Richard Venola, Former Editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine, Arrested in Mohave County Murder

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office
Richard Venola
The former editor of Guns & Ammo magazine is accused of using a gun and ammo to kill a man visiting his house yesterday.

Richard Venola, 53, was arrested by Mohave County Sheriff's deputies after allegedly shooting 39-year-old James Patrick O'Neill outside Venola's home in Golden Valley, which is outside of Kingman.

O'Neill was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Office says.

According to the Sheriff's Office, O'Neill apparently had been visiting Venola, but what exactly the purpose of that visit was hasn't been disclosed.

O'Neill had a gunshot wound to the chest, and deputies confiscated a "large caliber rifle" from the scene.

Venola was booked into the Mohave County Jail on a second-degree murder charge, and the Sheriff's Office says the case is still being investigated.

According to the Guns & Ammo website, Venola, a retired Marine, took over as the associate editor of RifleShooter magazine -- owned by the same company as Guns & Ammo -- in 2004, and was named editor of Guns & Ammo less than three years later.

Guns are described as Venola's "first love" in his biography.

UPDATE: This post initially said Venola's the current editor of Guns & Ammo. We've been told his biography was a little outdated, and he actually left the post a couple of years ago.


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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Gun enthusiasts are mere pawns for the military industrial complex.  The weapons industry's retail commercial marketing system and grassroots lobbying arm (aka the National Rifle Association or NRA) is their spokespeople.  NRA members be aware of the warnings given to the citizens of this Country by our greatest President Dwight D. Eisenhower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

DD12
DD12

Maybe you would  because you belive that every gun owner will its called projecting. I would be horrified if I was forced to shoot another human being,even if my life or someone elses was in danger.

Floyd D Barber
Floyd D Barber

 Why must they? The same reason they cry racism when a person o9f color is involved. The facts aren't on their side so they try to distract from the issue.

Terry110
Terry110

..yet only a small percentage of people who legally own guns use them in the commision of a Felony.

Terry110
Terry110

Being clean cut is evil?  So all Professionals with grooming standards are hiding their dark souls?  You seem unhinged and delusional.

Terry110
Terry110

What a Moronic statment.  You should not jump out of the way if a vehicle hurtles toward you.  Thats what you are saying.

Terry110
Terry110

Wow, no "Happy Trails" there.  More like Hatefull Trails.

Terry110
Terry110

Im more worried about you LOL.

alcan7
alcan7

I don't know if the venola shooting was justified or not. I wasn't there so I will withold comment until more info is available. The justice system will sort it out.   However to the pinheads who think that guns are evil I have a couple of things to say.

First of all you guys are not man enough to protect your families, I guess you expect someone else to do it for you. As nany state libewrals you expect the government to protect you.

Also for those who accuse us who carry of having something lacking in their trousers I have a suggestion. If you have a decent looking wife or sister send her my way and we will see who is lacking in the trouser department.

Ron Fontaine
Ron Fontaine

Ted Kennedy's Car has Killed More People than my gun.

Jim
Jim

Republicanbigotism spreading fast outside of Arizona, their hate has no limits as you can see by their cowardly action against children .

Doug
Doug

 Really nudogg? Have you got any credible psychological research to back up your assertions? I haven't found any, and I have looked. The "gun as a substitute penis" myth is just that.

bonnieblue2A
bonnieblue2A

Really, you think women who enjoy hunting, sport shooting, or carry a concealed weapon for the defense of themselves or their loved ones suffer form "phallic insecurity"? How long have you had these dellusions?

