Where do we begin? One of the rising stars of gravel and endurance mountain bike racing – a friend, a daughter, an athlete who raced for the love of it – was murdered May 11 in Austin, Texas. 25-year-old Moriah "Mo" Wilson was traveling to race the Gravel Locos 150-mile race in Hico, Texas, where she was a favorite for the win until a vicious shooting ended her life and sent the off-road cycling community into a stunned, heartbroken unrest.
The Austin Police Department responded to a call the night of May 11 and found Mo Wilson dead from gunshot wounds in her friend's house, where she was staying. Since her killing, the details have only become more horrifying: police have issued an arrest warrant for Kaitlin Armstrong, the partner of high-profile gravel racer Colin Strickland, with whom Mo reportedly had a brief romantic relationship last fall during a time when Strickland and Armstrong had separated. In a statement released last week, Strickland said he and Mo remained close but not romantically involved after he and Armstrong reconciled. Text messages and statements from others included in the police affidavit
appear to contradict what Strickland said, suggesting that he continued his romantic involvement with Wilson after reconciling with Armstrong.
The evening of May 11, Wilson went for an evening swim with Strickland, according to the affidavit. Soon after Strickland dropped Mo off at her friend's house for the night, Armstrong is alleged to have visited the house and shot Mo, whose friend returned later that night to find her shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun. She was pronounced dead soon after police arrived.
Now, Armstrong is on the run and authorities have issued an arrest warrant for first-degree murder.Mo Wilson
While it's hard not to focus on the horrific end of Moriah Wilson's life, there was so much vitality packed into the 25 years that preceded the May 11 events.
The former ski racer and longtime recreational rider only started to make a mark on the professional racing scene in the last year, but while just a year ago she was considered a dark horse
, she's quickly become known as the winningest woman in the current American gravel scene, and was recently highlighted in an interview
with our sister site VeloNews published May 11, just hours before her death.
Raised in northeastern Vermont near the Kingdom Trails, Wilson told Betsy Welch of VeloNews, she learned to ride at an early age with her parents and brother. Her father was a professional ski racer, and the natural path for Mo was to follow in his footsteps, attending Burke Mountain Academy, a private college-prep school with a focus on training elite ski racing athletes, before joining the Dartmouth College Ski Team, one of the top Division 1 collegiate ski teams in the US, playing competitive soccer and earning a degree in engineering along the way
. During her competitive ski career, Wilson used mountain and gravel bikes for cross-training, injury recovery, and fun with her family and friends. One coach joked over the years that she should pursue bike racing once she was done ski racing, she said, because she’d probably be pretty good at it.
As it turns out, she was.
Throughout the 2021 and early 2022 seasons, Wilson was on a tear, winning many – if not most – of the US's biggest high-mileage events. Last fall, she placed second at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and won Big Sugar before coming back even stronger this spring to take wins at Rock Cobbler, the Huffmaster Hopper, the Shasta Gravel Hugger, the Belgian Waffle Ride (which she won by 25 minutes), and the Sea Otter Classic Fuego 80k. For American gravel racers, the spring season builds up to the Unbound Gravel 200 mile race, which is scheduled for June 4 and where fans have looked forward to watching a showdown between Wilson and last year's winner, Lauren de Crescenzo.
On her quick rise to the top, Wilson said, "I work really hard and even though I haven’t been in the sport for long, my experience as a ski racer and background in the sport recreationally have converged. So that's been cool because it's actually like, ok this has been many, many years and hours of being coached and doing something recreationally."
Compared to last season when Wilson had minimal support and, unlike most of her fellow top racers, was working a full-time job at Specialized, Wilson had professional support for 2022 – including from Specialized – and, just last month, gave notice that she’d be leaving her demand planner role to train full-time. Her last day of work was set for June 3, the day before Unbound.
As she moved into racing full-time, she recently started a newsletter
that included race reflections, interviews with industry figures, and vignettes that painted her as a thoughtful, insightful person with a unique balance of humility and quiet confidence. Her obituary
describes her as a lover of Taco Tuesdays, Italy, and Settlers of Catan, and as a bighearted rider who recently moved back to her home state with the vision to "create a local community space in East Burke, Vt. where bikers could gather throughout the day, feel welcome, share a good cup of coffee and a bite of locally sourced food."
In short, Wilson and those around her anticipated a lifetime's worth of on- and off-bike experiences
, and her too-short time leaves a million "what if" questions behind.
She's remembered by the Gravel Locos race founder Fabian Serralta
as a "role model, a shy compassionate person, a spirited tactical racer and a competitor that genuinely cared about those competing against [her]."Kaitlin Armstrong
The evidence that ties Kaitlin Armstrong to the crime is significant. Wilson returned to her friend's house at 8:36 pm the evening she was killed, according to her friend's electronic keypad records, and at 8:37, a neighbor's surveillance camera caught what appeared to be Armstrong's vehicle slowing and stopping outside of the residence where Wilson was killed.
