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    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Airman shot in face in Akron after surviving tour in Iraq

    By Phil Trexler
    Beacon Journal staff writer

    POSTED: 08:36 p.m. EDT, Sep 23, 2009

    The cruel irony lingers over the Taylor home, punctuated by pictures of a son in uniform adorning the living room.

    Vincent Taylor II, a U.S. Air Force airman, survived a tour in Iraq earlier this year.

    But when he returned home this week to Akron to celebrate his 23rd birthday, Taylor wound up shot in the face by would-be robbers.

    Taylor is recovering at a local hospital. Meanwhile, Akron police detectives are seeking the public's help in apprehending the two robbers.

    The airman's parents, Vince and Nellie Taylor of Akron, paused from their vigil with their son to meet with reporters Wednesday. They said the family's faith will carry them.

    The war in Iraq, they said, pales in some ways to the war on the streets of Akron, where assaults are escalating in record numbers and their son is the latest casualty.

    ''There's a war right here, a war right here in this city that we must attend to, that we need to do something about,'' Nellie Taylor said.

    ''You know when he's in Iraq, you know who he's fighting against and he has his brothers to help him,'' she said. ''But when you're here in this war, you don't know exactly who you're fighting against, and there's no cause to do what people are doing, which is killing.''

    Vincent Taylor, a Central-Hower High School graduate, entered the military about 18 months ago. His goal, his parents said, was to find direction in his life by escaping the streets of Akron and the crime that comes with the territory.

    ''He knew what was going on here wasn't what he really wanted,'' his mother said.

    The airman served his tour in Iraq, providing security protection from January to July. He came home to Akron briefly this summer and returned to Moody Air Force base in Valdosta, Ga.

    On Saturday, he drove to Akron to be with family. He turned 23 on Monday.

    Early Wednesday morning, Taylor and his brother, Preston Harris, 30, went to Whispers Night Club on East South Street.

    As they were leaving, about 2:20 a.m., two males, apparently teenagers, engaged the brothers in conversation.

    Taylor walked to his 2003 Cadillac DeVille and got into the passenger seat. His brother got behind the wheel. The males continued to follow and talk and eventually made robbery demands.

    One of the males pulled a gun and put it inside the passenger window. The brothers were trying to drive away when Taylor was shot just below his right eye.

    Taylor fell into his brother's lap as the two sped toward a hospital. His condition is serious but stable, his parents said.

    Nellie and Vince Taylor say they have already forgiven their son's assailants. They are praying for those men as well as their son.

    ''I pray for them, too. I forgive them, yet there's consequences for everything you do,'' Vince Taylor said. ''They must pay the consequences. We pray that they turn their lives [around] and become better persons. Because there's just too much of this going on here. Too much.''

    The suspects are described as two black males in their late teens. Each stands about 5-feet-7 and weighs about 145 pounds. They were wearing black skullcaps and black hooded sweatshirts.

    The suspects drove a late 1990s gray Pontiac Bonneville with four doors and missing hubcaps.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips can be made at City of Akron Police Division Anonymous Tips.

    Very sad situation for the airman and my prayers for a speedy recovery for him go out!

    Sucks to be a victim of some stick-up thug after serving his country. Thank the lord he wasn't killed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Very sad situation for the airman and my prayers for a speedy recovery for him go out!

    Sucks to be a victim of some stick-up thug after serving his country. Thank the lord he wasn't killed!
    I too am really thankful he is still alive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Akron keeps getting worse and worse. There's a shooting everyday now, and they just laid off 90 officers. The PD was short-staffed to begin with.
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    Thats just plain terrible.
    Im glad the parents can forgive, but I wouldnt....

    I think these low lifes need the **** stomped outta them for starters.

    Im sure the victim really feel like crap, just got home from a deployment, now he is home and thinks he's safe then BANG..

    The world is a very dangerous place, nomatter where you are.

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    A young military man shot (although trouble lingers at bars at 2:30 A.M.) by even younger teens...very sad indeed.
    The thugs deserve to become unable to use O2...I hope the airman can make a full recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    Akron keeps getting worse and worse. There's a shooting everyday now, and they just laid off 90 officers. The PD was short-staffed to begin with.
    I work with a guy who is from Akron and he says the same thing. He doesn't even like going there to visit family.
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    Condolences to the man. I hope he can retain his idyllic view of America despite what was rubbed in his face, after his return.

    Returning Vet gets an unwelcome homecoming
    It's nice to know that a generic street armed robbery wasn't actually related to his homecoming. That would really have been disrespectful.

    The cowards who pulled the gun on him deserve what they get. They're predators, preying on others and getting off on the power trip they're feeling. They're going to be stopped ... sooner or later. May it be prior to anyone being harmed by these animals.

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    Akron keeps getting worse and worse. There's a shooting everyday now, and they just laid off 90 officers. The PD was short-staffed to begin with.
    They should have terminated 90 bureaucrats and kept the beat cops. Nobody's murder gets overlooked by a cop. They come running ... and they bring their friends.

    Bureaucrats, on the other hand ...

    Akron, Ohio, can't find ~$5M/yr in savings from firing bureaucrats and closing down unnecessary, wasteful services? Baloney. The citizens of Akron are, unfortunately, going to quickly be able to determine the value of $5M in their city's budget.
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    Prayers for a speedy recovery go out to the Airman.
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    Wow - sad story. I hope he recovers quickly and the dirt bags meet swift justice.
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    Sad story.... wish the best for him and a speedy recovery.

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