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Reporter reduces a senior citizen to tears for defending himself

Rebecca Aguilar ambushed 70-year-old James Walton as he walked to his car. She stood over him, berating him for shooting and killing someone who tried to break into his house, asking,

"Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?"

James Walton was reduced to tears, while she looked down on him with flagrant indifference.

Here's the backstory.

James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in the 2000 block of Chalk Hill Road in West Dallas, was alerted to the intruder when his motion sensor system activated about 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Mr. Walton, who also lives at his business, went downstairs with a shotgun and fired at a man who had broken in. The intruder was later identified by police as Jimmy Gannon of Ferris.

Police said Mr. Walton also noticed another man outside Sunday. Mr. Walton shot and wounded that man. He escaped, but a witness eventually led police to him. The man, whom police did not immediately identify, was questioned by officers Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Gannon, 37, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he died.

Police said Mr. Walton is allowed to protect his property. No charges were filed against him Sunday, though the case will be referred to a grand jury, police said.

"He's got a right to defend his property. What gives a stranger the right to go in and vandalize or burglarize his business?" said Dallas police Sgt. Gene Reyes. "He's within every legal right to do this."

Mr. Walton could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Dallas police Sgt. Andrew Harvey said he doesn't believe anything was stolen from Mr. Walton's business on Sunday.

On Sept. 22, Mr. Walton shot and killed a man he saw climbing through a pried-open window of his business, police said. The intruder was later identified as Raul Laureles. That incident also was referred to a grand jury.


Aguilar, who has since been suspended (and was just named one of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists' Broadcast Journalists of the Year), apparently thought this would be a good opportunity to bully a senior citizen.

What Ms. Aguilar did not find significant was that Mr. Walton called the police 42 times to report break-ins, and also that his place of business is also his home. She also didn't point out that she is strongly anti-gun. Apparently, this "professional" is unable to keep her bias out of her journalism.

I have to say, I think that what she did to this man is despicable. I don't own a gun (yet), but you can bet your ass that if someone broke into my house and I was armed, I would shoot them in a heartbeat. My goal would not necessarily be to kill, but if I did, too bad -- they shouldn't have broken in. I wouldn't sit there to wait and find out whether or not an intruder caused me harm. How is one supposed to determine whether or not a criminal is going to be dangerous to you? If you've called the police and they haven't been arriving in a timely fashion, then what other option do you have? To wait and see if this criminal breaking into your home is going to cause you physical harm or not? To just cooperate and pray he doesn't hurt you? Or should you defend yourself, with deadly force if necessary? Sgt. Reyes said it himself -- he has a right to defend himself and his property, which he did, and I applaud him for that.

And while Ms. Aguilar has every right to do a piece on the story if she so chooses, it is more than a little unprofessional to go into the story with a pre-set bias, and look to humiliate the man, and ultimately make him cry. She didn't report the facts; she tried to make the law-abiding citizen the bad guy and the criminal the good guy (typical for a liberal). Why she hasn't been fired already is beyond me.

Feel free to contact Aguilar's superiors about this if you so choose:

News director: [email protected]

Vice President and General Manager: [email protected]

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

UPDATE: I've (obviously) had to remove the video, as it has been taken off of YouTube. The station is apparently claiming copyright violation. Guilty conscience? Embarassed? Who knows...


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Comments (44)

Why is it that leftists alw... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Why is it that leftists always find themselves on the side of the evildoer?

I agree with almost all of ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

I agree with almost all of what you wrote.

I would shoot them in a heartbeat. My goal would not necessarily be to kill

Exactly the wrong idea. Unless you're some expert marksman who's had mucho experience firing your gun under extreme conditions, there's no way you could "Shoot to maim" on purpose, and I would suggest that if you were such a person, you still wouldn't "shoot to maim" as that's not a good idea.

Don't point a gun at someone unless you might have to shoot them.

Don't shoot someone unless you're prepared to kill them.

So, don't point a gun at someone unless you're prepared to kill them.

If you decide to get a gun for defensive purposes, that is the first thing you should think about. If you point a gun at someone, you had better be ready to kill them.
A threat is no good unless you're prepared to back it up and it's much too late to make up your mind while you're standing there holding a gun on an intruder.

Veeshir, let me clarify tha... (Below threshold)

Veeshir, let me clarify that statement. I am obviously not some expert marksman, although I do like going to the gun range occasionally. I guess the point I was making is that if someone broke into my house, I'd shoot them, and whether or not they were killed or injured is their problem, not mine.

Thanks for the email addres... (Below threshold)

Thanks for the email addresses. I sent an email of my opinion of using this kind of sensationalism as news.

I am sure that the news station saw nothing wrong with the story. Typical of the MSM.

