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2012-12-11 08:19:07 AM
Soto said he had told her that he expected to one day be tested as a father. But not so soon after the birth of their first child.

"He did good," she said. "He protected the family."


Alls well that ends well.

...between them they have been arrested 43 times in Florida.

He who breaks the law...

www.chartlyrics.com
 
2012-12-11 08:38:30 AM
Pepe wandered outside and sniffed nervously at a fierce-looking police dog. 
 
And didn't get shot.  Kudos.
 
2012-12-11 08:43:48 AM
Hopefully Reed and Soto get married so the little girl can grow up in a stable home with a loving mother and father and not in a broken home where she'll eventually find her way into trouble and a violent life of gangs and crime.
 
2012-12-11 08:44:55 AM
Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason
 
2012-12-11 08:47:54 AM

Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason


No, it's where we get to hear arguments about how everyone should have the unrestricted right to own AK-75M16Mark4SOMOD3s With Laser Sights and 25mm Grenade Cannons slung under them. For no reason. Just cause. Maybe Obama will take away their rights, or something.

/pro-gun, as well.
//The idea/argument that a bunch of weekend hunters who have 30-06s are going to stop the US Military in modern times is silly.
 
2012-12-11 08:48:06 AM
Reed, dazed and still in his underwear, toted the rifle around his yard as squad cars arrived. Pepe wandered outside and sniffed nervously at a fierce-looking police dog.

Good Lord, if he was black we'd be reading an entirely different story. Like: then, for reasons unknown, the homeowner ran out into the yard and pointed a high powered assault rifle at officers, who had no choice but to shoot him 141 times in the back.
 
2012-12-11 08:50:37 AM

BronyMedic: Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason

No, it's where we get to hear arguments about how everyone should have the unrestricted right to own AK-75M16Mark4SOMOD3s With Laser Sights and 25mm Grenade Cannons slung under them. For no reason. Just cause. Maybe Obama will take away their rights, or something.

/pro-gun, as well.
//The idea/argument that a bunch of weekend hunters who have 30-06s are going to stop the US Military in modern times is silly.


fark you, the founding fathers died for my right to own a howitzer! How dare you disrespect them like that?!
 
2012-12-11 08:52:34 AM

Coolfusis: fark you, the founding fathers died for my right to own a howitzer! How dare you disrespect them like that?!


DAMN YOU AND YOUR ARGUMENT ABOUT COOL ASS GUNS, SIR.

THE FOUNDING FATHERS ACTUALLY INTENDED FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO OWN A RYDER TRUCK, AND LARGE QUANTITIES OF ANNM WITHOUT QUESTION!

AND THEY DEMANDED THAT EVERYONE HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE BEAR ARMS!

fc04.deviantart.net
 
2012-12-11 08:54:01 AM

Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?

/pro-gun
//within reason


This guy's GF actually had a gun but it didn't prove useful as you say.

"We got guns," one of them said.

"I got a newborn," Reed responded.

By then, one of them had grabbed the keys to Soto's Mazda 6. They barreled out the front door and into the car. Reed ran back to the bedroom and emerged with a .22 rifle belonging to Soto.


That noted, it's shiat like this that keeps me firmly in the right-to-self-defense camp.

/Also pro gun.
//Also within reason.
 
2012-12-11 08:57:57 AM

Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason


If he'd had a couple of M18A1s trip wired to the front door those thugs would have never infiltrated the perimeter. Basic home protection every new father should have but since our Second Amendment rights have been trampled we have to defend our families hand to hand.
 
2012-12-11 09:02:38 AM
Good for the dad. He is very, very lucky that he didn't get killed. Violent criminals being actively prusued by police on the ground and in helicopters are desperate.
 
2012-12-11 09:03:25 AM

TwoHead: f he'd had a couple of M18A1s trip wired to the front door those thugs would have never infiltrated the perimeter. Basic home protection every new father should have but since our Second Amendment rights have been trampled we have to defend our families hand to hand.


Lousy Democrats!

images.tvrage.com
 
2012-12-11 09:11:26 AM
"...an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

This is what happens when reporters try prose.
 
2012-12-11 09:27:43 AM

BronyMedic: Coolfusis: fark you, the founding fathers died for my right to own a howitzer! How dare you disrespect them like that?!

DAMN YOU AND YOUR ARGUMENT ABOUT COOL ASS GUNS, SIR.

