A letter to the editor by Mark Bauman criticized peoples’ “judgmental attitudes” toward Alexander Weiss – a 25-ish year-old Rochester man who was charged and tried twice for the murder of a local high-schooler. Both trials ended in mistrials.

Yes. People do tend to have “judgmental attitudes” about people who kill high school kids.

Weiss and some high-schoolers got into an accident. Two teens exited their car, Weiss exited his. The high-schoolers used threatening and profane language toward Weiss.

Weiss said he was afraid. So what did he do? He went back into his car. Why? To call police? No. To get his gun. To get his gun and go back outside to face the teens he was terrified of.

Weiss had a bumper sticker on his car that read, “Gun control means hitting your target.”

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There was no danger in his car. But he got out, told them he had a gun and stood there. Then, when provoked by one of the teens (reportedly, Muhammad Rahim said, “I dare you”) he aimed his gun at Rahim’s chest, shot and killed him.

I live and work in Rochester, and I want nothing to do with him.

I don’t want him anywhere near my kids either.

Mr. Bauman, it’s not only between Weiss and God. It’s between Weiss and everyone in Rochester who knows what he did. He went back to his car to get his gun.

I’ll never forget what Weiss did.

And neither will Muhammad Rahim’s family.

Donny Rowles, Rochester