How many times have you heard one of the anti-gun establishment make the argument, only police and military should have military style weapons or high capacity magazines? How many times have you been engaged with one of the gun-haters over "universal background checks" and had the question thrown in your face, "What if the guy you sell it to goes crazy?" "How do you know he won't snap and become a mass-murderer?"
I have addressed both comments in earlier commentaries, but we are now, unfortunately, faced with a perfect example of why both arguments are baseless projections and not grounded in reality.
In the first instance, my response has been, "What makes a cop any different from any law abiding citizen? Why should the police or any other para-military government organization be better armed than the citizens they serve?"
In the second case, the response if basically the same, "What makes you think that cop you walk by won't snap? That this morning, his wife left him . . . or he walked in on his wife and another man, or lost his house, lost a loved one, etc . . . then snapped and turned violent?"
The truth has been made manifest over the last several days as former LAPD officer Chris Dorner began his rampage of terror against his fellow officers and their families. The arguments the gun-grabbers make are specious and based upon a false assumption that policemen are more stable of temperament, more reliable, and more trustworthy than your neighbor or any law-abiding citizen.
Dianne Sawyer 03:16 | 02/07/2013
"As we come on the air, 10,000 law enforcement officers are trying to find a killer in Los Angeles, California. A sweeping manhunt, triggered by this man. A former policeman, accused of a shooting spree, targeting fellow cops and their families. And these images say it all. Police officers on the hunt for someone who knows their call codes, their moves. On highways, a request that commuters study license plates and call 9-1-1. And tonight, a city is on the edge. ABC's David Wright is there. David?
Reporter: Good evening, Diane. Tonight, police officers across this whole region feel they are under attack. Police headquarters here on lockdown. Every entrance, every exit, heavily guarded. The entire police force in America's second largest city, essentially held hostage to one man who is allegedly bent on revenge. Tonight, by air, land and sea, an all-out manhunt." [video at above link]
There is nothing about a police officer, a DHS officer, an ATF officer, or a member of our military that differentiates them from any law-abiding citizen except their willingness to face danger and engage in violent acts that most people aren't readily willing to face. It doesn't make them worse, it doesn't make them any less than, but neither does it make them more worthy of being armed.
And we have seen examples of this truth in the careless, dangerous, reckless behavior of the police in their pursuit of this dangerous killer. Innocent citizens have been gunned down BY POLICE in two cases of "mistaken identity," including at least one fatality. There is no excuse for this kind of reckless behavior from police.
Throughout this latest push for more stringent gun-regulations--since the tragedy of Sandy Hook--I have been asking the question, "If politicians wish to limit magazine capacity, shouldn't the police be forced to return to revolvers as in the old days?" If the average law-abiding citizen is to be restricted to 10, or 7 round magazines, shouldn't the police be equally subject to those restrictions?
LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher DornerThe Huffington Post | By Anna Almendrala
Posted: 02/07/2013 12:51 pm EST | Updated: 02/07/2013 7:19 pm EST
LOS ANGELES -- Police officers shot innocent people during the frenzied manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a former cop suspected of murdering 3 people and shooting several more.
Officers from the Los Angeles and Torrance police departments engaged in two separate shootings Thursday morning in Torrance, Calif., reports KTLA. They had come across two different vehicles that were similar to the description of Dorner's getaway car, a gray 2005 Nissan Titan pickup.
The first shooting incident happened at 5:20 a.m. Officers from the Hollywood division of the LAPD shot two people who turned out to have no connection to Dorner's crimes. They were transported to the hospital with gunshot injuries.
The second incident occurred 25 minutes later and involved Torrance police. While shots were fired, there were no reported injuries.
In a press conference Thursday morning, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck confirmed that police shot innocent bystanders during the hunt for Dorner. He detailed the two victims' gunshot wounds:
"One has a minor gunshot wound and is in the process of being released. The second person is in stable condition, with two gunshot wounds," said Chief Beck. "Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers." [emphasis added]
Are the criminals they face in the street any less dangerous when they confront a law-abiding citizen? Is the home invader any less murderous than the fleeing criminal police are chasing? The answer, of course, is no and the assertion that "only police and the military should have 'assault weapons'" is ludicrous, unfounded in fact, and based on politicians' and liberals' own fears of their fellow law-abiding citizens and their irrational fears of an inanimate object.
As in all of these cases of someone on a killing rampage, all of the warning signs were there long before the killer began killing. Chris Dorner's ex-girlfriend described him as "paranoid."
Here we have a former policeman, a Navy veteran, screened as closely as any other member of the police or military, and he is acting out his paranoid imaginings as violently as any of the other recent mass murderer.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Murder suspect Christopher Dorner's ex-girlfriend, Ariana Williams, says she fears for her life while Dorner remains on the loose.
Williams filed a restraining order against him following their break up.
"For somebody like Chris, he was the type of person that without him having a badge, without him having that job, title of police officer, I really don't think he would exist without it," Williams said.
Williams dated him five years ago but says Dorner was unraveling even back then. The proud cop and Navy reservist was always on the watch for a possible attack.
"He would leave firearms all over my house," Williams said. "There'd be one, he'd be in the bed and there'd be one by the bed. There'd be one on the kitchen counter. There may be a combat knife or something, maybe I saw, in the bathroom one day or in the kitchen. He said, 'You know, you're always on duty when you're a cop. You don't ever know who is watching you or following you." [emphasis added]
Here is the tough reality, folks; there are no sure things, no guarantees in life. The risks of living in a free society are around us ever day and any politician who tries to sell you the idea that "if we just do this, if we just ban that, you will be safe," is selling you a pack of lies.
If we want to minimize these sorts of killing sprees, there are a few things which can be done--all perfectly within the bounds of the Constitution.
- Allow all law-abiding citizens to purchase and possess the firearms of their choice, not of the government's choice--this includes fully automatic rifles, short-barreled rifles, sub-machine guns, and any other military small arms--it works in Switzerland, why not here?
- Monitor the behavior of people who display violent tendencies or aberrant behaviors like paranoia or who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses that make them dangerous to others--and if necessary, institutionalize them. Stop worrying about hurting their feelings, they're dangerous people.
- Eliminate all "gun-free" zones--they are standing invitations to mass-killings.
- Place armed guards at our schools, malls and other public gathering places--there are lots of returning military veterans who have the skills and the stability and would leap at the opportunity to protect our children.
- Broaden the ability of average law-abiding American citizens of age to obtain concealed-carry handgun licenses--an armed society is a safe society.
- Stop law-makers from attempting to circumvent the Constitutional prohibitions against government to infringe on our inherent rights--disarming the law-abiding merely gives criminals the green-light to commit more crime.
Of note, Chris Dorner is anti-NRA and a strong advocate of gun-control (and Obama, not surprisingly). In his long, rambling manifesto (these crazies always have a manifesto) he asks:
Who in there right mind needs a f*****g silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!The answer is loud and clear, all able-bodied law-abiding American citizens "need a freaking SBR AR15" (and maybe a silencer too boot). If ever there was proof that American citizens need to be as well armed as the police, this killing rampage and the reckless actions of police following it are all the proof we need.
Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”
There is no rational argument that anyone can make to the contrary and the anti-gun movement (and President Obama and his supporters) prove it. All of their arguments are emotional appeals, efforts to prod the fears and remorse of average citizens. They are trying to ladle on the guilt in an effort to bully citizens into surrendering the rights our Founding Fathers believed to be inherent and important enough to die for.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!
Personal note: Sorry I am late to cover this story, but a family member is experiencing some difficult health issues, so I have been somewhat preoccupied. I beg your indulgence and patience in this difficult time.