Crawford: SHOTS FIRED by a local - in the air - for now

Shooting at a grieving mother ?!?! WTF ? Is there no limits to how low Bushies can go ? Forget Iraq, we are about to get in a civil war right here in America! -- law

by patrioticliberal
Deborah Mathews reporting for The Iconoclast.

Camp Casey is becoming very organized, with how-to signs placed about. Ann Wright said, "That's what we are trying to do."

Let me read you the schedule posted on a tree: "9:15 camp meeting; 10 a.m. inter-faith service, 10:30 a.m., "Food-Not-Bombs Breakfast at Peace House," and....

"Wait! Someone is firing a gun. (pause). He fired it into the air about five times. He appears to be a local inside the fence line on private property. Now he has thrown what looks like a shotgun into the front seat of a pickup, and he's stomping off out of sight. I wonder where he went.

"Now he's coming back out. I'm out here standing on the road. He's got a no parking sign in his hand, walking toward his fence. I'm going to go try to talk to him. I've got to hang up."

(three minutes later)
I went over and talked to the man. He is Larry Mattlage, who says he is on his property and just posted a no-parking sign.
"We're going to start doing our war and it's going to be underneath the law," he told me. "Whatever it takes. So y'all go find another place to do whatever you do. 'Cause this is our front yard and back yard.
I asked, "Do you mean the protestors?"
Wait.....now there's some Secret Service and cops. I'm going to get closer to hear what they're saying. People in bullet-proof vests are here now. Two Secret Service agents are now walking up his driveway towards his house, with Mr. Mattlage. A member of the Sheriff's Department has arrived. Mr. Mattlage is waving his arms now. All of them are now walking back this way.
Now they are between the lane and the house. He's at the fence now. Let me record what they are saying. I'll call right back.

Editor's Note: Permission is granted to reprint the information and photographs appearing in this feature about Cindy Sheehan's visit to Crawford and activities at The Peace House. Attribution would be appreciated. Recordings, if any, may also be reproduced, with credit. — -- W. Leon Smith, publisher, The Lone Star Iconoclast


Cindy Sheehan was interviewed shortly after the incident, according to Ella at EllaGoes.Typepad.com :

Cindy Sheehan spoke to the press after this incident, and was asked if she thought the man had a right to fire his gun on his own property. Her response was to the effect that he certainly did, so long as the bullet stayed on his property, too."

But who is this Larry Mattlage? From the Houston Chronicle
But Larry Mattlage, who owns the farm across the road from where Sheehan and her supporters are encamped, was not pleased by the new visitors, who hung protest signs in the trees. Sitting on his parked tractor across the road, Mattlage said he supported the right to protest but that the demonstrators should not be allowed to stay for prolonged periods.

"In the morning I usually wake up and see the morning sun," he said. "Now I wake up to stuff hanging in trees." [he should be seeing the morning sun behind bars! -- law]

From The Western Star:
Her next-door neighbor, Larry Mattlage, spent part of Wednesday afternoon on his four-wheeler trying to prevent protestors from parking cars on the grassy easement in front of his goat farm.

"I understand these people's cause. I appreciate that," he said. But, he added, "Everybody just wants to know when it's going to be over. Are we going to have to put up with this all summer?" [Yep, didn't you vote on the man ? You whislted the tune, now pay the piper! -- law]

Daily Kos: SHOTS FIRED (courtesy Iconoclaust)


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