THE FOUNDING FATHERS ACTUALLY INTENDED FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO OWN A RYDER TRUCK, AND LARGE QUANTITIES OF ANNM WITHOUT QUESTION!

AND THEY DEMANDED THAT EVERYONE HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE BEAR ARMS!

[fc04.deviantart.net image 850x703]


I will not rest until every 2 year old has a bazooka to call his own.

TwoHead: Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason

If he'd had a couple of M18A1s trip wired to the front door those thugs would have never infiltrated the perimeter. Basic home protection every new father should have but since our Second Amendment rights have been trampled we have to defend our families hand to hand.


Which is why I use an infrared targeting system attached to a few motorized assault weapons to police my doorstep - just like Jesus.
 
2012-12-11 09:33:48 AM

Spoon over Marin: "...an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

This is what happens when reporters try prose.


This is probably the last article that truly impressed me with the level of writing, but you have to pay for it. It was Time's cover story on catching the Unabomber in 1996.
 
2012-12-11 09:39:18 AM
Never Fark with the the parents of a newborn. Good on 'em for defending their daughter. Hope those guys never get out again. Arrested 43 times? What a farking joke.
 
2012-12-11 09:44:51 AM
I fear babies more than I fear guns....
 
2012-12-11 09:49:21 AM
Soto said he had told her that he expected to one day be tested as a father. But not so soon after the birth of their first child.

"He did good," she said. "He protected the family."


Looks like steak and BJ day is gonna come early for this new dad
 
2012-12-11 09:55:44 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I fear babies more than I fear guns....


Guns make take your life, but babies will take --- YOUR FREEDOM!!
 
2012-12-11 10:04:54 AM
"We got guns." "I got a newborn." "We have a Hulk."
 
2012-12-11 10:14:06 AM

kronicfeld: "We got guns." "I got a newborn." "We have a Hulk."


[like]
 
2012-12-11 10:19:41 AM

Gecko Gingrich: [like]


#lol
 
2012-12-11 10:39:55 AM
"We got guns."

"I got a newborn."

blog.cleveland.com

Don't underestimate the utility of a baby in self-defense situations.
 
2012-12-11 11:54:41 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Hopefully Reed and Soto get married so the little girl can grow up in a stable home with a loving mother and father and not in a broken home where she'll eventually find her way into trouble and a violent life of gangs and crime.


Why do you hate future strippers?
 
2012-12-11 11:55:24 AM

Lsherm: Reed, dazed and still in his underwear, toted the rifle around his yard as squad cars arrived. Pepe wandered outside and sniffed nervously at a fierce-looking police dog.

Good Lord, if he was black we'd be reading an entirely different story. Like: then, for reasons unknown, the homeowner ran out into the yard and pointed a high powered assault rifle at officers, who had no choice but to shoot him 141 times in the back.


probably not

It's "if he were black", by the way. If you'd spend less time race baiting and more time lernin' da English, you'd know that
 
2012-12-11 11:55:36 AM
Wait. You mean that there is someone in St Petersburg (aka God's waiting room) young enough to have a newborn?
 
2012-12-11 11:55:59 AM

Joelogon: "We got guns."

"I got a newborn."

[blog.cleveland.com image 240x162]

Don't underestimate the utility of a baby in self-defense situations.


How is Kung Fu babby trained?
 
2012-12-11 11:56:55 AM

BronyMedic: Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason

No, it's where we get to hear arguments about how everyone should have the unrestricted right to own AK-75M16Mark4SOMOD3s With Laser Sights and 25mm Grenade Cannons slung under them. For no reason. Just cause. Maybe Obama will take away their rights, or something.

/pro-gun, as well.
//The idea/argument that a bunch of weekend hunters who have 30-06s are going to stop the US Military in modern times is silly.


Been to Montana?
 
2012-12-11 11:57:09 AM
He's not unarmed if he's able to grab a gun two sentences later.
 
2012-12-11 11:57:12 AM
Reed leaped out of bed in boxer briefs. He is of medium height, but imposing, with pale blue eyes and tattoos that swarm up his arms and neck. Holding his arms in front of him like an offensive lineman, he plowed into the man closest to him.

For a second there I thought that story was about to go all romance novel.

/[weirdestboner.jpg]
 
2012-12-11 11:57:35 AM
It sounds to me like he needlessly endangered himself by following armed men out and confronting them after the situation had defused.

