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    Unhappy Weapons expert arrested in death of peace activist brother (Damn - Does this mean our shooting range won't be built)?

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    Brother arrested in death of peace activist
    The victim was found in a pickup truck at the side of the road.

    02:18 PM MST on Friday, June 22, 2007
    Robert Flagg / WFAA-TV

    Denton County

    FLOWER MOUND, TX — A man involved in opening a premier shooting range has been arrested in connection with the death of his brother, a Denton peace activist who was found slumped over the front seat of his truck with a gunshot wound to the head, Flower Mound police said.

    Mark Francis Honish, 44, was taken into custody Friday morning in front of his Trophy Club home and charged with murder, Officer Paul Boon said.


    David Honish [victim/peace activist] was arrested on a weapons charge last October.


    A Flower Mound officer on routine patrol found David Honish, 52, in his Ford F-150 pickup truck around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The vehicle, with its engine still running, was about 25 feet off the roadway on U.S. 377 just north of FM1171.

    "The way he was parked appears that he was there to meet someone," Officer Boon said.

    A firearms expert, Mark Honish was president of Tactical Advantage, which plans to open the nation's largest indoor shooting range in Roanoke in the fall. The City Council voted in 2003 to approve the construction of the 40,000-square-foot Tactical Edge Performance Shooting Centers.

    On the Web site Aubreyturner.org, David Honish wrote in 2003 about the pair's plan to start the gun range. "Long story short, we need $400K in private investment to qualify for the loans to make this happen," he wrote. "Will work out the details with my brother & have info on it in the near future for you."

    An Army veteran, David Honish wrote in a recent letter to the Denton Record-Chronicle that he worked in stateside hospitals during the Vietnam War. He was a licensed vocational nurse, according to the state Board of Nurse Examiners.

    Honish was the "main motivator" for the North Texas Veterans for Peace, which often gathered on an overpass near the University of North Texas campus, said Bernie Jezercak, the group’s financial officer.

    "He was a very fine individual," said Jezercak, who had known David Honish for about six years. "He was usually our front man."

    The group last met Memorial Weekend, and Honish was there as always, he said.

    "He was his usual jovial and insightful self," said Jezercak, who added that Honish was known to be opinionated.

    "He wasn’t afraid to shock people into paying attention to what’s going on," he said. "He wasn’t disrespectful or aggressive. But he was willing to make a statement."

    Dan Burnam, the coordinator for Peace Activist Denton, said David Honish was not a member of the Denton group, but that they met for the first time in 2003 at a demonstration and had reconnected at several “peace actions” in the past few years.

    In October, Honish was among about 40 people who took part in a demonstration against torture and the war in Iraq outside the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess in Lewisville. They were part of the local version of "The World Can't Wait" campaign, a North American movement protesting the policies of the Bush administration.

    Burnam said he received an e-mail from Honish on Wednesday with the subject line "Reasons not to re-enlist" and that had talked about opening the gun range with his brother.

    "I don't know that much about David's personal, private life," Burnam said. "It's kind of bizarre he died in a gun accident."

    Mark Honish had owned a company called Blackhawk Air Services between 1997 and 2002, according to state records. He recently worked for Basin Aviation, a Midland-based company that provided charter flights. A company official who declined to give his name said Honish worked sporadically.

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    Wow...

    Maybe it was greed?
    Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!

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    Nah. I understand why he did it. I've had many conversations with hippies that ended with me wanting to shoot them in the face.

    Example: Jenna.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino View Post
    Nah. I understand why he did it. I've had many conversations with hippies that ended with me wanting to shoot them in the face.

    Example: Jenna.

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    Yes, Jenna. We know liberals are pussies.
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    What kind of peacenik gets arrested for a weapons charge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackalope View Post
    What kind of peacenik gets arrested for a weapons charge?





    Radical Muslims??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackalope View Post
    What kind of peacenik gets arrested for a weapons charge?
    I was wondering the same thing - And what kind of peacenik would be a partner in the fabulous new gun range I was looking forward to?!

    Obviously not a very good peacenik, huh Jenna

    Actually some peaceniks are also anti-government libertarians who don't like rules of any kind, so it's not terribly surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie View Post
    Actually some peaceniks are also anti-government libertarians who don't like rules of any kind, so it's not terribly surprising.
    Don't be fooled. I've said it before, but apparently it bears repeating: just because someone calls themselves a libertarian, doesn't mean they are. People that don't like "rules of any kind" are called anarchists.
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    True... There's mainstream and extremists in every group, and they call themselves a lot of things.

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    Update

    The dead brother didn't sound very radical in his letters, but he did sound like a flake - and he did describe himself as having "libertarian leanings" in his letters to the editor - Did I nail it or what? The only thing that would make it more odd is if this turned out to be self-defense.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...t.38522c2.html

    Arrest made in death of Denton activist

    09:28 PM CDT on Friday, June 22, 2007
    By JAY PARSONS and MATTHEW HAAG / The Dallas Morning News
    jparsons@dallasnews.com, mhaag@dallasnews.com

    Also Online
    Video: WFAA-TV's Jackie Hyland reports
    His opinions: Read letters Mr. Honish sent to the Denton Record-Chronicle

    On June 6, David Honish [the dead one] e-mailed his younger brother Mark a clear message: "You don't roar at me and wag your finger in my face EVER AGAIN IN THIS LIFETIME [expletive]!" according to police records.

    "There will be severe consequences for noncompliance," he went on to write.



