The headline of this post is the headline of a story in the St Pete times newspaper. It is also a crock of shit. The gist of the story:

Byron Patty Sr was killed in a robbery in 1994 at the age of 21 years, while “playing cards with friends” in a local motel. A few years later (2010), Byron Patty Jr was killed at age 17 during a robbery while playing dice in an alley with some friends.

The article tries to blame guns, but glosses over a few facts that can be ascertained from the article:

1 Byron Patty Jr was 17 in 2010, and had already been arrested several times since 2004 (then age 11).

2 Byron Patty Sr had been arrested at least three times on drug charges and theft charges, according to Hillsborough County records. At least one was a felony.

3 Both father and son were involved in gambling activities when they were killed. (cards and dice)

4 Michelle Patty, the mother/grandmother of this story is a well known “community organizer” in the Tampa area. She has had a few dealings that were a little, well let’s say they were suspect and leave it at that.

5 According to the another story about the shooting, the 17 year old accused of killing Patty Jr was his best friend, and was arrested near the scene and charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

The grandmother is being investigated by the FBI for finance irregularities in connection with public funds, the father is a convicted felon who is murdered during a card game, and the grandson, also with a criminal past, is killed in a robbery during a “dice game” by a convicted felon who is his best friend.

Yep, it is the gun’s fault.

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TOTWTYTR · August 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Someone in that family should run for political office!

I have no sympathy for any of the "victims" since they all appear to have been engaging in activities that were high risk.

The gun is not the problem, the problem is the person holding it.

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