Friday, February 17, 2012

Another Instance of Gun Culture Violence

In our gun culture, a gun is a means to power over other people.  It is true of lawful gun owners and criminal gun owners, a common denominator that we saw in the lap top shooting dad's behavior.  The way in which guns are used for dominance are the defining characteristic of the American gun culture, not the fantasy of guns but the reality.

Here is a horror story of one more gun owner, a man who does not appear to have prior criminal convictions, a man who is a part of the more macho gun culture variation unique to Texas.  This man wants us to believe that he has good sides to him -- as we know our gun nuts like to claim for themselves and their fellow gun lunatics, as justification we should trust them -- and that he meant well in a coulda shoulda woulda kind of way.... you know......except for the parts where he didn't, which seems to be true of so much of the gun violence.

From the Huff Post and the AP:

Jeffrey Allan Maxwell Trial: Texas Torture Suspect Says He Considered Freeing Neighbor

Jeffrey Allan Maxwell
By ANGELA K. BROWN   02/17/12 07:03 AM ET  AP

When asked why he told authorities he was alone when they arrived at his house, he answered: "Because you caught me by surprise. She'd been there 10 days, and I wasn't expecting you. Like I said, I got myself into something I couldn't figure out how to get out of."
He said the woman asked "all the time" if he was going to kill her, but he never planned to. He told the investigator that he regretted the abduction.
"I was sitting around every day trying to figure out how to get out of this," he told the investigator.
On the recording, Maxwell repeatedly denied torching the woman's house. But he said that during the kidnapping, he wiped down the house to remove his fingerprints and took her telephone.
Tony Bradford, the Texas Rangers investigator in charge of the case, did most of the talking during the interview.
The woman earlier testified that Maxwell hit her with a rolling pin and handcuffed her during the March 1 abduction from her rural home outside Weatherford, about 70 miles west of Dallas. She said he kept her in handcuffs and chained her legs to a bed, even locking her in a box when he once ran an errand. She told jurors that she bled profusely after one of the sexual assaults, which she said stopped after about a week when he became ill. Then he left her unrestrained when they were in the same room but still watched her closely, she said.
The Associated Press generally does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Prosecutors and Bradford demonstrated for jurors how the woman's wrists may have been attached to the skinning device, a thin metal strip with hooks attached that hangs by a chain from the ceiling.
Investigators have testified that they found whips, chains, sex toys, duct tape, the animal-skinning device, blood-stained sheets and guns in Maxwell's house.


  1. DG, thank you for using the screaming size font, I don't need glasses to read it.
    orlin sellers

    1. Glad to help your failing eyesight (not very reassuring to hear that someone who is pro-gun can't see very well though...).

      Actually the font size doesn't look like 'screaming' to me when I look at it on the blog site, but rather this reflects a formatting problem I was having with the text; this was the best I could do to correct it.

    2. It's so hard not to use bold and large type, isn't it. Shall we note again, here is someone who had no criminal record before he went nuts. How could we have known in advance? Oh, that's right, the state will have detailed records on all of us. . .

    3. Of course, this is one of those "hidden" criminals that psychological tests and drug screening would weed out, you know, because it works so well on Navy SEALS, fighter pilots, federal agents and just plain old ordinary police officers. Oh, except that this upstanding citizen is likely a serial rapist/killer. It seems that he's a suspect in the abduction/rape/torture of his ex-wife, the disappearance of his ex-wife and now a suspect in a cold case from 2000.

  2. Is there anything about this story that fundamentally involves firearms? People like this man kidnap their victims in a variety of ways. Gun control wouldn't stop incidents of this nature from happening. Gun control wouldn't even change the frequency.

  3. The story actually says that the criminal initially used a rolling pin as a "compliance" weapon and then handcuffed the woman.

    This is another example of how the woman would probably have avoided all this if she were armed. Don't get me wrong: I am not saying it's the woman's fault at all. The scumbag who did this is 100% responsible and should rot in jail for the rest of his natural life in my opinion. All I am saying is that this woman might have avoided this tragedy had she been armed.

    1. Thus we should ban rolling pins. After all, who, other than licensed bakeries, needs one of those?