These stalky reporter techn... (Below threshold)
jp2:

These stalky reporter techniques actually remind me of Malkin. I figured her readership was down after the stalking and horribly embarrassing blogging on the Frost family. Continually impressive, Wizbang.

I wasn't trying to just giv... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

I wasn't trying to just give you a hard time Cassy, (I'll try not to call you Cassie anymore), I just see that attitude all the time.

When the fecal matter hits the air circulating device is not the time to think about what you're doing.
I don't have a concealed carry permit for a few reasons even though I'm very well armed. First off, I work in a gov't building so I can't carry to work. Second, most of my friends are GFWs so I wouldn't be able to carry to their houses. Third, some of my friends live in MD, where a large portion of my arsenal would be a felony. And last of all, because I don't want to have to shoot to kill unless they're in my house, so I probably wouldn't carry a gun anyway.

However, I have thought about shooting someone in my house and I've already made my decision. Well, the important decision. I haven't really decided which gun to shoot them with so I rotate them around in my hiding spots. Currently, I'll be leaving .500" holes in any intruders if I'm in bed, .45" holes if I'm in the living room.

The coincidence of killing ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The coincidence of killing two intruders in a matter of weeks is rather unfortunate for Mr. Walton, but in the end seems to be just that, a coincidence.

The part of the story I wonder about is this:

Police said Mr. Walton also noticed another man outside Sunday. Mr. Walton shot and wounded that man. He escaped, but a witness eventually led police to him.

The details are scarce, but was this man just standing outside when Walton shot at him? Was he shot while he was fleeing (which he would presumably do after seeing his accomplice shot)? If Walton is shooting at people as they run away, than that is another story.

I didn't watch the video, so I don't know if any details about the second guy were revealed in it.

Btw, Aguilar has been suspended.

These stalky reporter te... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

These stalky reporter techniques actually remind me of Malkin. I figured her readership was down after the stalking and horribly embarrassing blogging on the Frost family. Continually impressive, Wizbang.
That's funny. I get it, you hate Michele, at least there were no ping-pong ball jokes so that's something.

Funny mantis,I fig... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Funny mantis,

I figured you would be first in line to condemn the tactics of Miss Aguilar. Considering you were much more harsh with the less volatile and less confrontational tactics of Ms. Malkin.

Why the apparent double standard?

If you decide to get a g... (Below threshold)
Proof:

If you decide to get a gun for defensive purposes, that is the first thing you should think about. If you point a gun at someone, you had better be ready to kill them.
Veeshir is right. Another thing to consider is that deadly force should be the last resort. Think of home security in terms of layers - fences, dead bolts, etc.
But once an intruder has breached one or more layers of defense, you either need to be fully prepared to use deadly force if necessary, or rethink gun ownership for your self protection.

Why the apparent double ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Why the apparent double standard?

I'm not defending Aquilar. What made you think I was?

I haven't watched the video; I will when I get home, but from what I'm reading she was way out of line.

She was smart enough to amb... (Below threshold)
epador:

She was smart enough to ambush him in the open and not at his front door...

Rebecca should be brought u... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Rebecca should be brought up on charges for violating Mr. Walton's civil rights.

It's an obvious hate crime with this hispanic woman using her position as a so called journalist to leverage her bias and hatred of white men who use guns to defend themselves to humiliate them in front of millions of people.

Rebecca is guilty of a hate crime and so is the news station. She should be fired and Mr. Walton should bring her up on charges.

What made you think I wa... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

What made you think I was?

Just comparing your attack on Malkin:

Not to worry, not many parents will let their children talk with Democrats anymore, unless they want Michelle "Stalkin" Malkin digging through their trash. Classy.

to your casual reaction to this "true" journalistic ambush tactic.

I wrote in my first comment... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I wrote in my first comment that I hadn't watched the video, and thus didn't comment on it. That was not a "casual reaction," it was no reaction at all, as I had not yet seen what you apparently want me to react to.

Give it up, pal. I don't defend nasty reporters who ambush people.

I got my CWP shortly after ... (Below threshold)
smartguy:

I got my CWP shortly after Virginia Tech, and now carry a concealed 9mm everywhere I legally can. I sure hope I never have to kill someone, but I will if the time comes. Better for the scumbag to die than for my family or myself be injured or killed.

I am stunned shocked and fl... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I am stunned shocked and floored that the media would bully a regular citizen...
Obviously she is a MM or Rush fan and just felt she had a right to do so...
After all, this person...just defending his home should have known it would be covered in the news. By shooting this person he chose to make himself "fair game"

What do we expect folks?

Well there was no video of ... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Well there was no video of Malkin's interviews but you felt free to condemn then.

Just showing your hypocrisy, that's all.

I didn't need video, Malkin... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I didn't need video, Malkin wrote about what she was doing.

And where's the hypocrisy? I said from what I have read, it seems Aguilar was way out of line, and I would watch the video later.

