In November 2016, Claire Wolfever/Zachary McClimans, a man who identifies as a woman, allegedly opened fire on a Wal-Mart co-worker in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Jayson Hall suffered from four gunshot wounds and was airlifted to a Youngstown, Ohio hospital. Hall survived the attack, and was reported to be in stable condition.
McClimans was charged with two counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, theft, having a firearm without a license, and reckless endangerment.
McClimans justifies his actions by claiming that Hall “threatened” and “harassed” him after McClimans disclosed his “gender identity.” So instead of simply ignoring Hall, filing a complaint, or finding a new job, McClimans decided to play judge, jury, and would-be executioner for the crime of (allegedly) being rude. So, he stole his grandfather’s gun and shot a man four times for (presumably) not being nice and supportive and all.
Any other man shooting another man multiple times for (allegedly) saying unkind things would be quietly going to prison without a lot of public concern.
But because McClimans is a transwoman, he gets an extremely sympathetic write-up from pro-trans reporters, such as Sue Kerr, who can’t bring herself to express one word of sympathy for the gunshot victim.
This in a country where ordinary women typically can’t kill an abusive partner, even in self-defense, even when there is a documented history of assault and broken protection orders, without public blaming and/or facing full criminal charges.
Instead, Kerr’s major concern is that the western Pennsylvania media consistently “misgendered” McClimans, and how we can build a “region that respects and supports our trans neighbors.”
There is NO discussion about taking responsibility for a disproportionately violent response to a (perceived) “dissing,” or that McClimans’ alleged crime is very consistent with male pattern violence, in that that the victim is blamed for “causing” the violence. In fact, one pro-trans commenter explicitly says “what punishment or ownership will the ‘victim’ get or take for Claire making the decision she did. Let’s face it, I’d highly doubt if he’d left her alone she’d have done what she’d done. She didn’t get to where she’d gotten on her own.”
Kerr also published an account of this crime at Huffington Post, so as to elicit national sympathy for this alleged would-be killer. Needless to say, there is also a Facebook page offering “official support.”