It’s beginning to look like the first goal of gun control legislation should be to remove weapons from the hands of the police. The recent Empire State Building incident is a good example. A deranged man kills one person, puts away the gun, and walks away. The police catch up to him, he takes out the gun but does not fire, and from ten feet away they spray enough bullets to kill him, and wound nearly twenty other people. Talk about a mass shooting incident. And it’s not an isolated incident. Three police officers down in Texas recently pumped tens of rounds into an innocent ex-Marine who answered the door carrying a safetied weapon. (My objection isn’t that he was shot, but that he was shot again and again and again).
When I lived in the DC area, it seemed impossible for a DC policeman to draw his weapon without some poor bystander getting shot. Or maybe a fellow officer. Or sometimes, himself. Very occasionally the target person would get hit, but that was mostly by accident.
I was in the Pentagon when the first person ever killed there was shot in 1987. (more…)