Three suspects, none over the age of 19 have been formally charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Brett A. Wells of Mechanicsville, VA that occurred over this past weekend. According to Sgt. Chris R. Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the three suspect were arrested today (Monday). They also were charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and aggravated malicious wounding. The victims include Brett Wells, whom was shot at his house located on Verdi Lane. He was a sophomore at Atlee High School. The second victim, who’s named appears to not have been released, was also shot, reports say in the hand, as the suspects attempted to get away.
Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office stated, “I am exceptionally proud of the exhaustive efforts of our investigative staff in resolving this case in less than 48 hours,” Col David R. Hines, sheriff, said. “They have literally worked non-stop and are to be commended for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to extend my appreciation to the City of Richmond and Henrico County Police Departments for their direct assistance in furthering our investigation. Lastly, I would like to thank the community for their cooperation during this very trying time.” I too, would like to congratulate the Sheriff’s Officer and the cooperating local Police Departments in the success of capturing 3 thieves and at least one murderer. Hats off to you!
Whitley, of the Hanover County’s Sheriff’s Office said the preliminary investigation indicates that an arrangement was made to purchase a quantity of marijuana from the victim, Brett Well. However, the intention of the suspects was (allegedly) never to purchase the marijuana. Rather, they (allegedly) intended to steal it. As a result, a physical altercation took place during the transaction, which led to Brett Wells being shot once in the chest.
It’s a shame these business transactions can’t be done peacefully, like any other transaction, whether it be a buying goods from a 7-Eleven or Walmart, purchasing the services of a prostitute, or purchasing what we are told are “prohibited items”, such as drugs, off people who operate on the black or grey markets. That’s part of the consequences of prohibition though: trust issues. Everything is done in secret, which creates violence. That’s why educating today’s youth on the principles of Liberty, Voluntaryism and the The Non-Aggression Axiom are SO IMPORTANT. WITH Liberty comes freedom of choice and with freedom of choice comes self responsibility. Force & violence should never be acceptable unless it’s in self defense; and there are NO double standards to that principle (simply meaning people with a badge and a gun don’t have immunity from consequences for using force against peaceful people – but we won’t go down that route right now).
This is an example of the type of business transactions you can expect when you are operating on a black or even grey market. And it’s unfortunate because as a result of the prohibition on certain goods and services, it creates a dangerous environment and a market that good people unfortunately have to operate in. Secrecy, alley-way transactions, behind close-doors transactions, simply transactions that aren’t transparent create trust issues between the entrepreneur and his/ her customers. The good or service being sold is NOT what is causing the violence, it’s a result of the prohibition of those goods or services and a great example of that was the prohibition of alcohol.
For example, hiring the services of a “working girl”, aka prostitute, if criminalized, creates an unsafe environment for her profession because it means the way she has to carry out her job must be done in secret or in fear that if caught, another type of aggression will be committed against her (The State will demand her money or take her freedom by locking her away). Furthermore, carrying out her business in a more private, hush-hush, non-transparent manner creates more of a risk for a violent attack or robbery. On the flip-side to that coin, if she could carry about her business in a professional manner the risk factor would tremendously be decreased for several reasons. Reason one, she could openly/transparently advertise her business and her office, meeting place, which means, she would be that much more protected by the community around her. Reason two, she could have security, or some sort of security system. As far as health aspects, if prostitution was legalized, like it is in some parts of the country, the demand for this type of service would create higher standards when it comes to health related issues, specifically STD’s. ALL legal prostitutes now (possibly by mandated law, or the company they work for) get health screenings and a DNA Analysis to check for STD’s quite frequently, likely on a weekly basis. (I don’t plan on exhausting each point here, I hope the reader can follow my way of thinking and continue to look outside the box w/out having me to explain it). The same can be said for drug transactions or ANY transactions of goods or services that are done within the black or grey market (but we know there is even a risk of getting robbed in the open market as well). If there was a Laissez Faire Capitalism “Free Market” we wouldn’t have this violent situation that is created by the “drug war”.
That’s why I said that educating today’s youth on the principles of Liberty, Voluntaryism, and the The Non-Aggression Axiom are SO IMPORTANT. With Liberty comes freedom of choice and with freedom of choice comes self responsibility. Anything and everything that is voluntary or consensual, should be permissible in a free society. Teach your children to use force ONLY when it’s morally acceptable to, in self-defense. Otherwise, committing an act of aggression against somebody shows a complete lack of respect for their life, liberty and property. Our education must go one step further than that though. Government, especially the federal government is out of control, and there is a little something called “nullification” that people can do to keep the government in check. I will only mention this in brief, but there are various types of nullification, state nullification to federal mandates/legislation, jury nullification and lastly what Sheriff Richard Mack calls “Sheriff Nullification“. Sheriff Nullification is a simple concept, The Sheriff being an elected official has more authority than agents of The Federal Government and to retain our Constitution and the Republic, if the Federal or even State government start passing laws that are unConstitutional, The Sheriff (to all Police, and anyone who’s taken the same oath) has a right and a duty to uphold the Constitution and to disregard any mandates or legislation that are unConstitutional that would essentially undermine our life, liberty or property. Sheriff Richard Mack HAS HAD SUCCESS at this – I implore all you readers to look into him and the hyperlinks i’m providing. If you took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, I would implore you that you take that oath seriously and be an Oath Keeper.
Urge YOUR Sheriff to become a Constitutional, Oath Keeping Sheriff TODAY!
Aggression from an individual, or a collection of individuals (including an organization or institution like the State) should never be morally acceptable.
My sincerest thoughts to the family and friends of this young man who’s passed away. My prayers are with you.
Just in case I didn’t make my point clear enough. The cause of the violence was due to a transaction (does NOT matter what it was) that turned into a robbery. People who commit these types of crimes clearly don’t have any respect for someone’s life, liberty or property and THESE are the basic fundamental principles that need be taught to children as they are growing up.