    David Honish (left) participated in an anti-war demonstration last October in Lewisville

    A police officer on routine patrol found David Honish, 52, dead in his white Ford F-150 pickup truck around 11 p.m. Thursday. The engine was still running.

    At 11:31 Thursday night, a Flower Mound police officer on routine patrol found David Honish's white Ford F-150 pickup parked along the dimly lit dirt shoulder of U.S. Highway 377 at FM1171. Its engine was running, and the headlights were on.

    Officer Chris Carroll walked up to the pickup, expecting to find that the driver needed help.

    Inside, the officer found a man slumped over the steering wheel with a gunshot wound in the face. The dead man was David Honish, a 52-year-old peace activist from Denton. Next to him was a printout of the e-mail exchange with his 44-year-old brother, police said.

    Investigators from the Denton County sheriff's office and the Texas Rangers arrived and made a cast of northbound tire tracks near the pickup's driver-side door.

    Meanwhile, Flower Mound police Capt. Richard Brooks called David Honish's ex-wife, "who stated that the victim and his brother Mark Honish do not like each other and have been feuding for some time," according to a probable-cause affidavit.

    Texas Ranger Tracy Murphree and sheriff's Deputy Larry Kish drove to a cul-de-sac called Woodlands Court in nearby Trophy Club. As they arrived, a black Ford pickup was pulling out of the driveway. The only clean spot on the truck was the driver's side door "the likely place where blood would have fallen," according to the affidavit. The door appeared to have been wiped down, authorities said.

    Ranger Murphree approached the driver, who identified himself as Mark Honish, records show. Mr. Honish said he was leaving for work as an airline pilot. The ranger told Mr. Honish that his brother had been shot and killed.


    Mark Honish [arrested]

    Mr. Honish replied: "He has been threatening me, but you probably know that from looking at the e-mail in his truck," according to the affidavit. Ranger Murphree never told him the victim was shot in the truck, the affidavit says.

    The ranger noticed six drops of blood on the driver's side of the truck's running board, mud on a tail pipe that matched mud from the crime scene and a tire tread pattern that matched the cast, arrest documents show.

    The investigators arrested Mark Honish and charged him with his brother's murder. Mr. Honish was being held Friday in Flower Mound Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

    Mark Honish "That's like something on TV," said Larry Libscomb, who leases land in Roanoke to Mark Honish for a temporary shooting range while a permanent one is being built. "He's just as normal as you and me. I hope he didn't do it."

    It's unclear what the brothers had feuded over, and police would not speculate on a motive. The men's relatives and Mark Honish's ex-wife could not be reached for comment Friday.

    David Honish's ex-wife wouldn't shed any light on a possible motive.

    "I was horrified, just horrified," said Michelle Boslet, who lives in Pennsylvania "I have a daughter by him and it's been a hard day. He's a good person. I haven't seen David for a long time. I really, really can't say anything and don't really want to."

    Shooting range

    Mark Honish is the president of the Tactical Edge shooting range touted as the nation's largest at 40,000 square feet scheduled to open this year in Roanoke. The city approved the project in 2003, but it was delayed because of a lack of funds.

    David Honish's role in the business was not clear, but he appeared to be involved. Tactical Edge vice president Paul Wolf did not return phone messages Friday.


    David Honish On the Web site Aubreyturner.org, David Honish wrote in 2003 about the pair's plan to start the gun range: "Long story short, we need $400K in private investment to qualify for the loans to make this happen. Will work out the details with my brother & have info on it in the near future for you."

    An Army veteran, David Honish was the driving force for the North Texas Veterans for Peace, which often gathered on an overpass near the University of North Texas campus, said Bernie Jezercak, the group's financial officer.

    "He was a very fine individual," said Mr. Jezercak, who had known Mr. Honish for about six years. "He was usually our frontman."

    The group last met Memorial Day weekend, and Mr. Honish was there as always, he said.

    "He was his usual jovial and insightful self," said Mr. Jezercak, who added that Mr. Honish was known to be opinionated.

    Dan Burnam, coordinator for Peace Activist Denton, said Mr. Honish was not a member of the Denton group, but that they met in 2003 at a demonstration and had reconnected at several "peace actions" in the past few years.

    In October, Mr. Honish was among about 40 people who demonstrated against torture and the war in Iraq outside the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess in Lewisville. They were part of the local version of "The World Can't Wait" campaign, a North American movement protesting Bush administration policies.

    Mr. Burnam said he received an e-mail from Mr. Honish on Wednesday with the subject line "Reasons not to re-enlist" in which he had talked about opening the gun range with his brother.

    Brothers' backgrounds

    Mark Honish had owned a company called Blackhawk Air Services between 1997 and 2002, according to state records. He recently worked for Basin Aviation, a Midland-based company that provides charter flights. A company official said Mr. Honish worked sporadically.

    Mark Honish's only previous criminal history appears to be a September 2005 arrest in Dallas County on a weapon possession charge, which was later dismissed by a grand jury.

    In the June 6 e-mail only a portion of which police released David Honish blames his brother for "stupidity and your ongoing felony possession of firearms," without further explanation.

    David Honish [the dead one] had been arrested twice on charges of weapon possession in Denton County. A 2006 incident was dismissed.

    In May, he was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service for a January incident in Denton. A police officer found David Honish, wearing "army-style clothing," standing behind a building with a "ninja kubaton," a heavy metal object made to be held in a fist with spikes extending from the knuckles, according to court records.

    Court papers state that a witness told police Mr. Honish had been crouching behind bushes at an apartment complex and appeared to be window peeping, which Mr. Honish denied.

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