Another Shooting

Both political parties attempt to legislate people’s behavior. Sometimes this is necessary. Another shooting today near the Empire State Building in NY City will catapault gun control to the forefront and maybe my first visit recently to the King Kong building helps bring this shooting a little closer home. No doudt Mayor Bloomberg will double down on his gun control efforts. This is the 5th high profile incident recently involving shooting(s) that immediately comes to mind without researching.

(1) Just days ago in Washington, DC a deranged gunman shot a guard at a conservative organization’s headquarters after telling the guard

I don’t like your politics

This gunnman interestingly carried 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in a bag.

(2) We all are aware of the Sikh killings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and what happened there.

(3) Just last night 19 people were shot across the South and West sides of Chicago . The shootings in Chicago are well documented.

(4) The awful carnage in that Aurora, Colorado (essentially Denver) theater is still fresh in our minds. That shooter killed 12 people and injured 58 others, the highest number of casualties in an American mass shooting.

I live about 90 miles from Wahington, DC and know they have a 100% no gun ownership law. The Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin is another gun-free zone. NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has waged a national campaign for stricter gun laws while passing some the nation’s most stringent laws in his city. In response to the Columbine High School shootings over a decade ago, Colorado also has enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Had someone shot and stopped the mad ‘Dark Knight’ shooter, to perhaps prevent some or much of the carnage that occured, Colorado law dictates that person be arrested. Handgun ownership is not allowed at all in the city of Chicago, which also has one of the tightest gun control laws in the country.

The deterent effect of gun ownership is difficult to determine. Perhaps the other extreme is not so difficult.


  1. The Lorax says:

    Not gonna argue gun control but from what I have read, there was so much confusion in the Aurora theater that people didn’t know where the shots were coming from or who the bad guy was. Someone with a handgun and a hero complex could have easily shot innocent people. In the abstract we can see how having a gun might be useful in those situations but in reality, we know that most often guns are useless in deterring crime – unless one has superior training. I once read somewhere that women who try to pull a gun on an attacker are more often than not still overcome by their attacker than then more aggressively attacked than they would have been. I don’t have the link for that – so don’t bother asking, Randy.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    ‘Not gonna argue gun control… “


  3. So. It turns out it’s the bullets from the cops guns that injured those folks. Guess they need range time. The media will play this up, as well as any other shootings, unless, of course, they happen to a conservative group dubbed a hate group by the oh so lilly white SPLC.

  4. here i go again. what politician for national office has even mentioned crime as an important issue ?

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    I suspect you are referring to violent crime which is discussed by more local politicians.

    One exception that comes to mind is that President Obama has discussed immigration laws and his intent to not enforce some of them.

  6. Randy. crime is crime just like rape is rape. there are areas of our country not safe to go into because of random shooting. hard drugs have infested our suburban areas where children have access to most any drug. there are cartels and white collar schemes that thrive on our senior and get away with it. there bank robbers who are armed and ready to kill you. this has nothing to do with immigration. it has everything to do with a solution to with us citizens paying for over-crowded jails and no end to it. BTW, all crime is violent and affects the mental state of our people, their lives and fear of danger. back to the fact. what programs are the pols suggesting and implementing to stop sex slaves . oh, it that not violent enough ?