Dallas Man Simply Wanted to Shoot His Glock into a Pile of Trash in His Yard

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Cavazos' mugshot
Around 5:30 this morning, 29-year-old Tomas Cavazos developed a serious beef with a pile of trash. A neighbor called police to report that the man appeared to be shooting the hell out of some debris in his front yard. Police arrived at a house in West Dallas to find the 6-foot-2-inch, 240 pound Cavazos standing behind a fence with a Glock 17 9mm semiautomatic in his hand. He wasn't shooting at anything when they arrived, but merely standing, holding the gun, probably contemplating what an asshole that debris was being.

Apparently intent on his lawn care, Cavazos didn't drop the gun when three squad cars pulled up in front of the house. Nor did he respond the first two times police yelled at him to drop his weapon.

After some more shouting from the police to drop the gun, Cavazos finally did so. Officers took him and the Glock, separately, to Lew Sterrett jail. The police also ran a background check and discovered Cavazos wasn't exactly supposed to have a gun; he has three felony convictions, all for drug possession. Court records show that the last time he was arrested, in January 2012, police stopped by his house to discuss reports that drugs were being sold there. After Cavazos gave them permission to search the house (politely apologizing first for it being "kind of messy") the cops found a little more than 3 1/2 ounces of marijuana inside the kitchen cabinets, some scales with pot residue on them, a few capsules of heroin, a loaded SKS semiautomatic rifle in the laundry room, and another rifle with no serial number sitting nearby. In addition to the loaded, easily accessible firearms, officers were concerned by the house's "rat traps exposed with poison ... no mattress and nails in the floor," mostly because a 2-year-old child also lived there.

Which is all really beside the point. The lesson here: You managed to slip away this time, pile of trash and debris in Tomas Cavazos' front yard. But you better sleep with one eye open.

Update, 4:09 p.m.: We've updated this post with Cavazos' new mugshot, apparently taken bright and early this morning.

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cecymartinez91
cecymartinez91

This is my cousin i don't think its smart to put peoples personal lives on articles just for a laugh he is innocent my cousin is not all in his state of mind and does need help just like anyone else how would you feel if a story of your life was written making fun of you

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Our garbage piles are much safer with this man in jail.

s2pid
s2pid

LOLOL! well written. Thanks for making me laugh.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

This is a clear example of why ALL gun sales should require background checks. There is a good chance Cavazos bought these weapons in private transactions, not from a registered dealer, and therefore no requirement of the background check.

All weapon sales should require background checks, and there should be enforcement. Why anyone would argue against this easy, simple requirement is baffling.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

"another rifle with no serial number sitting nearby"

That right there proves that someone did not do their job. That is a serious felony on the federal level. He should have been in a federal prison for this crime and the felon in possession crime, But, I'm betting someone decided not to prosecute it.

This is more evidence that we don't need more gun laws. We need to actually enforce the ones we have.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

a Dallas man wanted to nut into some prostitute in his yard

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

The story about his last arrest sounds familiar... did the DO write about it?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Drunks typically do not drop a weapon when ordered to do so.  

They . . . hesitate.  And that's all it takes.

Kinda like that woman who tried to go around that Richardson Matador cop.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Reports indicate that the pile of trash was acting in a threatening manner and was making a motion to pull a weapon first.

russp
russp

Just points out why all the laws currently being proposed in Washington will do little or nothing to stop gun violence. Criminals don't follow the law, that's what makes them criminals! And obviously the courts don't do much to keep them off the street no matter how many times the police bring them in.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Yes indeed, we must have background checks for weapons, but as for kids just go ahead and make them and commit them to a life of abuse and indifference.



Bienvenidos al Norte!


ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

let's hope he's more cooperative the next four times he's arrested.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog Ok, how do you require him to fill out the background check? 

How many laws was this guy already breaking? But you think a law saying he needs to have a background check to buy a gun would finally be THE ONE he followed?  

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@mavdog He probably got the heroin in a private transaction too, without a registered dealer, prescription, or background check. 

russp
russp

@mavdog 

Since one of the guns had the serial number ground off, there is a real good chance he bought this from another criminal; not anyone who would be doing background checks even if it was the law. And the argument against is law enforcement does nothing to prosecute the thousands who attempt to buy a gun and do fail the background check now so what is the point of a new law that will only affect those who already follow the law.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@russp The fact that those new laws will burden law-abiding citizens, not criminals, is considered a feature, not a bug, by their proponents.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

the seller would submit the background check prior to selling the weapon. if the buyer didn't fill it out, no sale or the seller is held responsible.

why do you believe the seller won't follow the law? are you of the opinion that people are eager to be law breakers?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid

I believe that is a 100% certainty.

thank goodness we don't have "Heroin Trade Fairs"or "Mesquite Heroin Club" and the like down at the local arena where anyone can go get heroin, or the guy down the street openly advertising his heroin for sale to anyone, including kids, to buy.

hmm, why do we allow this for guns?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@russp

could be he bought the gun with the serial number already filed off, or he could have done it himself. neither of us know the answer.

