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UPDATE: Cop Kills Innocent Kid -- And He's The Training Officer


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Last weekend I posted a story about a tragic shooting of a 13 year old boy who was carrying a toy rifle that looked like a real weapon. It was called Was This Stop And Frisk Or Stop And Shoot.

My problem was in the official timing of the event. After hanging up with dispatch telling them they were going to investigate a possible armed male, a mere ten seconds later the cops called back in. In that short time two cops got out of their vehicle, called out for the 13 year old who had his back to them to drop the weapon, the boy supposedly didn't respond immediately and they called out to him again, then he turned, one of them shot the boy 8 times and they checked on the fallen lad and then got back to dispatch -- ALL IN TEN SECONDS.

Well, this story takes on a bit more curiosity. According to Reuters 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old California boy carrying what turned out to be a plastic replica assault rifle is a firearms expert who has trained officers for nearly two decades, authorities said on Monday.

Deputy Erick Gelhaus, 48, fired eight shots at Andy Lopez Cruz on Tuesday, as the popular eighth-grader was walking near his home in the wine-country suburb of Santa Rosa carrying an imitation AK-47 he planned to return to a friend, relatives and officials said.

Moment of perspective here: of the two cops involved in the shooting, one was a rookie, the other a seasoned vet who not only had years of experience, but he's the one responsible for teaching other cops, like the rookie, how to use reasonable force. One cop, the training officer fired 8 times, hitting the child 7. The other officer didn't fire a single shot. Did someone here have an itchy trigger finger? If I lived in Santa Rosa California, I wouldn't want that kind of shoot first, ask questions later rogue out on the streets, let alone teaching other officers how to handle a situation.

And how could all of this happen within 10 seconds? Did they fake this shooting? Had they already killed the child and then tried to cover it up. Just think about how short a time this is to do everything that supposedly went down. Does this raise your eyebrows too?

Both cops are on administrative leave, but maybe psychological medical discharge for the senior officer might be more appropriate. You shouldn't get second chances on the street armed with deadly weapons when you kill innocent kids.


Tough noogies, gun fondlers


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Think Progress brings more good news from my home state. A California appeals court upheld our law banning possession of a semi-automatic assault rifle. According to them, the state law is constitutional.

As in, legal. As in, per the United States Constitution. As in, the Second Amendment has its limits. As in, tough noogies, NRA and extremist gun fondlers everywhere.

Think Progress:

[T]he Supreme Court’s seminal Second Amendment opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller held that the right to bear arms is “‘not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,’ but is instead the right to possess and carry weapons typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes such as hunting or self-defense.” Ownership of “[d]angerous and unusual weapons” is not protected by the Constitution.

Ownership of “[d]angerous and unusual weapons” is not protected by the Constitution.

There's even more at the link.

So if the gun zealots really believe in the Constitution as they say they do, they might want to finally enthusiastically abide by the, you know, law.


Graphic of the Day- Why It's Easier To Buy An Assault Weapon Than To Vote


NOTE: Oops! GottaLaff posted the same thing here along with Clinton's remarks: Infographic: “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” Ours does.

Thanks to the brains at TP for this mind boggling graphic. I can't think of how we could screw up our priorities more.


Infographic: "A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” Ours does.


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President Clinton gave a terrific speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which included this memorable sentence:

"A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”

Ours does.

To give the point even more oomph, Think Progress posted this handy at-a-glance visual reminder of how wrongheaded the Republican party is in their efforts to slash voting rights while making it a snap to own a deadly weapon:

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See? That way unregulated sales of firearms can continue without those pesky voters trying to step in to make some common sense changes. No I.D., no vote. No vote, no voice. No voice, no change.

Now if states would make official identification cards free and easily accessible, that would be swell. But the GOP would prefer that doesn't happen, because those without I.D.s tend to vote Democratic.

Thankfully, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, and says that's just the first step of many.

Now back to Clinton's remarks. Think Progress:

As it turns out, Clinton is correct: individuals can buy assault weapons without showing identification in more than 30 states, while federal law prohibits states from allowing individuals to vote without some form of identification. In recent years, 13 states have passed stricter voter ID requirements and half a dozen more are considering voter suppression measures in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling invalidating a key section of the Voting Rights Act.

In fact, a ThinkProgress analysis found that anyone can obtain assault rifles from unlicensed dealers at gun shows or online without a background check in 39 states. Zero states allow people to vote without displaying identification.