The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” … 307 U.S. 174.
What we now need is Animal Control and I am not referring to the City of Las Vegas Animal Control Agency that harasses pet owners responding to false accusations, at the click of the finger, from frustrated neighbors with deep insanity complexes. The very same agency that doesn’t respond for hours when someone calls them to report that another animal driving erratically has hit a dog or cat on the road leaving the poor animal without any medical assistance until they die in the middle of the road all by themselves.
I am talking about the animals with a total lack of respect for their elders. I am hoping these types of incidents will not become a common practice in our city. According to District Court records, on November 14 of last year, a security guard employed by Allied Universal, a security guard company that contracts with the Regional Transportation Commission, got involved in a confrontation with an 82-year-old man, Charles Adams, riding the bus.
Anthony Louis Villanueva, 41, was accused by North Las Vegas Police of using unnecessary force and attempting to instigate a fight with Charles Adams in an effort to get Adams off the bus.
According to news and court reports the argument began when Villanueva asked Adams to move his walker from an aisle. Adams complied but, according to reports, using some coarse language in expressing his
contempt for Villanueva. The bus stopped and the police were called.
Villanueva, who got off the bus, got back on the bus and continued to instigate Adams to a fight.
Villanueva grabbed Adams with both hands, shoving him toward the bus door, pushing him out the bus and onto the concrete sidewalk, and then landed on top of Adams, resulting in the man’s death.
I wonder if this Anthony Villanueva believes he is going to be 41 years old the rest of his life. He needs to picture himself during the next 41 years and see if he would like to be treated that way when he’s 82.
During his interview with police, Villanueva said “he was tired from working too many hours with ‘the scum of the earth.’” Apparently, he never had a father either.
If this man was tired from working too many hours, why didn’t he take a vacation? If he could not afford a vacation on his security guard salary, why didn’t he quit and find another job according to his expectations instead of abusing an elderly man?
Another similar case saw the light last March 21 when an obnoxious woman pushed another elderly man from a bus.
Cadesha Bishop, 25, pushed 74-year-old Serge Fournier with such force that the poor man landed on the concrete sidewalk without even
stepping on the bus steps, also resulting in the man’s death.
According to what police said, Cadesha Bishop, who was on the bus with her 5-year-old son, was yelling profanities at other passengers and she pushed Fournier after he told her to be nicer to other people.
People need to understand that older people, because of age, their lack of ability to drive, having lost their driving privileges, not having family members to drive them around—or if they do, dealing with the strong possibility family members don’t want to waste their time driving Daddy or Grandpa around the city, and they may have to wait 30 minutes or more for a bus to later encounter animals like Villanueva
Only God knows the heavy brick they are carrying in their heart.
It is true that older people may sometimes act rude and haughty, but we need to understand that they might be sick and afraid that whatever their illness is, the day to say good-bye is close — or so they may
believe. They could also be lonely and don’t want to admit it.
I’m sure if anyone on the bus in a nice tone of voice asked a passenger to remove his or her walker for the safety of others, they would understand and comply with the request. It is not necessary to bark at them even if you suspect they have a hearing disability.
We all need to understand that we are all getting to that age faster than we would care to believe. Is this the way we want to be treated?
— being thrown in the middle of the sidewalk without any help from others, just like the poor dog or cat left to die in the middle of the road by the animal driver who hit and continues on his way.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.