You know the old Irving Kristol saw: a (neo)conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality. Another truism: there’s no zealot like a convert. But does the same thing translate to gun rights? Is a pro-2A supporter a gun grabber who’s been (literally) mugged? Unfortunately for Jon Fogg, we may have a perfect case study to see if Kristol’s theory holds true where armed self defense is concerned. Fogg, an editor at the Baltimore Sun, was coming home late from work on January 14 when he was allegedly met on the street by Mustafa Eraibi, who demanded his cash . . .
From Fogg’s web site:
As I was walking to my apartment from my car, I was attacked. Although I handed over my wallet, car keys and laptop, the assailant hit me in the head with a landscaping brick multiple times before fleeing in my car.
Fogg suffered multiple skull fractures, cuts, several broken teeth and some broken fingers in the attack. Eraibi was apprehended late last week when he used Fogg’s credit cards and was caught on camera.
It may not surprise you to hear that this wasn’t Eraibi’s first brush with the law.
Eraibi was charged with robbery and assault in at least two previous cases but he was not prosecuted. When 11 News asked about this, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office did not provide an explanation.
Of course they didn’t.
We don’t know Fogg’s stance on armed self defense. He’s a relatively anonymous sports editor, not a member of The Sun’s editorial board. But given the voting patterns of members of the mainstream media – particularly those at a big city, anti-gun, dead tree daily – it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to assume he sympathizes with his paper’s pro-gun control stance. Or he did.
Would almost being beaten to death on the street change that? Could someone who thought that civilian disarmament was a common sense solution to the problem of urban crime have his mind changed by a brick? It appears that Mr. Fogg will make a full recovery and happier about that we could not be. But we’d love to know how his views on armed self defense may have evolved in the aftermath of his victimization. If, in fact, they have.
[h/t Dirk Diggler]