The argument that there isn't adequate enforcement currently is hollow. The laws should be enforced, and with 100% background checks make enforcement a priority. It's all about priorities, enforcement can be prioritized.

btw, all the restrictions that have been put on ATF enforcement must be removed. These riders put on bills at the behest of the NRA are to blame for a lack of enforcement.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

no, the "easy way out" is to continue with the same laws, the same lack of enforcement, with the same results.

some of us have the courage to press for a change in the current reality. some don't have that courage.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog Most people who lie on the background checks never are prosecuted either.

So not only do you have no clue how your law would accomplish anything or be enforced, but how would you even legally implement it at all?

Let's just pretend that the federal government is actually bound by some kind of rules and the Constitution still applies. 

 It's telling that you are jut looking for the easy way out.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

Following that logic, all laws that don't have total compliance aren't needed, right?

Ridiculous. There isn't total compliance with any law out there, some are close and others (such as speeding) have a lot less. The fact that there are some people who violate a law isn't a vald argument that the law is not needed.

Background checks are needed. Background checks are easy.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog If a convicted felon such as Mr Lawnmower here has no problem breaking all the laws he is already breaking-- what makes you actually believe he would follow your idiotic law if he decided to sell a gun with some of his drugs?

"Here's a QP of dope, but I really need you to fill out this 4473 for me Jesus" "Que?" "Yeah, mavdog on the internet says we need to have background checks!"

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RTGolden

Just like it is perfectly legal to own, carry and use prescribed pharmacueticals? and perfectly legal for a licensed pharmacy to sell these pharmacueticals?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog  "  hmm, why do we allow this for guns?  "  Maybe because it is perfectly legal to own, carry, use and trade firearms?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid

yes, "pain clinics" that have licensed doctors, and regulations on their prescriptions. they have their drugs audited for compliance. This is good, it is also something the ATF is limited in doing to gun dealers courtesy of the NRA.

have you seen the doctors and pharmacy's who have been hit by the feds? even Walgreen and CVS have agreed to shut down locations where they were indifferent to obvious dealers getting scripts for 1000's of drugs.

enforcement of gun regs can work, it merely takes the wherewithall.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@mavdog Don't get me wrong, I am for backgroung checks, I just don't think they are the panacea others promote them as.  Also, this guy was out 15 months after being busted for felony possession with firearms.  Either he was out on bail for 15 months or already sentenced and paroled.  A faster moving judicial system would do wonders in this type of situation.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@mavdog Actually, we do have "pain clinics" where doctors prescribe oxicoton and other narcotics.  And I have no issue with gun shows or clubs. 

And in some parts of town, people are pretty open about the drugs they have for sale.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TexMarine

To answer your question, there's no way for the ATF, or anyone for that matter, to "know of the existence of every firearm", and no, it is illogical to expect anyone to go "door to door to force registration".

good thing that registration of every firearm isn't a goal, or a subject of any legislation. A mandatory check of the buyer at point of sale is however. that is easy to accomplish, and should be mandated.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@mavdog exactly HOW is the ATF supposed to know of the existence of every firearm?  How can the ATF enforce mandatory registration? In other words, if universal background checks are required for all firearms transactions, how will they know that the firearm existed in the first place?  In Texas, you have to register your pistol, but that's done at purchase. Other than that, there's no registry of long guns, shotguns, or who bought your pistol from you.  You're going to have a hard time finding any ATF agents who live in Texas willing to be onboard with any program to go door to door to force registration; even harder to find a Sherriff willing to do the same. But I guess as long as it looks like something is being done, do-gooder gun grabbers feel accomplished (for once).

Failed logic my friend.  In Mr. Cavaso's case, I'm sure we'll find out that his immigration status will be what keeps him locked up, rather than his discharging a firearm. Had the existing laws been enforced in the first place, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

@mavdog I am sure a three time felon bought those guns!!! My best bet is that he A) Stole them or B) Like stated above, bought them off another drug dealer C) Traded for them (drug for guns) or D) Combo of both.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

I would agree. But many others would benefit if those things were taught in school and the Religious Right would drop this ignorant notion that teenagers can keep their hormones in check through not being educated about sex, contraception and the ramifications.

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