J.R., you're full of shit and you know it.

Before the flames start..fo... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Before the flames start..for those that do not understand my post....

The fact that such outrageous conduct exists...is that it is deemed ok....

This person did what he did to protect his family.
I have no problem with legal gun ownership. Although our family has never had a gun..I have no problem with those that do....

My point...was simply...
There is no difference between attacking the Frost Family and attacking this person.

We all want it both ways..but seldom does that happen....

No agenda...can be accomplished...by picking on the decisions of Americans in trauma...

We are no longer...a Norman Rockwell nation...

Anyone who does not believe this is class warfare....
with the rich calling the shots?
Well...I am glad your life is not impacted.

How can anyone condemn this BS..and pretend the attacks against.. the Frosts is justified?

Here in Colorado...we know what Bullshit smells like...no mater the source

My goal would not necess... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

My goal would not necessarily be to kill, but if I did, too bad -- they shouldn't have broken in.


Cassy, you better shoot to kill. If you don't, you could expect a civil lawsuit demanding punitive damages for injuries.

If that sounds cold, blame the legal system.

How can anyone condemn t... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

How can anyone condemn this BS..and pretend the attacks against.. the Frosts is justified?
I missed the part where MM cornered the guy and hassled him and wouldn't let him drive away. Was there a video of that over at Wizbang Blue or are you just trying to equate two inequal actions?

Nogo,My p... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Nogo,

My point...was simply... There is no difference between attacking the Frost Family and attacking this person.

There's you go, sticking in your big "BUT" again.

Almost all your posts include some sort of clarifier pointing to some other example that doesn't even come near the original in magnitude.

Innocent victim ambushed by reporter DOES NOT EQUAL blogger asking questions about a family who opted to put themselves in the spotlight.

It's a very, very simple thing to realize, even for the simplest of people.

How can anyone condemn t... (Below threshold)
TomB:

How can anyone condemn this BS..and pretend the attacks against.. the Frosts is justified?

First of all, I reject that pointing out the real financial situation of the Frosts is an "attack". That said, there is a huge difference, Mr. Watson didn't ask or agree to be burglarized, the Frosts were happy to put their son in front of the national media to score a political point.

Quite a difference.

When did MM ambush the Fros... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

When did MM ambush the Frost family. I've read the articles from day one and have found no incidence when she even talked to any one of them. Driving by the home is not plundering through the trash for dirt, it is verifying what others are saying about their home. Talking to a renter at the business (public) is not ambushing the Frosts. Several former (now dying) MSM outlets have exploited the Frost for political purposes. Anyway the health care bill was passed, veto's and the veto upheld and the Frost were and still are on the government dole for health care because they are evidently too sorry to work enough hours to support their family, or too stupid to have insurance before the car crash. By the way, who was driving the vehicle they were injured in? Most people carry several hundred thousands of dollars in insurance just for the purpose the Frost are riding the taxpayers for. I have sympathy for the children but the parents are a poor example for parents everywhere. Should they even be in charge of these childrens lives?

Forget it Scrapiron, ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Forget it Scrapiron,

When they compare these sort of things, it makes sense to them but not to us.

Michelle = ninja attack blogger
Bush = Hitler

J.R., you're full of shi... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

J.R., you're full of shit and you know it.

whatever, just showing your bias and you know it. mantis, you are usually level-headed, but you went batshit crazy when it came to Malkin asking questions about the Frosts which as scrapiron points out, was not ambush journalism.

OK---First as one who has c... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

OK---First as one who has carried a concealed weapon for over 25 years, the correct TERM to use and apply for shooting a criminal is (shoot to STOP). And like a poster said above, to avoid any complications legal/civil the motto "dead men tell no tales" should always apply. One MUST be ready and able to KILL in a split second, if one is ever going to carry a firearm. No second thoughts at all here...

As for the D-bag reporter, she along with a few other MSM need to be made to cry.....might help put things in perspective for those assholes.

jp2:These stal... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2:

These stalky reporter techniques actually remind me of Malkin. I figured her readership was down after the stalking and horribly embarrassing blogging on the Frost family. Continually impressive, Wizbang.

EXTREME ignorance ignored!

but you went batshit cra... (Below threshold)
mantis:

but you went batshit crazy when it came to Malkin asking questions about the Frosts which as scrapiron points out, was not ambush journalism.

I never said it was ambush journalism; it was you who compared the two. And it wasn't just Malkin, it was Riehl and Steyn and many other bloggers from the right who decided that this family needed to be destroyed, and were willing to lie repeatedly to do it. I found it extremely distasteful, and bloggers with a readership like Malkin's should be responsible about what they feed them. The Frosts didn't deserve the accusations of fraud, or to have their home address published, or the threats they received as a result of sharing their story. So yeah, it pissed me off. Attack the policy, attack the Democrats, fine. But the people that went after the Frosts are scum. And that's my level-headed opinion.

