, had some baggage.
So, gunloons are pretty amped about the Erik Scott case:
Authorities said a Costco employee called 911 to report a man acting erratically in the store, damaging merchandise and carrying a pistol in his waistband. An officer approached the man, identified as Scott, then noticed the pistol and gave him verbal commands to lay on the ground, police said.
After Scott pointed the pistol at an officer, the officers fired at him, striking him multiple times, police said. He died at University Medical Center a short time later.
Scott was a West Point grad, an Army vet, and a CCW holder. And he was white.
I'd suggest reading the Las Vegas Sun archives on this case to get all the details but here's the Cliff Notes' version. On 10 July, Las Vegas Costco employees noticed a man acting strangely and damaging store merchandise. They also noticed he was carrying a handgun. As we all know, Nevada has some very lax gun laws but stores and businesses have the right to prohibit carrying firearms on their premises. A COSTCO manager approached the man, Erik Scott, and asked that he leave the store. Scott refused and began acting belligerantly toward the manager and threatened him. 911 was called and when police arrived, Scott refused to obey their commands. When Scott pulled his weapon and pointed it at an officer, he was shot several times and killed.
Naturally, the gunloons are promoting this as a case where tyrannical police overreacted to a (white) man exercising his God-given Second Amendment rights.
Of course, the gunloons omit a few details when painting the picture of this latest NRA martyr. One fact they don't like to talk about is that Scott had a bit of a drug problem. Another is that Scott had pulled a gun on a neighbor. And that two previous wives alleged domestic abuse.
Update: Edit to correctly identify NRA hero.