What ghastly irony, Batman.
“I ♥ Guns and Coffee,” it read.
Mr. Ratliff’s passion for firearms made him something of a celebrity on the Internet, where he helped make scores of videos about high-powered and exotic guns and explosives. His YouTube channel, called FPSRussia, became the site’s ninth largest, with nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than 500 million views.
But last week, the authorities said, Mr. Ratliff, 32, ended up on the wrong end of a gun. The police in northeast Georgia found him dead at his office on Jan. 3, shot once in the head. He was surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating it as a homicide.
“For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody,” his wife, Amanda, told a television channel in Lexington, Ky., where he used to live. “Either that or he was ambushed.” — NYTimes
So let’s see — this here Second Amendment freak and gun fetishist supreme, owner of a business that makes and repairs firearms, licensed by the ATF, gets himself shot to death in his own office, surrounded by his own weapons.
Who’d a thunk it? Why, I thought after reading the steady stream of “Only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” type messages week after week, a guy like this would be the Safest Man In the Universe. Tsk tsk. Evidently not.
Now for a pop quiz (pardon the pun)
Question: How many weapons owners found this incident instructive?