Myron Swanberg
Myron Swanberg

"Guns are described as Venola's "first love" in his biography." Hmmmm. That statement exemplifies why responsible gun owners, such as me and those who despise guns want the pseudo Second Amendment worshipers to seek help. Guns are fun, guns can even be said to be cool; but love them? Really? I like my Snap On combination wrench set. I enjoy using my table saw, power sanders, jigsaw and drill press. I appreciate a finely tuned, high output motor. I think clowns like this gundamentalist should have found some other, more challenging and emotionally reciprocal hobby. As far as the apparent psycho sexual nature or motivation of many of the gun owners I have known over the years; I would suggest just get some Viagra, or look to the life of Christ as a better example of what a man should be. Fearless, honest, kind and forgiving. Way better than paranoid, spitefilled, deceitful and misinformed. These guys are so scared of being scared they are useless.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

That's two ex-marines in one week.

Semper Fi! Oooorah

nudogg
nudogg

Rvhobo 1954,

you're right my friend.

mrparker1, you're wrong, and so is freud

.  it doesn't take someone to be degreed and lettered to see the obvious symbolic correlation between many of  those (not all) who are  obsessed with guns and their phallic insecurity.

actually, it goes deeper and more detailed than that.  and historically it's endemic to this culture.  but, this topic could never be adequately fleshed out in this forum.  so many  of us are in such disagreement about it all.

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Biteme
Biteme

nice hack writing job you liberal douchebag...

nick
nick

lets not jump to conclusion. this article is so poor it gives us no facts. remember the duke lacrosse rape case. arrests were made and when the truth came out charges were dropped. maybe it was second degree murder or maybe it was self defense. we shall see.

Lootie
Lootie

This country needs more killin' of anti-gun liberals. Thugs, dopers, meth-heads, theives, child molesters, rapists, execution style. 

Rick
Rick

Did anyone hear about the 13 year old gunned down in Alabama? No because he tried to carjack with a loaded gun. Did any one hear how many thugs in the city of Chicago got shot last weekend? No because they serve no libral political cause. Now when a white gun nut shoots somebody. Well we can assume he is a republican racist and we can use that to further divide. And garner support for the left. Who will of course save us. How? Well with awesome rhetoric and big promises of course. Mr Oneill lost a son. There is an investigation. If wrong doing is to blame punishment will be delt out through the justice system. So all your liberal chest pounding will not solve or prevent a damn thing. So STFU and stop trying to politicize every damn thing.

Davew
Davew

Mr. Oneill, please elaborate. 

P oneill
P oneill

you aholes can say what you want im the one who lost my son by an intoxicated jackass

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Some folks obsessed with guns, have something lacking in their trousers, the gun gives them a feeling of power they cannot find any other way! Guns are merely tools, does a carpenter, brick mason want too wear his tool belt 24/7? No guns have a different affect on some people who have low self esteem, poor egos, and very likely a bit short in the trouser area!;-) It is a strange coincidence that Mohave county was where Timothy McVeigh of Oklahoma City bombing, 165 or so dead folks, had his bunker where he plotted that infamous bombing! The murderer (Bush) now on death row for the child murder south of Tucson fled to Mohave county when he was wounded, seems curious these radical thinking individuals seem to find something they like up in Mohave county! Now we see JT Ready murdering a baby, 3 adults, his case reminds of the DC museum shooter, who was also a racist, failed at a internet blog he ran, angry his social security check was reduced, in his 80's, murdered some hapless minimum wage security guard, died in jail awaiting trial, seems some of these folks are just trouble looking for a place to happen!

Awfletch38
Awfletch38

Him mug shot reminds me the movie "The Shinning"

Local Redneck
Local Redneck

This guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male ever. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil that lurks deep down in their dark souls. just like JT READY did.

FloydD.Barber
FloydD.Barber

 What acts were those. How about those women and children the Democrats cooked up in Waco?

Robert G. Williscroft, PhD
Robert G. Williscroft, PhD

I know Richard Venola personally, and have for several years. He is a responsible, reasonable gun owner. His "love of guns" is reflected in his former editorship of Guns and Ammo, and his frequent trips to Africa to test out new gun models. Without further facts, I believe all of you should sit back and await further developments.

bonnieblue2A
bonnieblue2A

Disgusting comments all the way around. Freud would have a blast with your twisted psyche.

