“Tobias Bybee, 38, of Marathon, was fishing and having drinks with four friends at sunset Thursday when they got into an argument,” local10.com reports. “Bybee got his rifle, struck one of his friends in the throat with the stock of the gun and fired several shots, scaring the others, who thought Bybee was going to shoot them, [Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky] Herrin said. While they were on their way to shore, one of the passengers called 911 to report the incident.”
Mr. Bybee had an interesting explanation for brandishing his rifle at sea. Mr. Bybee told the deputy that there’d been a “mutiny on board the vessel.” It’s not a bad argument — if Mr. Bybee was the captain of the Margaritaville (our whatever it’s called). Also assuming his boat was a military vessel.
Bybee, who is a felon, faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
This may not be the time to say it (again), but I support restoring felons’ gun rights. But it’s stories like these that make it hard to make my case. Suffice it to say, you can’t fix stupid. Nor can you keep stupid away from guns. But you can keep criminals out of society and, of course, off the high seas.