BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 12th, 2012 – A man was arrested on suspicion of taking healthcare into his own hands (literally) by pointing a firearm at a pregnant woman because she was smoking a cigarette near downtown Bellingham, single-handedly proving that happiness is, indeed, a warm gun.
According to the Bellingham Herald, the man rolled up in a blue Dodge pickup at 12:08 p.m. in the 700 block of East Holly Street, with the passenger window down. A 28-year-old woman, who later told police she’s about eight months pregnant, was walking on the sidewalk and smoking a cigarette.
According to police, the man shouted something to the effect of, “Who the heck smokes when they’re pregnant?”
The woman answered, “I do.”
They “exchanged words” for a bit, then the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. The man was still sitting in the truck, about 10 feet from the woman. He drove away, and the woman called 911.
A few minutes later, an officer pulled over a blue Dodge pickup near the intersection of Texas and James streets. The driver, Justin Dain Palmer, 24, admitted to confronting the woman but denied pulling out a gun, Young said.
After Palmer consented to a search of his pickup, police found two Glock semiautomatic .45-caliber handguns in the center console.
Palmer has had some minor run-ins with the law: disorderly conduct and traffic violations.
I admire dude’s passion but unfortunately, this isn’t the way to change the world.
The thing that sucks about this situation is while politicians fight over women’s reproductive rights, there are no laws that force a woman not to smoke, drink and/or do drugs while pregnant. Rad.
How would you approach a pregnant woman that is smoking?