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Will Camp Casey Be Forced Out Of Crawford?

Reported by Deborah - August 14, 2005

Mike Emmanuel reported that a Crawford resident who lives across from Camp Casey on the road leading to the Bush Ranch fired his shot gun today. Larry Mattladge said that he was getting ready for duck season. In another shot he told reporters that he was getting frustrated by the growing number of people gathering in front of his property. He did not say that he shot his gun to scare the protesters but it was strongly suggested by the construction of the story. 8/14/05

In the report by Mike Emmanuel, Mattladge expressed sympathy for Cindy Sheehan adding that five weeks is just too much time to endure the protesters. The Crawford police reported that it's perfectly legal to shoot a gun as long as you're on your own property. They also said that there was nothing they could do about the protesters.

Larry Mattladge, a colorful personality, told reporters if his brother in law stayed five weeks after Thanksgiving there would be a problem too. He also said that he loves President Bush because the good book says to love your neighbor.

A few minutes later at the beginning of the next hour of FNL at 3PM the tease was more emphatic. "He's locked and loaded and ready to take action." Headline: Get Out Of Town

Jarrett reported a 3:40PM that the police were called to the Mattladge house because a rifle was fired which turned out to be hunting practice. Jarrett went on to say that earlier Mattladge talked to reporters about the protesters.

comment: So the two incidents were not connected but viewers were led to believe that Mattledge fired his gun out of frustration. "He's locked and loaded and ready to take action" makes a pretty clear statement to me. So if there is the perception that neighbors are violently revolting against the protesters,forcing them out would be understandable to the sympathetic public.

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