Six police officers or deputies shot to death in the Seattle, Washington, area since October 31 reflect a troubling trend highlighted by a report released Tuesday.
According to preliminary information compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the number of law enforcement officers killed by gunfire in 2009 increased to 49, compared with 39 in the previous year.
In light of the declining overall murder stats, this is particularly worrying. But what does it mean? Why would it be happening like this? Interestingly, the overall numbers of police officers dying in the line of duty has dropped.
"However, that bit of good news was overshadowed by an alarming surge in the number of officers killed by gunfire."
In 15 of the shooting deaths, which occurred during five incidents, a single assailant killed more than one officer, according to the report. The multiple-fatality shootings included the killings of four officers in Lakewood, Washington, on November 29.
"Multiple-fatality shootings" sure makes me think of assault weapons. Too bad we can't find a way to define them.
What's your opinion? The article goes on the say that the major killer of cops is the automobile. Do you think that has anything to do with the discussion about guns? Why do gun apologists keep bringing cars into it?
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