Thursday, February 3, 2011

Officer Involved Shootings

It's like an epidemic.
Miramar, FL - 2 dead, one cop wounded.

Wethersfield, CT - 1 dead, one cop shaken-up.

Gresham, OR - 1 dead.
Boynton Beach, FL - 1 dead.

Zumbrota, MN - 1 dead.

San Antonio, TX - 1 car thief escaped.

Fife, WA - 1 possibly wounded, tazed and arrested.

Glastonbury, CT - 1 wounded, one cop injured by car.

Amarillo, TX - 1 man critical after cops fired 40 shots.

All right, you get the idea.  I could continue, but that's certainly enough examples. 

What' s your opinion?  Do you think the cops sometimes shoot unnecessarliy? Do you think some of these incidents are really acts of aggression on the part of the police?

I do.  And I think the same, or more, applies to gun owners in general.  That's why the greatly exaggerated claims of the numbers of DGUs there are every year are even more ridiculous than meets the eye.  Some of them are not defensive at all.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. Well, looking at the multiple studies of defensive gun uses by regular citizens (not including police) and other statistics - in around 95% of the time, no shots are even fired and the attacker just runs away.

    Out of the hundreds of thousands (at minimum) number of estimated defensive gun uses, it's also extremely rare for the citizen to shoot and kill their attacker. There were around 200 justifiable homicides (self defense) with a firearm each year for the past few years.

    Now as far as the cops vs. criminals issue of all the police-involved shootings, I simply believe we have far more police officers than we should have. I believe police are the equivalent of the "standing army" that the founders feared, as James Madison wrote: "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."

    We also have far too many criminals. The solution to this problem is not more police, but to fix what's wrong with our society that creates all the criminals.