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Monday, March 06, 2006

Driving Into Protesters -- In Idaho!

The news has been full of reports that a UNC grad drove into a crowd in Chapel Hill, NC, to "punish the government of the United States for [its] actions around the world" -- Michelle Malkin has been all over the story.

While clearly much less serious, a somewhat similar incident (similar in that a car was used to hit people to make a political point) in Nampa, Idaho on Friday has not gotten nearly as much media coverage:

"A woman drove her car into an anti-abortion rally outside of a Planned Parenthood, protesting what she called "vulgar" photos of an aborted fetus.
"The incident happened at a local doctor's office where a Planned Parenthood clinic had recently been established. The clinic, which operates out of the office one day a month, does not perform abortions but does offer free birth control and emergency contraception.
"Gail Mower, 52, of Nampa, on Friday drove her car onto the sidewalk and into the crowd of demonstrators after she became concerned over one protester's sign that depicted a "gruesome" picture of an aborted fetus, she told the Idaho Press-Tribune.
"Mower said she wanted to park her vehicle in front of the sign to block it from the view of passing school children.
"She ended up running over the protester's foot, wedging it between the tire and the sign. The demonstrator was not injured. Another woman at the protest was holding a child and had to jump out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, witnesses said."

The story goes on to point out that Mower had called police earlier to complain about the sign, and also points out that most schools were out for the day.

I'm wondering if an anti-abortion person hitting pro-abortion protesters would maybe have gotten more media coverage...

Bell-ringer 2303 08 March: A commenter claiming to be Gail Mower, the driver, left this in my comment section:

"Unfortunately, the REAL STORY is so boring the papers would have never picked it up.
Protesters that normally take the "short bus" around town, called the press before the police."

I wouldn't be surprised if they did call the press first; it sounds like there wasn't any real injury. I appreciate Gail's comment (if it is her -- this is the Internet after all), even if I don't understand the "short bus" reference. As I've mentioned before, I actually support abortion remaining a legal option in general -- my reason for posting the story, as I said, was the apparent double standard of this story not being widely publicized, whereas a pro-life person hitting a pro-choice protester would have been all over the national news -- the "real story" notwithstanding.


Blogger Skippy-san said...

There really is such a town as Nampa? In Japanese that means "pick up" ( as in girl).......

3/06/2006 8:35 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Yep, it's just west of Boise on I-84. I'll have to take your word on the translation -- the only Japanese I ever learned was "konishiwa", "beeru", and whatever is was that Styx said in "Mr. Roboto"...

3/06/2006 10:30 PM

Blogger Rick "Doc" MacDonald said...

"I'm wondering if an anti-abortion person hitting pro-abortion protesters would maybe have gotten more media coverage..."

Exactly right. And if Rudolph ever runs over grandma, watch out! The liberals will rise up and file suit against that pseudo-felon Kris Kringle. I can see the ACLU lining up to take the case, now.

By the way, does this constitute an "act of terrorism" or a federal "civil rights crime"? Hmmmm... Nah, those charges are only valid against conservatives.

3/07/2006 7:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the REAL STORY is so boring the papers would have never picked it up.

Protesters that normally take the "short bus" around town, called the press before the police.

Gail Mower
Caldwell, Idaho

3/08/2006 8:05 AM

Blogger MeMo said...

My comment about taking the "short bus" refers to the fact that these protesters are morons.

Thank you,
Gail Mower
Caldwell, Idaho

3/25/2006 9:15 AM

Blogger MeMo said...

Final word on this. The charges of Disturbing the Peace were dropped by the city Prosecutor. I plead guilty to "Driving on the Sidewalk". The Protester was LIVID and wanted to refile charges, now claiming that the sign was damaged and her foot was run over. The prosecutor explained that she "originally denied" that the sign or her foot were damaged and told the Protester to go home!
Thanks for giving me a forum.
Gail Mower

6/15/2006 8:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I know that this is a bit outdated, but I had to stop in and post a comment. I obviously did not see this before today, so forgive the late comment. Being that it was my wife that was hit by the great Gail Mower, I thought i would set the story straight here. First, that earlier in the day, Gail had actually drove by and threatened to come back and knife said protester if she was alone. Second, no, the media was not called by any of the protestors- they picked up this story on their own. Third, while the foot was ran over, it was undamaged. The sign, on the other hand, was slightly damaged and was never said otherwise by protestors. The protestors showed the police the damage, but they were not concerned about it, as the prosecutor was not concerneed about it either. To be truthful, both police and prosecutor kept informing the protestors that it was their fault that the incident happened in the first place and that we should know better to hold signs that might be upsetting to the public. The reason the charges were dropped was because the prosecutor failed to convince the protestors that they should drop the charges since it was their fault. As far as riding on the short bus, well, I guess if that is the mentality you have to stoop to because you don't have a real point... well, enough said. One final point, Ms. Mower states she was trying to protect children when this happened. However, the police and the protestors had already came to an agreement that the signs would be taken down before school was out so that children would not have to see the signs. Ms. Mower drove her car into the protestors about 30 minutes before school was out. And that is the rest of the story.

Randy Jackson
Nampa, ID

2/19/2008 4:33 PM


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