In a disturbing turn of events, Nathan Donald Pelham, a Texas man already facing charges for his participation in the January 6th Capitol insurrection, decided to open fire on sheriff’s deputies who visited his home for a welfare check. It’s worth noting that Pelham, as a convicted felon, wasn’t even supposed to possess firearms.
The deputies were conducting the welfare check at the request of Pelham’s father, and it was just ahead of Pelham’s scheduled surrender to the FBI. Unfortunately, instead of peacefully complying, Pelham chose to escalate the situation by firing several shots toward the officers, according to a recent criminal complaint.
One deputy recounted the harrowing experience, stating that one of the gunshots came so close that they could hear the distinct whistling sound as the bullet traveled by and struck a metal object nearby. It’s clear that Pelham wasn’t just making a show of force – he was willing to use deadly force against law enforcement.
Pelham now faces an additional felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and it’s likely that an attempted murder charge could be added to his growing list of offenses.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face daily, but also raises questions about the “law and order” mantra often championed by former President Trump and his supporters. It’s hard to reconcile the actions of someone like Pelham, who actively participated in the Capitol riot and fired at deputies, with the concept of respecting the rule of law.
As the fallout from the January 6th insurrection continues, we must demand accountability for those who participated in the attack on our democracy, but also question the values and rhetoric that contributed to such a violent event. Young and progressive readers must stay vigilant, ensuring that the truth is told, and justice prevails.