Gun Stories Perry Vs Foster Weekly Edition 8/9-15/2020
Over the years we have seen many gun stories in the news. Not all have been bad, but the good ones are overwhelmingly under reported. If a gun story doesn’t have a shock and awe factor it’s not newsworthy. It is now our intention at RGD Reviews to share some of those stories with you. Not all of them will favor the gun owner, not all will favor the supposed victim, and finally not all of them will have final outcomes. Our first story involves Mr. Perry and Mr. Foster.
Gun stories will be used to educate our readers on some of the danger and some of the legal outcomes. We will cover 3 to 4 stories a week.Trying to cover the need for self-defense, the mistakes, and the legal mishaps when they happen. We do not follow the belief that any one group always does the right thing. As we have seen in the past no matter what group is involved there is always individuals who make bad choices.
While we don’t agree with some of the laws on the books and those being presented today. It is our job as law abiding legal gun owners to follow those laws in order to keep our right to defend ourselves. The stories we post will be a mix of old and new, so that we can show the outcome with some of them. With your comments and suggestions, we hope to possibly learn how we can encourage the good ones, and prevent the bad ones through training.
Daniel Perry Vs Garrett Foster
Rideshare driver Sergeant Daniel Perry dropped off his fare and was on route to another. When he turned the corner. He then found himself being surrounded by protestors. As a result, one of them ordered him to roll down his window.
That protestor was Garret Foster. Mr. Perry rolled down his window and noticed Mr. Foster raising his AK-47 towards him. He then drew his gun and fired 5 shots, hitting Mr. Foster and killing him. Another legally armed citizen responded to the shots by firing at Mr. Perry’s vehicle.
All the shots missed, and Mr. Perry drove away and called 911. The story doesn’t end there. Both Mr. Perry and the second shooter were questioned and later released. No charges have been filled at this time. This was Mr. Perry’s version of events as reported by KXAN.
The Other Version
Some eyewitnesses interviewed have stated that Mr. Foster was pushing his girlfriend in her wheelchair across the street. When a car intentionally and aggressively accelerated through almost hitting multiple protestors. They also stated that Mr. Fosters gun was out in front and in his hand but remained pointed at the ground.
There are at least two videos of the incident that are being considered as evidence. Although they don’t really show what happened. They did show was that the car came around the corner quickly and was honking the horn. They also showed that the intersection was filled with protestors. As a result, protestors started to run towards the car and then shots rang out.
You can see the brake lights when Mr. Perry’s car stopped. Within seconds after rounding the corner the shots were fired. It was clear the intersection was packed with cars trying to get through and protestors in the street. Other than a couple eyewitnesses saying that Mr. Foster didn’t raise his gun, nothing confirms or denies this. As far as gun stories go this one is very complex to say the least.
Breaking Down Events
Here we have 3 people legally carrying weapons. All of which believed they were doing the right thing based on what they knew at the time. Mr. Foster thought Mr. Perry was using his car as a weapon to do great bodily harm or even cause death. Mr. Perry has stated Mr. Foster was raising his weapon towards him. As a result, he believed he was in danger of great bodily harm or death. The third shooter heard shots ring out and believed he was preventing great bodily harm or death.
So, let’s try to look at it from a different perspective. If you have ever done research on mob mentality. You will know that even good people do crazy and sometimes violent things when the mob gets out of hand. Knowing this, it would be absolutely ridiculous to think it would be safe to take an AK-47 to a protest (unless it was a gun rally) although it is legal to. Then you have the reasonability factor. Which is used to judge what would a reasonable person have done in Mr. Perry’s situation.
Would a reasonable person have driven around the corner and tried to push through a mob? We all know it is illegal to block an intersection. However, as gun owners we don’t get to enforce laws and later that evening the police arrested dozens of people for doing just that. As gun owners we also can’t be an instigator in the situation or the aggressor.
We are left with what would a reasonable person do. Imagine sitting at an intersection stuck in traffic trying to get to your next job. Only to find that protestors are blocking you from moving forward. Who hasn’t wanted to drive down the side on the express way to avoid a traffic jam? We don’t know for sure if Mr. Foster was or wasn’t raising his rifle at the time. Regardless of how ridiculous it was to take to a protest.
You then have the third shooter. He was a firsthand witness to the shooting. Even though it is unclear on whether he seen Mr. Fosters actions. Was it reasonable for him to draw and open fire based on hearing gun shots and knowing they came from inside the car? Based on this little bit of knowledge, I could see him being justified. He had no way of knowing if it was a conflict between two people or if it was a gun man attacking the crowd in a mass shooting.
The shame here is everyone thought they were protecting someone. Frustrations were high, and tension was all around. The only thing that is certain is Mr. Foster is no longer with us on earth. Let’s here your thoughts on this situation and how you might have reacted the same or differently. Based on the knowledge we currently have. How as gun owners can we learn from this and incorporate it into our training to prevent it in the future?
As more information comes out, I am sure this issue will be cleared up to some extent. So, try to stay focused on what we know right now in your comments. Political comments will be deleted. RGD Reviews is about gun owner unity not politics. We only support gun owners, and all of the amendments, not the politicians. We are red, white, and blue, we don’t follow the only red or only blue one-sided views. We share gun stories with other gun owners so we can learn from them. If possible, we may even be able to incorporate some training aspect from them over time.
On a more serious note, regardless of the outcome Mr. Perry has already had to obtain legal counsel. His legal fees will be upwards of 100k if he is not found justified before a trial. Therefore, it is so important for gun owners to join organizations like the USCCA. The legal battle alone can cost more than we can afford, not to mention the civil one that can sometimes follow. To learn about other dangers check out our concealed carry-dangers gun owners face.