“[John David] Samarripas had been out of jail one day last June on a misdemeanor trespassing charge when witnesses said he became enraged about a pistol that went missing while he spent the afternoon drinking at his neighbor’s house,” mysanantonion.com reports. “‘Like a bully he went into the house and picked out the most vulnerable person (to threaten with a knife),’ prosecutor Stacy Esterak said during closing arguments. ‘He’s volatile and he’s unpredictable and she’s terrified of him.'” Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention that the Texas judicial system had previously sentenced Mr. Samarripas to a 10-year stretch for a 1991 Super Bowl party slaying and a 1992 attempted murder. Actual amount of time served: unspecified. I guess the trespassing charge was a relatively recent beef. OK, so . . .
The attack ended when Elena Flores’ boyfriend grabbed what prosecutors described as a rusted, antique-looking rifle with a bent barrel and — perhaps miraculously, they said, given the condition of the firearm — sent a bullet to Samarripas’ behind.
Aiming at his head perhaps? JK. I think. Anyway, Mr. Samarripas’ hard-edged temper tantrum offers yet illustration of why you don’t want to bring a knife to a gunfight, even if the gun is a POS. Or not. A knife is a terrific backup for a gunfight so it’s not literally true. But that’s the subject of another post.
Meanwhile, this tale of a deeply dangerous dipshit also teaches us that crime prevention is not about knives or guns or blunt objects. It’s about keeping violent felons locked up for longer, until they’re testosterone levels drop or they die of old age.