A few days ago, Joe Stack flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. Most of the media labeled him as insane, disgruntled, or misguided. But there have been people who stood up for Joe Stack, saying that he was the one who was wronged.
Samantha Bell, Joe Stack’s daughter from his first marriage, is one of those people. Bell calls her father a hero, saying “I think too many people lay around and wait for things to happen. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished.”
Joe Stack’s desperate attempt to get people to listen proved to be fatal for Vernon Hunter, an IRS agent and Vietnam Veteran.
Bell does not condone her father’s actions.
“His last actions, the suicide, the catastrophe that caused injuries and death, that was wrong,” Bell said.
Ken Hunter, Vernon Hunter’s son, had this to say.“My dad did two tours of duty in Vietnam, my dad’s a hero.”
Did Joe Stack have a message that needed to be heard? Did his life or Vernon Hunter’s need to end in order to give that message power? Was he insane, or a hero?