That might be heroic under some circumstances, but not when your the father of a newborn.
 
2012-12-11 11:58:22 AM
/you're
 
2012-12-11 11:58:31 AM
Arrested 43 times between them?

People this prone to crime should be airdropped on a remote island that's guarded only from the inhabitants leaving, as in Escape from New York.

Barring that, life in prison without the possibility of parole, though it makes me weep to think that we spend around $40,000 a year per inmate in this country.

Beware the military-industrial-prison complex.
 
2012-12-11 11:59:04 AM

Spoon over Marin: "...an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

This is what happens when reporters try prose.


I'm unsure if the "That's Racist!" kid should be posted or not...

Good catch.
 
2012-12-11 12:00:19 PM

Spoon over Marin: "...an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

This is what happens when reporters try prose.


Was it a dark and stormy night?

/commingled is a word?
 
2012-12-11 12:00:20 PM

Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


No this is the thread where we argue whether or not summary capital punishment should apply in crimes where nobody was killed.
 
2012-12-11 12:02:01 PM
Well there goes the advice my Chicago grandfather gave me - "Never take a baby to a gunfight"
 
2012-12-11 12:02:14 PM

TexasPeace: Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?

No this is the thread where we argue whether or not summary capital punishment should apply in crimes where nobody was killed.


I'm fer it.
 
2012-12-11 12:02:30 PM

TexasPeace: No this is the thread where we argue whether or not summary capital punishment should apply in crimes where nobody was killed.


It should
 
2012-12-11 12:03:30 PM
What annoys me is the news is written like a poor novel. "Reed and Soto were enjoying precious hours of slumber after an exhausting week filled with the duties of caring for a newborn. The family dog, a Chihuahua mix named Pepe, dozed alongside them."

"he first thing Reed recalls seeing was an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

Come on.. just report the news.

Oh wait.. Fark... alright.. I remember where I am now.
 
2012-12-11 12:04:29 PM

Spoon over Marin: "...an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

This is what happens when reporters try prose.


Sounds racist!
 
2012-12-11 12:04:45 PM
Say hello to my little....
 
2012-12-11 12:05:15 PM
I thought it was common knowledge NOT to bring a gun to a newborn fight

/or was it something else?
 
2012-12-11 12:05:16 PM

santadog: What annoys me is the news is written like a poor novel. "Reed and Soto were enjoying precious hours of slumber after an exhausting week filled with the duties of caring for a newborn. The family dog, a Chihuahua mix named Pepe, dozed alongside them."

"he first thing Reed recalls seeing was an unfamiliar person at the foot of his bed, flashing gold teeth and white eyes that in the darkness seemed to float, as though unattached to a human face."

Come on.. just report the news.

Oh wait.. Fark... alright.. I remember where I am now.

Frank Sinatra has a Cold

it ain't.
 
2012-12-11 12:06:01 PM

Coolfusis: Is this that thread where we're supposed to argue whether or not people should have guns when this guy didn't need one?


/pro-gun
//within reason


I've got guns and skateboards. Anyone who skates knows that skateboards double as weapons. (says the woman who sleeps with a loaded gun within her easy reach, but out of view, so she can at least try to defend her family if something bad happened)

/no one messes with my family without dire consequence
//and my sis and I ending up in jail again
 
2012-12-11 12:08:19 PM
By then, one of them had grabbed the keys to Soto's Mazda 6. They barreled out the front door and into the car. Reed ran back to the bedroom and emerged with a .22 rifle belonging to Soto.

He stepped outside and pointed the gun at them, staring at them through the Mazda's windshield. They ducked. By then, Reed could see blue lights flashing. He didn't shoot.

The men drove off. Reed, dazed and still in his underwear, toted the rifle around his yard as squad cars arrived. Officers opened fire, wounding Reed. A department spokesman stated that, "[Reed] was coming right for them, and they were in fear for their lives." An internal review has cleared the officers of wrongdoing.
 
2012-12-11 12:09:15 PM
I saw the photo, subby. The guy clearly has arms.
 
2012-12-11 12:09:20 PM
Good, I was worried this wouldn't be hijacked into a gun-rights thread.

/phew
/also progun
 
2012-12-11 12:09:44 PM
awwww

subby's headline brought tears to my eyes

/not normally sappy, but I remember how I felt when the Squeak was all new
 
2012-12-11 12:10:01 PM
Holy sh*t, that is bad writing.
 
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