Davidwtcs
Davidwtcs

Anyone who believes a gun is a phallic symbol is sick and deranged. Why must liberal morons project sex and love onto inanimate objects? Probably because no animate object in their right mind would get near them!

Floyd D Barber
Floyd D Barber

  it doesn't take someone to be degreed and lettered to see the obvious obsession of anti gunners with gun owners phallus's.

Terry110
Terry110

To many gunowners firearms represent independance.  Its not just the weapons, but a worldview that goes along with owning them that is lost on today generations of pussified males that want a nanny state to care for them.

mrparker1
mrparker1

Exactly right, just like the Trayvon Martin case.

guestindy
guestindy

Many people who have guns ARE dopers.

Floyd D Barber
Floyd D Barber

 Why is it that anti gun people seem obsessed with gun owners penis's?

FloydD.Barber
FloydD.Barber

 People who comment about gun owners lacking something in their trousers lack something in that big empty space between their ears.

Ignorance is not an excuse
Ignorance is not an excuse

Wow, you're a real douchebag, aren't you? I had planned to go through your post line by line, pointing out the fallacies you tried to pass off as 'facts' but I see that your reading comprehension skills leave something to be desired. I'd tell you to go pick up a book on oral discourse but you'd probably think that I used profanity and run off and tell the moderator

Now, returning to the issue at hand, I'd like to critique your position but your message did not contain a single point related to the article. If you'd like to try again let me know and I'll let you borrow my son's box of crayon. Just remember to color inside the lines.

uranidiot
uranidiot

Not all gun enthusiasts are crazy or lacking in the pants. I for one love going out and target shooting as well as hunting wild game. Im not saying felons should own guns as they lost there privilege to own one. Guns dont kill people, the person holding said gun does. On another note if you were to have a gun and set up targets and shoot you may find it addictive as i did

Common sense
Common sense

As a matter of fact, I am compensating for my penis with guns. last time I checked, my penis can't stop a person who is trying to kill or otherwise harm me or a loved one. If your penis is massive enough and heavy enough to stop an attacker, I'm happy for you.

yes, some people use guns for evil purposes, but most gun owners don't. When's the last time you've seen a headline that said "Millions of gun owners killed no one yesterday"? You only hear about the bad stuff, but the bad stuff isn't the only stuff. Remember that.

mrparker1
mrparker1

Your disjointed diatribe reveals that you have your own insecurities.  Even Freud, said that retarded sexual and emotional development is not associated  with gun ownership, but with fear and loathing of weapons. There is no positive correlation anywhere with possession of firearms and practicing shooting skills with a lack of sexual drive or endowment.
Mohave County is great, if you don't like, don't visit.

Localcomic
Localcomic

 Or Carl Childers in Slingblade.

Furside
Furside

"Disgusting" you say.?  Really?  How so?  You should read mor carefully.

Davidwtcs
Davidwtcs

I wish they'd keep their sick, twisted minds off my gun and my body parts. They're creepy! PERVERTS!!!

Just a Citizen
Just a Citizen

Well said Nick.  If it's bonafide crime, they now have the time to sort it out.  One of my personal questions when something happens is "who belongs there?" and "who don't belong there?" Take a look at his FB posts, you wont see any whacko postings rants etc.

bonnieblue2A
bonnieblue2A

Not the ones who possess them legally. Maybe you are confusing lawful gun owners to those felons AG-Holder/Lanny Breuer illegally traffiked guns to in "Operation Fast & Furious".

No doubt this is a tradgedy. We don't know the facts. Thoughts and prayers to the surviving family and friends of the man who was shot.

I wish those who jump on the opportunity to politicize the misuse of any of our Constitutional rights would understand they are playing a role in undermining the personal liberty of every American citizen, current and future.

Kenneth
Kenneth

 "You should read mor (sic) carefully."

Thanks for the tip, Furside. We'll all be sure to read mor carefully.

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