This is really an impressively bad article:
Republican of Texas, recently suggested that if this incident had occurred in his state, where many citizens carry concealed weapons, the crazed shooter could have been quickly terminated. I wonder if the congressman considered the confusion and terror that occurs in a real-life firefight?
Then they cut to their “expert”:
I spent over 30 years as a police officer in the Chicago area, and I was required to carry a weapon both on and off duty….I’ve faced people with guns many times and arrested violent, armed offenders for such crimes as robbery and homicide. Although my gun often left its holster on those occasions, I am grateful that I never had to shoot anyone. I never lost sight of the responsibility of carrying a weapon. Despite what many people think, it’s not something to be taken lightly.
Well here we have a great example of places where guns are completely BANNED and carry isn’t allowed! Sounds like a lovely place for a vacation. We should make America ALL like Chicago!
The last shooting incident I was involved in happened at 3 in the morning on Dec. 26, 2010, my last Christmas before I retired. We responded to a report of two men arguing, one threatening to shoot the other. My radio blared, “Shots fired! Man with a gun.” When I reached one man, running in the darkness between two houses, he had already been shot by another officer. When the officer had ordered the man to stop and identify himself, the man had pointed a pistol at him. The officer ducked behind his car door and fired half the bullets in his Glock 21 before finally hitting the offender once in the left buttock. We eventually found the shooter’s silver semiautomatic deep in a snowdrift.
Why would you need a “hi-capacity” magazine!!! You think you’re going to war? Note this was one officer and one attacker. Turn the attackers from one to two (and who doesn’t have a buddy?) and suddenly our arguments are looking awful good!
llinois is the only state that does not allow ordinary citizens to carry concealed firearms. A few years back, I was visiting my father at the laundromat where he worked, when one of the regulars, who knew I was a cop, asked if I was “strapped.” When I said yes, he complained that he should have the right to carry a gun, too, since he was “a law-abiding citizen.” I’d heard this knucklehead spout off about minorities on numerous occasions and didn’t think he was a good candidate to be packing a weapon in public, though in many states, he could have been. The Trayvon Martin case shows the consequences of an untrained person with a gun. Police officers must go through psychological screening and a lot of training before they’re allowed to carry a weapon, and even then problems sometimes arise.
Nice Strawman! First, yeah the people who are law-abiding who want guns MUST be racist! (BTW who knows how true this account is), and then notice that this cop knows what everybody else is struggling with, he KNOWS that George Zimmerman is a murderer and totally incompetent. Man we should put ONE Chicago cop in every police station, because those dumb shits in Sanford PD spent weeks collecting forensic evidence, and interviewing Zimmerman and his neighbors, and they couldn’t find any evidence that it was a bad shoot. Of course the MEDIA did a lot of bad things like claiming that Zimmerman was a white man, and eluding to an elaborate foot chase where a scared little boy (supplying pictures that were likely a decade old), and claiming that Zimmerman was not injured. Of course all these lies did what they were intended to, and whipping up racial hatred, forcing an obviously political far-reaching charge and all sorts of changes of bail.
The suddenness and confusion of that moment points out the folly of the politician’s belief that an armed civilian could have easily taken out James Holmes. Imagine the scene: speakers blasting, larger-than-life heroes and villains on the screen, and suddenly real gunshots, a man in a gas mask firing one of three weapons — a shotgun, handgun and rifle, with extended magazines for extra ammo capacity — into the panicking crowd. Even a highly trained, armed police officer would have been caught off guard. Try adding a bunch of untrained, armed civilians into the mix — this type of intervention could have made things much worse.
12 people are dead, over 50 people were injured….I’m gonna call bullshit on that. Even if the defender accidentally shoots two innocent people dead, and maybe draws fire to himself…do you really think you can do that math, or are you justifying your bias?
Oh and this is sweet!
Michael A. Black, a retired police officer, is the author of “I Am Not a Cop,” with Richard Belzer, and the forthcoming book “Sacrificial Offerings.”
This Richard Belzer: