Last Friday headlines lit up about a supposed mass shooting in front of the Empire State building with at least 10 dead and wounded. Soon after we found out the truth, one dead, and 9 wounded. And then even less reported was the truth: how the 9 innocents were wounded.
One psychopath murdered his coworker in cold blood by shooting him in the back of the head, then supposedly turned his gun on the police when they came running. Two of NYPD’s “finest” returned fire with 16 rounds to stop the psycho, and in their actions wounded 9 innocents by misses and bullet fragmentation in the crowded scenes.
It could have been worse, but it could have been much better.
NYC is a “No Guns” culture. As required by law, the victim in this case was unarmed, as where all other law abiding citizens in that city. Once again, the criminal was the only one besides the police with a gun. Mayor Bloomberg in his lack of wisdom and logic blames guns for crime instead of people’s choices and therefore bans them. Interesting. How did that work out for you mayor?
In this “No Gun” culture that Bloomberg and his goons have bred only results in a society where thugs rule because they continue to use force and firepower, and the innocent civilians are defenseless. As always your best defense is a good guy with a gun, but is now limited to a cop, who at the very least is several minutes away. He has had minimal training and been armed with a less than optimal Glock 22 “customized” with an incredibly heavy 12 pound trigger. The reasoning behind this trigger to to stop accidental shootings by NYPD. I’m sorry, but a heavy trigger does not give you better discretion, nor does it make such an untrained shooter any more accurate.
I read a post earlier about how NYPD has to keep dumbing down their requirements for cops to pass the pistol qualifications, how their tactical training is a joke, and most of all the police academy is the very first time for most officers to ever shoot a firearm.
In Texas, this usually isn’t the case. We are a gun culture. While training is required for law enforcement, most folks grow up with family firearms training of their own. You can look at my “Top Shot” experience. I went into it with my only formal training being a weekend class a few years ago, and I beat all the other top trained experts. Now of course I did have the ultimate advantage, God’s favor, so I can’t take too much credit.
My point is this. All the anti-gunners wish to have a culture where there are either no guns at all, or at the very least only the police and military has guns. In that fairyland, no one can shoot well either. You will have major collateral damage when minimally trained officials pry their rusty handguns from their holsters.
The best solution is for responsible citizens to “cling to their guns” and heritage. Then our future officers will have more experience and training, and the bad guys might think twice before making terrible choices.