A Seattle gang member with a history of violence is off to prison for 76 years, according to today’s Seattle Times, but before King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert handed down the sentence Friday, Kevin Hubbard proved he is as careless with his mouth as he has been with guns.
Hubbard, 24, was convicted in November of attempted first-degree murder, shooting three people in January 2012 and for a different shooting in May 2012 in Skyway that left the victim wounded, but also ended with Hubbard putting a round through is own rump.
This was happening as the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show was wrapping up in Las Vegas, where scores of gunmakers were showing off the kind of hardware Hubbard abused and misused, if one reads the Times story. It also coincided with a rather unimpressive appearance on the capitol steps of about 50 people from the Moms Demand Action group, whose turnout pales by comparison to the crowd at today’s Washington Arms Collectors gun show here in Puyallup. This morning there were easily a couple of thousand people in the show.
The newspaper described Hubbard’s firearm as an “assault rifle” loaded with “military-grade ammunition.” Translation: This was a semi-auto look-alike loaded with standard-velocity cartridges with what is typically referred to as “ ball” projectiles. That is, a full-metal-jacket bullet that is favored by many recreational shooters, competitors and even some varmint hunters.
The Times said Hubbard, apparently ignoring the advice of his attorney, decided to crank off some words from his high-capacity mouth and low-capacity gray matter, telling King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Stephen Herschkowitz, “You ain’t got (expletive) on me!”
To Hubbard’s disappointment, Herschkowitz did have something on him, and it was enough for Hubbard to enter Alford pleas in the Skyway incident, including a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. The newspaper said he will appeal.
Hubbard is the type of person against whom the moms should direct their angst rather than the thousands of law-abiding gun owners who were roaming the aisles today in Puyallup, or the tens of thousands of industry folks, including manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers who attended the SHOT Show this past week.
On Friday, hard-rocker Ted Nugent appeared and signed autographs as the SHOT Show wrapped up, and he had a new appearance. Gone was his trademark ponytail, but his hard line approach to gun rights was there in living color.
Also yesterday, the Times reported a Spanish Fork, Utah multiple shooting that the moms might define as a “mass shooting,” except that this one was a murder-suicide involving a police officer who apparently murdered his mother-in-law, his wife and children before turning the gun on himself. Dead are Lindon police officer Joshua Boren, his wife, Kelly, their children and Mrs. Boren’s mother, Marie King.
And finally, after President Barack Obama claimed ignorance about yet another scandal erupting during his administration — there was Fast and Furious, the IRS, Benghazi, Healthcare.gov and the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters with the Associated Press and Fox News — there are suggestions that a man this disconnected from serious things happening on his watch is too incompetent to be president.