Mantis and Nogo repeat the ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Mantis and Nogo repeat the still stupid canard that the Frost family was "attacked".

This nonsense should embarrass them but evidently they are immune to embarrassment. The Frost family is intentionally put forward for political reasons - Walton did not put himself forward for political purposes. The circumstances of the Frosts are put into the political debate and are fair game. They were specifically used in a dishonest attempt to insulate Democrats from criticism - and Nogo and Mantis continue to hide behind the Frosts.

But this distinction is dishonestly ignored.

so questioning mopes trotti... (Below threshold)
bloodrage bob:

so questioning mopes trotting out political kabuki ("we want y'all to pay for our healthcare. ya like our 3000 sq. ft. house?"") is now the equivalent of ambushing the old man? ("how could you be so mean as to defend yourself, grandpa?"

wow. liberals REALLY don't like having their dogma challenged, it seems. just my level-headed opinion.

You white people make me si... (Below threshold)
Rebecca:

You white people make me sick. Do you have any idea how hard it is to stalk a 70 year old veteran? I almost let loose a big ole taco beaner fart which would have alerted Mr. Watson. My cover as a bitter criminal supporting liberal might have been exposed!

How dare he shoot those poor thugs. Anyone else think I look hot in a butch hair cut?

BTW, the linked video is no... (Below threshold)
Lledowynn:

BTW, the linked video is no longer available.

First Fox hires Jerry River... (Below threshold)
Don:

First Fox hires Jerry Rivers (born in the Bronx and changed his name because it wasn't spanish. His father came to the US and wanted to be an American so he changed the family name to Rivers) Now we have this woman. Is Fox trying to go left wing on us.

BTW, the linked video i... (Below threshold)
marc:

BTW, the linked video is no longer available.

An admission of embarrassment... or guilt?

Here's the answer for the v... (Below threshold)
marc:

Here's the answer for the video being unavailable, the local Fox affiliate is claiming copyright violation.

Kevin, you're next I bet.

Bet it would have been diff... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Bet it would have been different in that same crinimal was breaking to that reporters car or home

I suspect we will develop p... (Below threshold)
kim:

I suspect we will develop private space, the intrusion into which by YouTube, would constitute a tort or crime. This is remininscent of assault and battery.
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This nonsense should emb... (Below threshold)
mantis:

This nonsense should embarrass them but evidently they are immune to embarrassment. The Frost family is intentionally put forward for political reasons - Walton did not put himself forward for political purposes.

Once again, I did not compare the two. And now that I've watched the video, I will say that Aguilar should be fired for this. That's not journalism, it's abuse.

The circumstances of the Frosts are put into the political debate and are fair game. They were specifically used in a dishonest attempt to insulate Democrats from criticism

No, they were offered as an example of families that have benefited from SCHIP, on a radio address that normally no one pays a lick of attention to. The Frosts story didn't insulate Democrats from criticism; criticism of the program, or the expansion, continued by reasonable people. However, the tactic of character assassination of anyone and everyone seen as a "threat"--favored above all others by a certain portion of the right--was engaged in heavily by less than reasonable people.

and Nogo and Mantis continue to hide behind the Frosts.

I'm not hiding behind them. You want to talk about SCHIP? Let's talk about it. You want to attack the Frosts? I'll call it as I see it. They could have been safely ignored (once again, who the hell listens to the Democrats radio address?), but right-wing bloggers, and sympathetic politicians, decided to show their seemingly bottomless vindictiveness on this. I don't see why there weren't more reasonable conservatives upset about it; it only hurts your cause.

No, they were offered as... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

No, they were offered as an example of families that have benefited from SCHIP

No, that statement is incorrect. The Frost's offered their son up to the Democrats for use as a political pawn. If Reid had just described their situation instead of using a 12 year old to give a rebuttal, then you may have a point, but that is not how it happened. What happened next was not only justified, but necessary to inform everyone of their situation, not just the kid's scripted description of it.

What happened next was n... (Below threshold)
mantis:

What happened next was not only justified, but necessary to inform everyone of their situation, not just the kid's scripted description of it.

First of all, tell me why what happened next was necessary.

Second of all, they were not informing everyone of their situation, they were finding whatever details they could, true or not, and ignoring many others, in order to distort their situation. Added to which they published the Frosts home address, subjecting them to the abuse and threats of rabid righties, repeatedly insulted them and accused them of fraud, and generally acted like assholes.

But really, tell me why that was necessary.

Yeah, Graeme qualified with... (Below threshold)
kim:

Yeah, Graeme qualified without the expansion. What a waste of mantis's hypocritically outraged rhetoric.
==========================================

But really,... (Below threshold)
TomB:

But really, tell me why that was necessary.

I can't. I'm generally against the building up of strawmen.




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