The sound of silence...
A gunman goes on rampage, kills six.
We hear from the Brady Campaign, which might be expect to cite the case, or at least post a press release expressing their condolences... the sound of silence. Their lead item is still a posting about "God Not Guns Sabbath," held over a week ago. Strange, when there were far smaller shootings in Philadephia and Salt Lake City months ago, they were quick to proclaim "What a disturbed teenager in Utah and a tormented businessman in Pennsylvania have in common is that they had access to guns....We join with our Brady members and Million Mom March Chapters in Utah and Pennsylvania and across America in offering our heartfelt condolences to the families of those that have been lost." When two men were killed in Greenwich Village, they announced "Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of the victims of the terrible shooting in Greenwich Village."
Of course, in the case they ignore the shooter was a law enforcement officer, so his victims wouldn't serve their policy agenda. But we'd have to be awfully cynical to believe that advancing a political agenda has anything to do expression of condolence, I suppose.
It is telling. It means that they believe that it is ok for the Government to murder its citizens and like all disarmament movements, their true aim is a totalitarian government.
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at October 8, 2007 07:13 PM
The silence has indeed been quite informative.
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at October 8, 2007 08:06 PM
I am cynical, but I wasn't born that way. It's training.
Posted by: straightarrow at October 8, 2007 11:54 PM
On a related note, the ultimate goal of groups like IANSA is to disarm the police as well as ordinary citizens. VPC & Brady are smart enough to take small steps & not reveal their endgame.
Posted by: SteVe at October 9, 2007 03:28 AM
We need to close the law enforcement loophole
Posted by: Mr Y at October 9, 2007 05:52 AM
They're just trying to figure out how to spin it.
Here in Wisconsin, the Left-o-Blogs have yammered about "Domestic Violence" when discussing the shootings.
Posted by: dad29 at October 9, 2007 06:20 AM
The BC are part of IANSA.
Posted by: thirdpower at October 9, 2007 06:53 AM
On the other hand, the idiotic "Gun Guys," part of the Joyce Foundation's "Freedom States Alliance," isn't so silent:
But they've been effectively advocating UK style laws in the US all along.
Posted by: ben at October 9, 2007 08:31 AM
And in many states this guy wouldn't be old enough to purchase a handgun -- good thing they gave him one along with the AR-15.
Posted by: Flighterdoc at October 9, 2007 08:35 AM
CNN has now taken the story off of the front page of their website and replaced it with a workplace shooting at a Tire store. They don't want their readers to find out that a LEO gunned down more people. It's bad for the citizens to learn the truth. They have to keep up their lies somehow.
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at October 9, 2007 11:02 AM
That's what I was immediately surprised at when I first read the news story - the guy's age (or relative lack thereof). It jumped right out at me - the guy was a Sherrif's Deputy at 20? Wow. Would it be legal for him to go into a bar to arrest someone? (kinda kidding here, but you get the idea). And another recent story reports that he went through ZERO psychological evaluation. So they don't give ANY background check or interview before they hand someone the imprimatur of such legal authority and hand him an "assault weapon"?
My brother has been a NJ State Trooper for 19 years, and it took a LONG time for him to go through the process of even getting into their basic training. Lots and lots of interviewing, background checking, evaluations, etc.
Posted by: Bill at October 9, 2007 11:04 AM
Bill, the guy was a deputy at 19.
It took the LA County Sheriffs Office more than 18 MONTHS to just complete their background investigation of me when I applied to be a reserve deputy. The entire process from starting to starting the academy took over 28 months...
And some moron there hires a 18 year old to be a deputy? He's not even old enough to go into bars...
Posted by: Flighterdoc at October 9, 2007 11:12 AM
Deputy at 19, no known paperwork on psych eval...
One possibility is that they were handing out badges to people who walked in and asked for them.
Another possibility is that he was a relative of someone powerful, and had always wanted to be a cop, and was given a fast-track into his position.
Posted by: karrde at October 9, 2007 11:28 AM
So as a 19 year old officer, I expect that he was permitted to carry a concealed handgun throughout the US?
As for those who hired him, I am sure the courts will affirm their complete lack of legal liability in the incident.
Posted by: Jim at October 9, 2007 03:06 PM
Smells like George Soros to me.
Posted by: The Mechanic at October 10, 2007 05:09 PM