In investigating the case and searching Strickland's and Armstrong's home, police discovered Armstrong had an outstanding, unrelated misdemeanor warrant for her arrest, so she was brought to the police station and interviewed by a detective. Soon after, it was discovered that the arrest warrant was not valid due to a discrepancy in her listed birthdate
in police records, and Armstrong was declared free to leave. During her brief interview while she was at the station, Armstrong did not deny that she was outside the residence where Wilson was killed, and nodded in agreement with the statement "maybe you were upset and just in the area," according to the affidavit.
Police found two handguns at Strickland's and Armstrong's residence, which Strickland told police he purchased – one for himself and one for Armstrong – between December 2021 and January 2022. Forensic evidence suggests "significant potential" that it was Armstrong's firearm that killed Wilson.
An anonymous friend of Wilson's, identified in the affidavit as "Jane Doe," told detectives that Wilson and Strickland had been in an "on again, off again" entanglement that began last fall, and that Armstrong had repeatedly and aggressively contacted Wilson to tell her to stay away from Strickland until Wilson blocked Armstrong's number.
A second anonymous caller told the investigators that in January 2022, Armstrong had discovered that Strickland and Wilson were still romantically involved and had become so angry that she said she wanted to kill Wilson. The caller refused to be identified, but police corroborated enough details to believe the input was credible.
Two days after the crime, Strickland said, was the last time he saw his girlfriend. Armstrong has been on the run ever since, and her whereabouts have been unknown since then. On Wednesday, police released video that appears to show Armstrong boarding a flight from Austin to New York May 14. The warrant for her arrest was issued May 17, and she remains at large.Update 6/19/2022:
Police now say Armstrong was last seen in New Jersey on May 18. She remains at large, and the investigation has been upgraded to "major case status." US Marshals are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to her arrest. She was also allegedly spotted at a campsite in upstate New York, about 2.5 hours from the Newark Liberty Internation Airport.Update 6/30/2022:
Armstrong has been captured in Costa Rica. She is currently in police custody and will be deported to the United States, where she will be charged with first-degree murder. She reportedly boarded a flight May 18 from Newark, New Jersey, to San Jose, Costa Rica, using a fraudulent passport, and is said to have undergone plastic surgery. Read more on VeloNews
And there, in the middle between the victim and her alleged killer, is Colin Strickland. One of the top US gravel racers and a Red Bull athlete, Strickland is central to the story not only because a woman appears to have killed another because of his relationships, but because most of the public details about the story have come from Strickland's police interview, detailed in the affidavit.
Strickland told investigators that he and Wilson had been briefly romantically involved last fall, during a time when he and Armstrong had been broken up for one or two weeks. He said his relationship with Wilson only lasted about a week and faded out, though others say otherwise. Text messages found on Wilson's phone and included in the affidavit suggest that as recently as January, Wilson believed she and Strickland were romantically involved, at least in some capacity.
The affidavit also details how Strickland changed Wilson's name in his phone and how, after dropping Wilson off the night of her death, he texted Armstrong and lied about his whereabouts to hide that he had spent the evening with Wilson.
As details around the crime began to surface, Strickland released a statement to Austin-Statesman reporter Tony Plohetski expressing his regret and torture he feels about his "proximity to this horrible crime."
In his statement, Strickland also attempted to clarify the details reported about his relationship with Wilson, though his words seem to contradict the timeline he told investigators about their relationship and what multiple sources have said.
|I am reeling from grieving Mo Wilson's death and from the facts that have emerged during the investigation. I cannot begin to imagine the pain felt by Mo's family and her close friends.|
There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime. I am sorry and I simply cannot make sense of this unfathomable tragedy.
Although it will be a matter of small consolation to anyone else who cared for Mo, I want you to know that I have cooperated fully with investigators ever since I learned the terrible news and I will continue to do so until some form of justice is served.
As a point of clarification to facts previously reported, Moriah Wilson and I had a brief romantic relationship from late October-early November 2021 that spanned a week or so while Wilson was visiting Austin.
At the time, she and I had both recently ended relationships. She returned to her home in California and about a month later, Kaitlin Armstrong and I reconciled and resumed our relationship.
Since then I often saw Mo at cycling events, and always in public settings. We both competed in Bentonville, AR, Stillwater and Monterrey, CA. We also met for a 4-hour training ride in Santa Cruz after the Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey.
After our brief relationships in October of 2021, we were not in a romantic relationship, only a platonic and professional one. It was not my intention to pursue along an auxiliary romantic relationship that would mislead anyone. Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely, niche sport of cycling, and I admired her greatly and considered her a close friend. I am deeply grieving her loss.—Colin Strickland
Strickland's proximity to the murder has affected him professionally too. Former sponsors Specialized, Enve, and Rapha have all cut ties with the rider, and Allied Cycle Works has suggested in a comment to VeloNews that it will do the same: "Given the circumstances, Colin Strickland is not expected to represent Allied at future races," the brand said. His sponsor Red Bull has declined to share its plans, calling the situation "a matter for the authorities."
The tumult following Wilson's death transformed the Gravel Locos race weekend from a pre-Unbound shakedown to a mournful remembrance ride. A statement from Wilson's family was read before the race began, and every rider who toed the start line seems to have taken it to heart:
|We know that Moriah would want the event to carry on, for her compatriots to test their limits, as she would have been alongside her friends on the race course. We hope everyone feels her passion and support as they chase their own dreams. Her spirit will be there with you all, while training and on every race day.|
VeloNews shared a poignant gallery
from the event. The grief shared among those who knew Wilson is beyond heavy, as is the sense of horrific finality of such an abrupt and unjust killing.
Wilson's family has started a GoFundMe campaign
to support "community organizations that help youth find self-confidence, strength, and joy through biking, skiing, and other activities that Moriah was passionate about," the campaign description states. Wilson's brother has also shared links to support the Dartmouth
and Burke Mountain Academy
ski programs in lieu of flower donations.
We at Pinkbike offer our condolences to Wilson's family, her friends, and the greater cycling community for this unfathomable loss.
That's all I got. Just wanted to put that random knowledge to use.
You realize leftists support gun rights? Lol so many politically ignorant on this site. I don’t blame them though, it’s a mtb site after all.
Mass shootings are a totally separate issue
The vast majority of those "gun deaths" are suicide.
However that bit about mass shootings is very misleading. While mass shootings have gone down, mass killings through other means have increased so much that there are actually more now than before the gun control measures. Australia has actually had one more mass killing in the 26 years since they implemented gun control than they did in the 26 years prior to doing so.
Or we can just do nothing, as you suggest, because doing nothing has obviously shown radical improvement over trying literally anything else. Doing nothing gets kids shot and people murdered, so that sounds great. /s
Yeah, didn’t think so
Good news is of the tens of millions of dead humans through abortions, you saved us from a at least 3-5 mass school shooters
Guns. Statistically, there’d be a 97% reduction in gun crimes.
So, there’s that.
America is sick and broken, and no amount of false equivalencies will fix that.
Either keep ignoring the problem, or be condemned to catastrophic failure as a society. Your choice.
Otherwise the logic flow I'm getting is:
1) not guns, mental health
2) healthcare is expensive
3) $ > people's lives
America is a mess...but Australia is much worse. At least our government doesn't aspire to be China.
Firearms are now also the #1 cause of child deaths due to injury, passing vehicle crashes this year.
You think he's a psycho but see no issue with him having a gun? Actually 2 guns, machine guns.
15% sales tax and real healthcare and infrastucture sounds like a f*cking DEAL!
Longtime firearms owner, including a Colt H-Bar (lawfully purchased, registered, and grandfathered here in California). I don't know that "heavily controlled" is the answer. Background checks, absolutely. Waiting periods, at least for the first purchase, seem like a wise idea. Raising the age to purchase to 21, probably a good idea given a significant number of shootings seem to involve younger people. These would at least hopefully decrease the rate of these crimes, but not eliminate them.
The real problem is that it seems that most want to make this a binary decision, either unlimited and unrestricted ownership of firearms, or no ownership. There is something more than just the firearms, as they have been widely and easily available in this country for 100+ years (in fact more easily available in the past). To help reverse the is problem is going to take much more than just looking at firearms, but the underlying reasons that people are turning to individual and mass acts of violence as a "solution", where they didn't in the past.
It is going to take getting past the binary thinking and blaming to even start working on a solution. If we want a real solution, we are going to have to accept that it will likely be some combination of firearm purchasing/ownership restrictions, better identification and treatment of mental health issues, and some other, who knows what changes. It will require understanding that if we come up with 10 good ideas of changes, only 1-3 will work, and we will have to revaluate and adjust if we want to make real change. The problem is decades in the making and will take as long to hopefully fix.
What isn't working is what we are doing, blaming each other, blaming the other party, and doing nothing. It is better that something be tried and to fail, then to try nothing.
Are you deliberately this dense? The kid tried to get his sister to buy him a gun we he was 17 and she wouldn't. He waited until 2 days after he turned 18 and could LEGALLY by it. If he wasn't able to legally purchase guns designed for war this wouldn't have happened. Get out of here with that propaganda bullshit.
Research, discussion, and voting on effective gun control to minimize gun deaths = They're taking all your guns away.
Women's reproductive rights? = Unrestricted late-term abortions.
Affordable healthcare? = Government takes all your money and gives it to poor people and illegal immigrants.
If you try and look past your crazy-ass US media, it's pretty easy to see who tries to obfuscate the problem by pandering to extremes.
Easy access to guns for self-harm is one of the strongest rationales there is for a more sane approach to gun control. Suicide is more often than not a desperate and impulsive act. And 90+% of people who attempt suicide by firearm die. The rate for those who use other methods—eating too many pills, carbon monoxide poisoning, cutting, whatever—is far far less. All the data in the world bears this out. Every failed suicide attempt is an opportunity to get someone help. Every successful suicide is just more pain and loss in the world.
So whatever you’re trying to get at when you point out that most of the massive number of gun deaths are suicides, you’re wrong. No, they’re not just going to find another means. No, we shouldn’t just accept that they don’t want to live. Yes, they are just as much a part of the illness that we have when it comes to guns in this nation.
If you can’t see that, you’re heartless, you’re a liar, or both.
Of course, now we have to resort to saying "Naww that happens way more in other countries", which would lead to us comparing statistics on mass killings and finding that the US is still well ahead of the pack of developed countries.
Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016
I disagree 100% that gun control would not have stopped this person. If he was comfortable acquiring an illegal gun he would have done this before he turned 18. He literally waited until the first day he could legally acquire a gun to do so. Bullied kids like this arent seeking to break the law in traditional terms. He didn't set out to commit a crime even though he was committing multiples of the worst crime. He set out to right how he felt he had been wronged and make people suffer because he had suffered. I doubt most bullied, 18 year old loners would have the stones to actually go out and acquire an illegal weapon. It's a completely different type of illegal action and thought process.
So "assault rifles" are needed by the generation populations in countries sometimes and that's why we give ours up?
“Gun crime happens everywhere”
“If not a gun it would have been a knife”
“Its not the gun its the user” arguments.
Yes gun crime happens everywhere but guess what? Where guns are not readily available it happens a lot less!
The UK has very tight gun laws but it still occurs sadly. My county has the largest gun per person ratio in England and Wales and its super rare. And we are talking db shotguns - vermin control and pheasant weapons. We had another national gun amnesty end last week because we know people have brought back weapons from WW2 onwards.
I don't get what is so hard to understand about this concept ‘the less guns you have, the less chance people get killed by them’.
You have to start somewhere and it will take years to get there so start now.
RIP - ride in peace.
As a Canadian father of two who:
1/ Lives 10 miles from the border.
2/ Road rides, or used to, from home to the US.
3/ Does not own a gun nor hunt, but grew up with hunting rifles/shotguns safely stored in the back of dad's closet.
4/ Is now suddenly questioning the safety of family vacations (MTB or otherwise) to the US.
Please run for POTUS. Your common sense is far too uncommon.
If you're going to use statistics, don't fallaciously exclude data.
"ATF tracing data for approximately 27,000 firearms recovered from 2015 through 2019—the most recent data available—show that 40 percent came from the U.S. and the rest from 39 other countries. ATF data also indicate that almost half of the U.S.-sourced firearms were likely diverted from legitimate commerce in the four countries rather than smuggled from the U.S. "
My brief take , I understand the need for 2nd amendment rights, but when it was written I doubt they envisaged every toothless hick could afford one. Back in the day only 10% of militia members could BYO, typically the officer class, the majority of privates had guns handed to them by the states.
I think you should go back to the good old days, ban gun ownership from anyone with an IQ less than 90 and the mentally unstable. Guns ownership is a right but it should also be a privilege and responsibility, US society seems to have lost sight of the last two
* The US is swamped with more firearms than any other nation, using any metric
* The US has a huge mental illness problem, exacerbated by a lack of affordable health care (you may want to take a look in the mirror on this point)
* The US mental health problem is itself exacerbated by the proliferation of pharmaceuticals that are prescribed en masse at the behest of an industry that thrives on addiction, but your Congress is OK with that because money and power
* Mass shootings are an insidious "meme" that your fellow countrymen see as an increasingly valid alternative to suicide. Basically, it's now the hot thing to kill a bunch of people before you eat a bullet. Totally cool and normal for a modern human society
* The US is failing as a nation state, underpinned by the fascistic ignorance of an astounding number of people like yourself
* If your politicians ACTUALLY wanted to take your beloved guns, they would have done it by now (cf Sandy Hook). But don't worry, they are either too weak or morally corrupt to do it. So go for it mate, clutch your little AR nervously and keep waiting for the police to storm in and take your liberty...oh wait they won't, because it's too dangerous and there is precisely zero political willpower to do that!
And as for your "leftist area" example, well no kidding - I'm completely against the general populace having unlimited firearm access, but if I moved to the US I'd absolutely buy a gun as well, it's an unpredictable basket case over there. So I don't blame Seth Rogen or whoever for wanting to arm themselves as well. "Can't beat them, join them" kind of situation imo
I am not against guns, but we don't all need fully automatic rifles or high pivot downhill bikes when the average trail bike is good enough.
Remember "Operation Fast and Furious"? and all the other gun"walking" ops? And that's just what we know about!
I live in California which is one of the most anti-gun states and the sale of guns in the state (as well as other leftist states) are buying guns like crazy. What does that tell you when tons of anti-gun people are buying guns at an extremely high rate?
Unfortunately there are still a few domestic violence murders involving guns that have been legally obtained over the years.
But having guns more easily available would certainly not reduce those numbers any.
If you give people easy access to guns, more people will use then to shoot other people. It's what they were made for.
I got off an a tangent there, but I thing one of the primary drivers of our mass shooting problem is that somewhere along the line people started looking to guns as a solution to their fear and anger, and the industry smelled this and captitalized on it in a big way. When I was a kid in the 80's, we looked at guns entirely differently than they are looked at today. They are glorified in a very disturbing way now, and I think that that, the culture not the guns, is the problem. And any real change will have to come from the people who are economically benefiting from the status quo. Not promising.
Please clarify. Are you stating that in a country which refuses to institute free (ie: taxpayer funded) health care for every citizen you think it worthy to have free (see above) processing for all firearms and ammo purchases?
The sole function of a gun is to kill someone. You don't pull it out to scare them. You don't pull it out to hurt them. You pull it out to put a bullet between someone's eyes. A prospective gun owner needs to feel, to know, just how easy it is to end a life with a gun in your hand.
The sole function of a gun is not to kill someone. Guns don't have a sole function.
The act of voting ins't analogous to possessing/using a weapon that, despite your protestations, is a force-multiplier designed and built to inflict lethal damage, on soft tissue, at range. If this isn't a gun's function then why is it manufactured?
THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME REASON ELON MUSK PUT A HOLD ON PURCHASING SHWITTER!
The States has an actual rate more than 4 times higher than Australia but Australia is worse!?
Voting isn't analogous to possessing weapons no but requiring hurdles to exercise a constitutional right for either one is a fair comparison.
Many guns are manufactured for the purpose of target shooting.
I'd also posit that I don't want to live in a place where your self determination is restricted in whatever way possible so long as it's data driven. That opens the door to all kinda of totalitarianism. If you're into that stuff though, I hear China is lovely. Go ahead and downvote me, but go re-read Brave New World and 1984 after you smash that neg button
While I can see similarities in the mechanism, the intent isn't the same. We are talking about the the second amendment, correct? The constitutional right "to bear arms?" An "arm" as-in an "armament"...a weapon? A weapon being something built to inflict bodily harm, damage or death?
The more accurate analogy would be corporate lobbying and campaign financing. That's where one entity can elect many...facilitating a disproportionate effect over many more.
"Target shooting"...thanks for making my point for me. I'd say all guns are manufactured for shooting a target.
Your point wasn't that they are made to shoot a target.
My point is that whatever is at the business end of the barrel is a "target." Be it an inanimate object but especially another person. That person's (or peoples') health and safety are now in the hands (or fingers) of someone else with whose intent the "target" must assume wants to end the life of. So, am I to just reconcile that my life rests in the hands of someone with whom I must just assume knows how to handle said weapon just because they are American?
I am intensely curious though and this might be the fundamental impasse in the debate...If guns aren't just weapons, what else are they to you?
If everyone walked around with loaded guns pointed straight ahead of then and their finger resting on the trigger, that's not the case. You drive down the freeway and ypur life is in the hands of every car you drive near as well using the same logic.
Yes being American means having the 2nd amendment.
By definition a gun is a weapon I'm not going to argue against that, my stance isn't affected by that.
Continuing with the car metaphor...driving recklessly and irresponsibly has the potential to end many lives but also result in the revocation of your ability to drive.
Pick up any gun mag or check the internet to see for yourself. Just check out the company names, Daniel Defense (brand just used in the Texas school shooting), Wilson Combat Arms, I could go on and on.
If most guns are marketed as weapons of war, what does that say about the people to whom they are sold?
Using a gun recklessly or irresponsibly will also result inability to not own guns.
For instance I get email everyday that offers instruction on converting your semiautomatic weapons to full auto. How is it that someone who's soliciting you to commit a crime isn't on the government's radar.
Or the whole ghost gun thing. Hell, I like guns, but the only reason to have a weapon without a serial number is to commit crimes with it. If you have some anti-government fantasy you're trying to live out, good luck when they call in an air strike on your house.
Gun culture in America is all about fantasy, kill the bad guys and be a hero. In reality most gun owners wind up killing someone who was playing their music too loud, or some similarly egregious crime, then trying to use a stand your ground law or something similar to get away with it. It's the ultimate gun nutfantasy, grease someone and get off scot free.
You don't get emails from anyone reputable or actually in the gun industry to help you convert your weapons. How does that fall on gunmakers in any way? If you got emails trying to sell you fentanyl is it pfizer and mercks fault?
Unless youre going to stop the sale of metal and plastic you wont stop ghost guns from being manufactured, it's never been illegal yo manufacturer your own unserialized gun for personal use, it is illegal to sell those guns. You're proving the point you say doesn't exist, if the government has the power to call in an airstrike on your house making sure they dont know you have a gun makes sense.
Gun culture isn't a fantasy it's our reality. Most gun owners kill no one at all be intellectually honest.
And I live in one of the most heavily armed states in the country, believe me, I know what I'm talking about.
It's an absolute tragedy, beyond the obvious gun control angles almost Shakespearean.
Colin Strickland certainly isn't responsible for the murder, that's 100 percent on Kaitlyn Armstrong. But he certainly wasn't shy about provoking drama. Evening "swimming" with the much younger girl he had been screwing on a break from his steady? The steady for whom he decided it was a great idea to purchase a handgun? He bought the firecrackers and lit the zippo. Immature and/or dog-ish behavior juggling women. Can't have see the outcome but sometimes cake and eat it too goes sideways. Shakespearean for sure ....
-easy access to firearms is killing innocent people every damn day and irresponsible gun owners are to blame by supporting anti gun control politicians and organizations. It is as simple as that. those who say that a person can just as easily be killed by a butter knife or ball peen hammer are utterly downplaying the efficiency of firearm. you can stand 20ft away from someone and fire off a few rounds at someone in a fit of anger and you will have a very good chance of killing them. any other weapons pail in comparison.
If this woman did not have easy access to a firearm than there is a very good chance that Mo would still be alive and riding bikes with a smile on her face.
-if that unhinged 18yo kid didn't have easy access to a firearm and wasn't able to walk into a store and legally buy two AR15s, 1500 rounds of ammunition and 58 magazines than you can for damn sure know that those kids and teachers would still be alive today enjoying life.
-gun control works. simple as that. every first world country with gun control is proof to that. which is basically all of them of them except for one. there is absolutely no denying that in places where firearm access is regulated far far less people die of homicides. enjoy and treasure your freedom? being free of threat of getting shot is a far greater freedom then owning a gun. I would argue people in places with gun control enjoy far greater freedom than those at the mercy, stupidity and recklessness of unregulated gun owners.
-Ted Cruz is a huge d*ck, so is Abbott. Wayne LePieirre too huge f*ing loser. Texas deserves so much better. America deserves so much better politicians than those payed off by the gun lobby. Say what you will about politicians payed off by environmental groups or big pharma or whatever your poison only the gun lobby blatantly puts gun rights ahead of human rights.
This is the point that America will never get though (or at least one side of it), the only response they have to this is that if you give people more guns they will stop the reckless gun owners. Their answer is always just get more guns.
we as a society accept that people need to have passed a driver's exam and have a driver's licence in order to operate a motor vehicle. why? because we want people to be safe and we want to have confidence that other drivers have knowledge of the rules of the road and have the skills to operate their vehicle in safe manner.
we accept that we need to pay taxes so that we can have confidence that the services and infrastructure that we demand are funded and that they are safe. services like law enforcement, garbage pick up and an effective military. and Infrastructure like bridges and highways.
we accept that we need building code so that we can have confidence that our dwellings are fit for occupancy.
and i could go and on.
however these are all infringements our freedoms but we as a society accept these infringements because reasonable people know that this how society needs to function in order to keep it's people safe and to ward off chaos.
so yeah government regulation that keeps guns out the wrong hands and lowers the overall amount of guns on the streets can make you free from the threat of getting shot. it's really as simple as that
You say government regulations make you free from getting shot while government regulations do nothing to keep more than 46,000 people from dying from car crashes every year... They should just make drunk driving and texting illegal, that'll solve it!
" irresponsible gun owners are to blame by supporting anti gun control politicians and organizations" ah yes, because supporting politicians who don't mindlessly foment gun control legislation is "irresponsible". Do you know how often these red flags that already get checked go missed by authorities?
It might work in some countries, but restricting gun ownership in a country with no effective border control will just create a strong black market supply chain and increase illegal firearm trades.
it's so funny to hear that people want to regulate drugs bc the war on drugs is so obviously a failure, but that somehow we should just "ban guns" bc that would totally work.
lol, no consistency in any ideologies anymore these days.
Anyhow, what a tragedy.
In the UK there’s about 1 gun per 100 people in legal ownership vs 120 per 100 in the USA. And there’s just over 100 times as many gun homicides per head of population in the USA as the UK, so gun homicides and legal gun ownership correlates.
