I Don’t Know …… Probably Senseless

Well, here’s a story which absolutely defines the situation we’re in, today, as an American society.

Outlaw Country Artist Randy Howard Dies in Shootout w/ Bounty Hunter

Outlaw Country Artist Randy Howard, a major label recording artist best known for his humorous and explicit anthem “All American Redneck,” was shot and killed by a bounty hunter in his home in Lynchburg, Tennessee on Tuesday night (6-9), and some are wondering why the songwriter had to die over a bench warrant.

A bounty hunter working for A Plus Bail Bonding in Dunlap, TN was serving a warrant from Marion, County, TN when a gun fight ensued inside Randy Howard’s house on Griffin Rd in Lynchburg. The bounty hunter entered the premises, and when he was met with gun shots, he returned fire, killing Howard in what he claims as self-defense. The bounty hunter was also seriously injured in the incident, and was transported to Erlanger Hospital where surgery was performed. The bounty hunter is expected to recover.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine saidthe warrant on Randy Howard stemmed from charges of fourth-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license. Apparently Howard had recently been in jail, and had failed to appear for a recent court date, resulting in the warrant.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is now investigating the incident to see if the bounty hunter was in the right to enter Randy Howard’s home. As WSMV in Nashville points out, the bounty hunter did have a warrant, but Howard was inside his home where he did have a right to defend himself. A neighbor, Terry Dotson said about Randy Howard, “He said he wasn’t going back to jail. That’s what he told me.”

Randy Howard released two major label records, All American Redneck for Warner Bros. in 1983, and the self-titled Randy Howard for Atlantic in 1988. He released seven records overall, including two titles for for Utopian Records, including his debut Now and Then in 1976. It included the protest song, “God Don’t Live in Nashville” and Howard was considered to be a pioneer of the Outlaw country movement. “All American Redneck” became his signature song and an underground hit.

As a performer, Howard shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr., and many others. Later in life he might have been best known for penning songs for Hank Williams III, including the 3rd generation country star’s “I Don’t Know” off of his debut album Risin’ Outlaw, and “My Drinking Problem” from Hank3’s opus Straight to Hell. Howard also toured with Hank3 as an opener early in Hank3’s career.

Randy Howard was born and raised in Macon, GA, and had lived in Lynchburg for 25 years. He was 65-years-old.

Now, mind you, “All American Redneck” does have some foul language in it, so consider yourselves warned.

Here is the song he penned for Hank III, which I think is most apt.  Listen to the words.

This incident brings to mind a quote from one of our founding fathers.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.

This incident is tragic, but, entirely predictable under the structure of our governance. 

Morality and religion is set upon its head in our current society.  Our laws are no longer based upon morality and religion, and because of this, we can no longer teach people respect for the law. 

Howard died because he didn’t respect the law.  But, why, or better, how can we respect the law when our lawmakers are passing laws in secret?  Laws which are not based in morality, who can respect them?

In the end, Howard died, not at the hands of a law enforcement officer, but, a bounty hunter trying to collect on a very small bond. 

Well, he went out much like his songs indicated.  Senseless. 

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19 Responses to I Don’t Know …… Probably Senseless

  1. leftinflagstaff says:

    Being moral and religious is now pretty much unlawful.

  2. gator69 says:

    I have an issue with bounty hunters serving warrants, though thankfully not personally. Not knowing the details I cannot comment further, except to say that if some civilian showed up on my property and tried to forcefully take me, there would likely be a fight.

    I guess I can also add that I have known of bounty hunters who make a living in grey areas, and that inevitably leads to red areas. Serving warrants is a job best left to uniformed officers.

  3. DirkH says:

    “Howard died because he didn’t respect the law. But, why, or better, how can we respect the law when our lawmakers are passing laws in secret? Laws which are not based in morality, who can respect them?”

    There is the subsidiary principle; meaning that every decision should be made at the lowest hierarchical level possible. It looks like the gargantuan centrally planned entities like USA and EU automatically lose all credibility. (China and Russia look no better in that regard)

    And that is a huge problem for all these systems that they will only notice once it’s too late I fear.

  4. DirkH says:

    That Crowder again.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Its a bad one for sure. Maybe the bounty hunter identified himself. OK. But do you believe it? Do you fear an illegal immigrant with ransom and murder on their mind is impersonating a bounty hunter?

    That is why police wear uniforms – it is relatively easier to accept that someone in a uniform is the person who they say they are. Difficult with an un-uniformed bounty hunter – or one in an obscure uniform.

    In this case the bounty hunter overstepped. He should have called the police. However that is going to be a problem if they don’t bother to turn up.

    Things were so much better when society at least gave some lip service to Christianity and biblcal morality. Now it is Baltimore and Ferguson.

  6. DirkH says:

    During Ramadan, Muslims may not drink or eat during daylight.
    Ramadan shifts 12 days a year as it follows the moon calendar (thanks to Islamic calendar science).
    This year, it starts in June.
    The Swedes have a few years back decided that it’s a wise idea to bring millions of Muslims into their country.
    Sweden is also far enough in the North that it has days with midsummer midnight sun.
    All of this together makes for an interesting challenge for the Muslim colonizers of Scandinavia.

  7. Me says:

    A mans house is his castle, or a womans house is her castle. And so much for private property. So don’t think twice about asking for permission before boarding a ship again because it isn’t the Captains property. Especially on a Navy ship, where you are the people paying for that, or it is now just that he is the peon that has to answer the though questions. So the answer to that is security, then a man or woman should be able to do what is needed to feel secure in their castle.

  8. gator69 says:

    Critics say the hodge-podge of laws regulating bounty hunters makes cases like Howard’s inevitable.

    Howard, a hard-partying, gun-toting country caricature whose debut single in 1983, “All-American Redneck,” was banned by some stations for its embrace of “smoking grass and kicking ass,” may have drawn first, but also may have had a right to.

    While Shell had an arrest warrant, Howard was allowed under state law to defend himself. The shootout has led some to ask whether Shell should have called for police instead of exchanging gunfire.

    “Our stance is that we have to defend ourselves,” Chuck Jordan, president of the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents told FoxNews.com. “But many of us operate within the law.

    “We are not the renegades that TV shows make us out to be,” he said.

    Nearly half the states in the U.S. have no law enforcement requirements to become a bail enforcement agent. And only 11 states, including California, Arizona, Connecticut, and Iowa, require bounty hunters to be licensed.


    In my state, you have to be licensed to operate a forklift, and licensed to hunt critters.

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