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Victim of Tucson Shooter Threatens Tea Party Leader

Eric Fuller, who was wounded in last Saturday’s shootings in Tucson, last graced The Corner for saying some powerful stupid things to the effect that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and even John Boehner were the root causes of the tragedy. 

Well, he’s back, and this time it’s for crashing a town hall meeting and telling a local Arizona tea party leader “you’re dead” as he snapped his photo:

When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”

When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her.  One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller.   Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

Pima County sheriff’s deputies had the good sense to arrest Fuller for disorderly conduct and intimidation. He was heard to shout “You’re all whores!” as he was escorted from the room. Hopefully they’ll take at least a cursory glance at his state of mind as well.

Is Fuller unstable? Two additional pieces of evidence, in order of wackiness. First, from the same news story:

Fuller, age 63, is a political operative who specializes in gathering petitions for ballot initiatives.   Before the program began, he passed out business cards to people sitting around him that read:

“Signatures”

Expediting Initiatives since 2006″

J. Eric Fuller “Political Circulator.”

And two, via Stacy McCain, a profile that seems to belong to Fuller at the hypnosis web site Hynothoughts.com:

Let’s hope his “extraordinary persuasive charisma” is all he uses.

UPDATE: Fuller apologizes:

“It was not in the spirit of our allegiance and warm feelings of each other as citizens of this great country,” Fuller said in the statement, which he released through his girlfriend, according to the Associated Press.

He apologized for his “misplaced outrage.”

Meanwhile, Humphries, the target of Fuller’s threat, says he wants to do whatever it takes to ensure that Fuller gets help if he needs it.

“If pressing charges is the only way to make sure he gets the help he needs, we’ll probably do that,” Humphries said in a phone interview Sunday. “I’m not saying this guy’s Jared Loughner, but I can’t tell you for sure he’s not a danger to himself, me or the community.”

[. . .]

 

“I don’t want to harm this man, he’s not an enemy,” Humphries said. “I want to make sure, if it is a mental thing, it’s really, really taken seriously because this can’t happen anymore,” he said, referring to the way Loughner apparently slipped through the cracks for years.

UPDATE II: Is Fuller a convicted sex offender? Blogger Greg Howard chases down the paper trail to make the case. It relies on some big assumptions, but it’s otherwise plausible.

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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