Easy access to guns makes it much easier to commit both homicide and suicide. We can only hope that the US children who’ve grown up under their terror vote to change the system in the future because the adults appear too entrenched in their beliefs to listen to reason or admit that there’s a clear correlation between a huge amount of guns and a huge amount of guns deaths vs every other wealthy country.
However, in this case there is also a lot of evidence that easy access leads to more successful homicide and suicide attempts.
However, the problem runs deeper. There is also a culture in which lethal force is considered one of the primary ways of resolving conflicts. Which is even worse when combined with the uniquely American way of dealing in absolutes. "The bad guys" vs. "The good guys"
In reality, everyone belongs in both, to a larger or smaller degree, at various points in time.
1) Hunters- Shotgun and a rifle or two, and a handgun.
2) Farmers and Ranchers- Rifle, maybe also a shotgun or handgun.
3) Homeowner for defense- shotgun or handgun, maybe one of each.
4) Shooting enthusiasts- Guys like me. Just like bikes n+1 is good. Have about 10 firearms.
5) Collectors/Gun Nuts- My buddy, 100+. Loves shooting, hunting, and getting different toys.
It’s the last two that skew the numbers.
But... the way the USA allows firearms to be purchased is ass-backwards. In many countries (Canada, Germany, Czech, Finland, etc.) you can own the same types of guns as you can get in the USA, but the process takes into account safety, training and the person purchasing them. All of which you have to do before you can buy firearms. The result? The use of firearms in crimes/suicides is much less in those countries. My state has permit-to-purchase for pistols and the result is we have less pistol related murders than surrounding states. I'm so frustrated with the weird dichotomy in talking about firearms, its either "Guns are the devil" or "Guns are angels". They are neither - they are tools. And the how we handle those tools says more about us than it does about the tools themselves.
"Over the last decade, the age-standardised suicide rate for males increased from 16.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011 to 18.6 in 2020. Female rates also increased from 5.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011 to 5.8 in 2020."
Suicide rates per 100,000 have remained relatively flat over the past 50 years.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Open relationships or dating/see other people are fine if everyone involved is cool with it. But its very clear at least one party wasn't so cool with it. And it would be up to Colin Strickland, the apex of the triangle, to choose one or the other if that was the case. Again, while Kaitlin Armstrong (allegedly) deserves whatever punishment she receives, she could rightfully argue there were circumstances guided her down that path - namely Colin Strickland.
They are in a very similar position the British Empire was in shortly before it fell.
In any case, Strava is very far down the list of reasons why this tragedy occurred.
C'mon big boy..
Either take the bet or not.
This is already the case. Personally, I've activated the recent feature to hide all start and end points.
While the guy is a scumbag, charging him with any crime here would be basically be a legal travesty. So any guy (or woman) who upsets their significant other would somehow be criminally responsible for any crimes they might commit because they were upset?
If he was somehow involved in the crime or helped cover it up then he should be charged. But there are no laws against simply being a douchebag.
So really, if they have something on him, by all means full steam ahead. I'm not shedding a tear for the dude.
If you're thinking I'm advocating for him to be charged with something, or anything just for the sake of being charged because he's a douche? No, that's NOT what I'm saying.
From what I know so far, he's broken no Texas law and has cooperated fully.
I am a lawyer and I've seen arguably less culpable parties held responsible for civil damages
Wait for someone else to say it, then drop in.
Possible criminal charges:
Accessory after the fact
Civil suit: absolutely.
From the second paragraph. It's not clear that the "while they were separated" version of events is corroborated by anyone other than Strickland himself, and per the messages from Armstrong in the affidavit, it doesn't seem like she knew they were separated.
The article is clearer later on that Strickland's version of events is deeply suspect, but in the above quote it shades towards presenting at least a part of his story as fact.
Also, Unbound Gravel is 200 miles, not "k".
So you've essentially justified alcohol being banned on Sundays considering it's considerably more dangerous than guns are.
Now. Where are all the SJW's preaching about banning alcohol.
I won't be using Alcohol to kill other people.
Sorry to hear he is so upset about his proximity to the event. The proximity that he created and made worse. Poor guy. Everyone must feel so bad for him.
It is undeniably way too easy to buy guns here in the us. I’m not necessarily saying everyone should go through the process required to own a suppressor or SBR (FBI background check, finger prints, $200+ Application/tax fee, interview with local sheriff) to buy a .22 rifle for your 12 year old kid…. But I also wouldn’t be opposed to raising the purchasing/legal ownership age to 25, requiring an hour long chat with a clinical psychologist, and an extended (like, months?) waiting period. We don’t have to ban guns, and guns aren’t inherently evil, but the way Americans act around them is reprehensible in a supposedly civil society. Let’s get Swiss about this.
