“No Cutsies” Gun battle at Rite Aid is as dumb as it sounds

I talk a lot to people who don’t like guns.

At some point their argument turns to an example of stupidity so egregious that it’s almost insulting. The moral equivalent of judging all motorists against the yardstick of their drunk driving uncle who launched his Ford Galaxie up a telephone pole one Sunday morning.

You’re about to see a lethal shootout at a Rite Aid shootout over “No Cuties”. These guys are exhibit’s A and B in the anti-gun argument.

Bernell Benn shot and killed Ramon Colorado over a "no Cutsies" argument at a Rite Aid
Bernell Benn shot and killed Ramon Colorado over a “no Cutsies” argument at a Rite Aid

 

Bernell Benn and Ramon Colorado somehow turn a dispute over who was in front of whom at a Rite Aid checkout, to a pepper spray attack and then a gun battle in an occupied store. Ramon lost his life. Benn is fighting an expensive court battle and has to live with the fact that he killed a man.

By the way, I looked at the video. According to the rigorous rules of grade school “No Cutsies,” Colorado is clearly in the right. You can see him enter the line at the 12 second mark. That’s Benn, hanging out on the side talking on his cell phone. Colorado¬†is there for 15 seconds before Benn decided that his line rights had been infringed upon.

At the 51 second mark, Colorado makes the universal “Fuck it. Get in front of me, if it’s that big a deal.” Benn doesn’t get in front of him, though. Because, I suspect, he’s kind of an asshole.

At the 1:19 mark, Colorado pepper sprays Benn. Why? You can’t pepper spray people just for being assholes.

Then, rather than leaving, he seems to be stalking Benn down the aisle.

By the end, Benn has chased Colorado to the front of the store when the screen fades to black.

Both men were exercising their rights to carry, and although Benn is a dick, it does seem as if his life were in danger.

One of the most difficult lessons in life is knowing how to choose your battles. That clearly wasn’t either man’s strong suit. Why else would they turn something as juvenile as, “Hey! I was here first!” into a gunfight on aisle 1?

From argument to pepper spray to gun battle, Ramon Colorado is a perfect example of how not to handle an argument
From argument to pepper spray to gun battle, Ramon Colorado is a perfect example of how not to handle an argument