“Ye Are My Witnesses”: Arkansas Man Arrested For Firing Shots At Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Approached Him On His Lawn

johnbaldwinJehovah’s Witnesses in Arkansas will soon be called to be witnesses of a different kind for John Baldwin, 35. Baldwin is charged with aggravated assault after firing 13 times at the Jehovah’s Witnesses who approached him in his front yard. After Baldwin told Laura Goforth, 47, and Rachel Boshears, 55, to get off his lawn, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were leaving when one of them heard Baldwin tell his wife “Get me my 9.” (A referenced to his Springfield XDM-9). While Isaiah 43:10 may proclaim “Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen,” these pious folk will soon be called by a more earthly authority to bear witness.

Baldwin only moved into the neighborhood a month ago. The victims were from Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Bentonville. They noted that they have a no contact list but that Baldwin was not on it. He appears to find it easier to express such preferences more directly. They say that Baldwin told them to “Get your fucking ass off my property. I moved out here to get away from people like you.” He reportedly told police that the women did not immediately leave but instead were “Lolly Gaggin” around their car. So how Baldwin then concluded that the best way to stop the “Lolly Gaggin” was with a hail of 9 mm slugs.

The women could also sue for assault in torts. This would seem a pretty clear case of acting “to cause a harmful or offensive contact with the person of the other or a third person, or an imminent apprehension of such a contact.” Then they might end up owning not just the lawn but his house as well.

He could now face jail time after being released on a $50,000 bond. It is not clear if Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to visit prisoners in Arkansas, but one can always hope.


127 thoughts on ““Ye Are My Witnesses”: Arkansas Man Arrested For Firing Shots At Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Approached Him On His Lawn”

  1. And to think, if they’d been a black teenage boy he could have followed him up the street and shot him dead and the US Courts would have happily let him off. But shoot at a white, God-bothering cretin on your own property? – that must be a crime. The rampant hypocrisy of you Americans disgusts those of us that live in the civilised world. In my country the police don’t even need guns, let along citizens. And knocking on doors for any cold-calling purpose when the home-owner has a sign up will get you arrested. Even if you were only knocking because your invisible friend in the sky told you to.

  2. This John Baldwin admitted what he done to the Centerton Cops, not to smart. I mean damn he shot at UNARMED people, common he needs to do prison time. He owns TWO MEN AND A TRUCK IN BENTONVILLE. I guess he thinks that lets him do what ever he wants to do. I’m just glad no one was hurt or killed. Oh and he shot 19 rounds and didn’t hit nothing. Bad shot, he don’t need no fire arms lol. (John I hope you get what you deserve in court, prison time)

  3. Thanks, Gene.

    Hey, Pete, concerning Braco, the guy who “found a way to convince people to give him tons of money for absolutely nothing,” isn’t he the older brother who L. Ron Hubbard looks up to?

  4. Oro,

    You are most welcome.

    I’ve found over the years there is commonly a great deal confusion about the critical distinction between ethics and morals. I too was pleased to find that table as it now will save me time explaining that distinction. I’m glad you find it useful as well and hope it continues to provide utility to you on your spiritual quest.

    And FWIW, “low morals” is not a term that readily leaps to mind when I think about you either. In my book, you are certainly listed in the “good guys” column. Plus, if one gives credit on a joke or does not claim originality and authorship, then it isn’t really stealing a joke. It’s borrowing. 😀

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