From the Unfortunate Juxtaposition Department, Governor Dennis Daugaard is away in Connecticut trying to convince gun manufacturers that South Dakota is a great place for guns. Meanwhile, South Dakota law enforcement scrambles to deal with gunslingers whom we shouldn't trust with guns.
First, a guy with a history of domestic violence and alleged mental illness shoots two people and himself in Clear Lake:
Brett M. Pommer barricaded himself in his home after allegedly shooting two females before 9 p.m., according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. SWAT teams from Codington County and Highway Patrol found Pommer’s body after no contact was made when they attempted to negotiate.
...Three women, including Pommer’s then-wife, have filed protection orders against him since 2003. Pommer and his wife divorced earlier this year with the wife citing adultery and irreconcilable differences, according to Deuel County court documents. The couple had married in 2005 and lived at 925 Third Ave., the same address where the shooting took place.
Last September, Pommer’s wife filed a protection order against him in Deuel County after he allegedly threw their son on a basement couch while the two were watching TV, according to court documents. His wife stated in the documents that they were in the process of getting a divorce and Pommer was bipolar and did not always take his medication [Dalton Walker, "Clear Lake Shooting Suspect Had History of Domestic Violence, Documents Show," that Sioux Falls paper, 2013.06.18].
And in West River, police have to shoot a rifle-toting two-time three-time DUI convict and parole jumper:
Travis Will Ross, 43, was shot after he brandished a rife at two Pennington County deputies and a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper about three miles east of New Underwood on U.S. Highway 14/16.
...According to the South Dakota Department of Corrections, Ross was paroled from a third-offense felony DUI conviction on Nov. 30, 2012. He was paroled to Newell, but was listed as absconded from parole on March 27.
Ross had two third-offense DUIs in just over two years, according to court records.
Ross received a probationary sentence for a third-offense DUI arrest in Pennington County in June 2009, but violated his probation. As a result, he was sentenced to two years in prison in November 2009.
He was apparently on parole when he was again arrested for third-offense DUI in Jackson County in August 2011. That arrest earned him an 18-month sentence that was served consecutive to his parole violation [Andrea J. Cook, "Man Shot by Officers Wanted for Parole Violations," Rapid City Journal, 2013.06.19].
As far as I can tell, South Dakota law doesn't prohibit guys like Pommer and Ross from possessing firearms, because holy cow, you never know when you'll need bipolar child abusers and habitual drunks to join the militia and fight North Korean invaders. You've got to be convicted for a crime of violence or felony drug activity to lose your gun rights in South Dakota. Domestic violence will forfeit your gun rights for just one year.
So come on in, Colt, Stag, and friends! The shooting is fine in South Dakota!10 comments