This is one of those stories that helps Florida and its residents distinguish itself nationally.
As if getting dolled up in a pink tutu for Halloween isn’t bad enough, a Marine is in big trouble after he allegedly attacked a paralyzed Army veteran he thought was using a wheelchair as a Halloween prop.
Christopher Dabney, 22, is facing charges of abusing a disabled adult after hitting Dan Priotti, 35, twice in the head at a Gainesville, Fla., restaurant, Fox News reported.
Priotti told police he was approached by another man while he was trying to order his food, saying the man yelled at him that he was faking his injuries. “He swung, slapped me, and I backed up and he missed. And he came at me like this, and put me right back, and I whacked my head on the concrete floor. I remember just seeing a guy in a pink tutu. I don’t remember saying anything to him. I literally lost 10 minutes.” — Heavy.com
There are any number of questions that should occur to even a mildly curious soul — like, Why does a guy who dresses up in a pink tutu think it’s sensible to start a fight, let alone with a cripple? — but let’s approach this as Floridians.
Which is — why wasn’t the wheelchair bound Marine armed?
Had Priotti been properly armed, as any private citizen exercising his sacred 2nd Amendment rights should have been (especially a Marine), when Dabney approached him with potentially deadly intent he would have been legally entitled to shoot the fucker dead.
It would have been precedent-setting! The first Floridian incapable of standing erect exercises his rights under our advanced “Stand Your Ground” law. He stood it alright — while sitting!
But sadly, that’s not the way it played out.
You’d think that before Dabney starting throwing down he might have offered his quarry to stand up for a fair one, but such conduct, I suppose, is hopelessly quaint in this day and age when any asshole with an attitude is entitled to take offense. Even if that asshole is attired in a pink tutu.
Priotti said he’s recovering, but he doesn’t want Dabney to go to jail. “ They should make a mockery out of him, put him in his pink tutu and put him up and down University Avenue and 13th Street, right in front of the school, with a sign that says, ‘I beat up people in wheelchairs, veterans in wheelchairs,’ something like that.”
Sounds about right. Although I recommend waiting until after Tuesday. Given the political climate right now, lots of Floridians would probably want to know his name so they could vote for him.