One of the Tucson shooting victims is speaking out two weeks after a bizarre outburst that landed him not only in jail, but also in psychiatric custody. J. Eric Fuller was arrested after making threatening comments at a town hall meeting a week after the shootings that killed six and wounded 13, including him.
Fuller told KGUN9 he meant no harm when he pointed a camera at a Tea Party activist and said, "you're dead." He said he was trying to make a point about how easy access to guns makes it easy to kill.
"Where Gabrielle Giffords was standing, when I began hearing the gunfire, I turned and looked and there was Jared [Loughner], athletically pumping out the rounds, taking aim and firing," Fuller recalled. For him, the memory of the shooting is fresh and sharp. So sharp, it got him into trouble.
He already believed guns are too easy to obtain when he became one of the shooting victims January 8th. A week later he was part of a town hall meeting sponsored by ABC News.
When Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries suggested it was too soon to talk about tighter gun control, Fuller did something that got him arrested. He pointed a camera at Humphries and said, "You're dead." Now, Fuller has apologized for the perceived threat that landed him in hot water with the authorities.
"I'd like to reiterate my apology to Mr. Humphries. I really meant him no harm. However, what I was trying to do is demonstrate how very quickly within the same space of time as the click of a shutter on a camera that another person can pull a trigger and your life is over, it's done," Fuller said.
Deputies took Fuller's actions as a serious threat. They did more than arrest Fuller. They invoked a state law called Title 36 and placed him under an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.
"What do you think of the idea that they ended up putting you into a psychiatric commitment based on what happened at that town hall?" 9 On Your Side reporter Craig Smith asked.
"That's true, and this might in some people's mind discredit me, Craig, from what I'm saying, what I'm espousing, what I'm advocating. But, that's their decision to make," Fuller responded.
Fuller said he wants to work against assault weapons, and regards a handgun as an assault weapon if it has a high capacity clip like the one used in the mass shooting.
"And another thing we need is to expand mental health facilities, not cut back on them. It's cruel to put people who are mentally ill in jail," Fuller added.
Fuller said he wants to see severe penalties for what he sees as advocating the assassination of an elected official. When asked to clarify, he said he was talking about the sort of violent imagery used in politics, like an ad that put cross hairs on Gabrielle Giffords congressional district as well as several others.
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