If you don’t personally know someone who has been shot (including yourself, depending on circumstance) then it can be hard to recognize the actual impact that guns have. If you have been shot (or shot at) get counseling, and try not to sleep with a pistol under your pillow and focus on hard external security instead. Maybe some breathing exercises too. Get a dog or three. I know the angles in my home, the weak points and defensible positions. The best defense in populated areas is talking with your neighbors and making friends. Don’t flaunt wealth, and NEVER put a gun company’s logo sticker on your car. Get your CCW. Take practical classes. Get a corrupt Colombian guardia-civil agent to hold you at gunpoint, bribe them, go on your way, and then come talk to me.
I agree, with more guns than people in the US yeah our situation is pretty f*****d. People buying auto-sears for glocks on wish.com is too.
Go buy a frickin’ Ma-Deuce or Mac-11 for all I care, as long as you’ve been vetted and cleared.
Gangs 3D print or import from other countries
10mln people lives in the country and this "killed by guns" trend started for about 10yrs ago
IMHO and US Constitutionally speaking, there should be zero gun restrictions that infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Thus placing the responsibility with the individual.
This is a cultural problem.
That is the problem - people are weird and irrational by nature. They do not need weapons of war at arms length all of the time.
So, how did Strickland see his girlfriend (Armstrong) two days after the killing if she boarded a plane a day after the killing?
That does not sound 'aware of the circumstances,' so much as an older person manipulating a younger person.
Ok? Everyone? Yo yo get this:
I really hope I'm misunderstanding your comment, and not that it's in INCREDIBLY poor taste.
Heart goes out to the families impacted by this. Totally sucks.
He lost all of his sponsors and will carry that guilt with him forever.
I'd say that's throwing it all away
Lachlan is the real deal.
Strickland was a big fish in a very small pond.
He's now a very very small fish in the big pond of public opinion.
Mo had a tremendous engine. Her tech skills weren't great but nevertheless she waxed everyone at sea otter, including world cup racers.
She could have done absolutely anything.
Pull your head out of your arse.
Private entities can do whatever they want, including choosing to not have their brand represented by shitty people.
His involvement in this puts him squarely in the “negative ROI” category for sponsors, and accordingly, they’ve dropped him immediately.
Also, f*ck both Armstrong and Strickland, such a senseless loss of a young and vibrant life.
Ruining his career seems, well, like a good start.
As far as we know, this guys only transgression was cheating on his girlfriend. Is Redbull (or any of his other sponsors) going to drop any other athlete for cheating on their significant other? If not, it would seem this guy is only being punished for a crime someone else committed.
The guy is kind of a scumbag so its hard to feel bad, but it is kind of f*cked up that he got dumped by all his sponsors.
Foreign invasion isn't in the same league as a personally motivated murder.
Pretty sure they don't want to take the guns away completely, but to make it so you can't get one without background checks, wait times, and professional training and being tested on that training, though in this case it doesn't seem like it would have helped here as it wasn't buying a gun for murder, but already having and using it.
I just don't see why a civilian needs a fully auto AR with AP rounds, dripping with attachments (except for encounters with 30-50 wild hogs ofc) but surely a semi auto is all you really need?
I'm not saying he has great character, but I do think it's overreactive of his sponsors to drop him because he has bad taste in women.
Pending criminal charges are a very real possibility.
A pending civil liability case is almost guaranteed.
Just wait a few weeks and come back to this comment to see if I'm right.
All I have to say is yuck!
Shame on Outside, shame on Pinkbike, and Alicia you should know better.
This is not life, this is drama, and it’s not appropriate. You’ll never get my money for Beta, not as long as you publish this kind of garbage.
Kinda sucks that Strickland's sponsors all dropped him though. It seems that he didn't commit a crime ( if he is found guilty of one then that's a different story).
This Idea that everyone lives a squeaky uncomplicated life is ridiculous and to "cancel" him so quickly seems unfair IMHO.
He was dating a crazy and met a lovely ,normal woman and was likely realizing that he should get out of the relationship but it was (clearly) complicated. That's not a reason to ruin his career.
Ruining his career seems, well, like a good start.
His contract was terminated probably due to a moral clause.
Society is canceling him.
They exist side by side. To say he is not being canceled is absurd.
If you remember, it's the same group of people who will defend Courtney - public figures who capture some people's imagination to an unhealthy extent.
She is a known piece of work locally. She didn't murder anyone but is nothing like what she presents in front of a camera.
As far as sponsorship I would like to see an abuse organization write a contract with him as a repentant manipulator.
There are deep wells of law and psychology to dive into but I won't get into that now.
Is what I said. That principle applies to everyone. In the context of pink bike, The cult of Courtney is the first exemplar.
Keep that in mind next time I rip into her.
No one cares about your opinion I'm talking to Andrew.
It's in the affidavit, which is publicly available.
December or January.
You didn't read the affidavit obviously
You are making things up
If you follow that logic, there is no wrong place.