For some reason, the story about former North Carolina State Senator RC Soles shooting a home intruder is making the rounds again in recent days.
The senator, who has spent his political career fighting against the individual right to keep and bear arms, apparently believes the right to keep and bear arms is still valid for elected officials.
The intruder Soles shot, Kyle Blackburn, went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and Soles has refused to provide media interviews since the incident.
Folks obviously aren’t doing their research. The incident happened three years ago. Soles is no longer a State Senator. He decided not to run after the shooting incident. And, according to Snopes, his last year in office he had an “A” rating from the NRA on gun issues. I know some of you don’t trust Snopes, but they link to Grass Roots North Carolina which writes this about Soles;
R.C. Soles is not a “virulent anti-Second Amendment activist” nor a “vociferous anti-gun zealot.” [T]he charges are simply not true — he is mediocre at worst and has voted with us on most major issues.
I suspect the old article popped up on Drudge with a “Flashback” warning or something similar which triggered a bunch of folks to write about it thinking it was a new article. But I’ve seen the link in my inbox a few times, so I thought I’d address it here.
Soles pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and was fined $1000 back in 2010.