Thursday, May 5, 2011

Phoenix - Proud Past Venue of the NRA Convention

(Tirado on the left, Paz on the right)

An off-duty Buckeye police officer was shot and killed and another severely wounded during a shooting early Sunday morning while working a security detail at an event in Phoenix.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt.Tommy Thompson said Officer Rolando Tirado was killed when he was shot from behind by a suspect at a dance.

Officer Christopher Paz, who was working the event with Tirado, was wounded in an ensuing shootout and was in critical condition at a local hospital. Phoenix police said on Wednesday said that Paz is expected to survive.
What's the connection between this misery and the NRA Convention of 2009, you ask? Well the connection is the same one we see every single day, day in and day out. The gun-rights movement which is championed at the NRA Conventions is the prime mover behind preventing the kinds of gun control laws which could minimize gun violence. They don't want that, some because they simply don't want to be inconvenienced, others because they're so paranoid they fear the slippery slope which inevitably leads to total gun confiscation.

Whatever their motives, the folks who are responsible for the lack of proper gun control are also responsible for the results. They can't have one without the other.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. If every city that has gun violence before, during and after an NRA Convention was in town that was supposedly somehow caused by said convention of law abiding people, how do you explain cities like Chicago that, not only have never had a convention but also have strict gun control and are awash in gun violence?

  2. Well, let's see. All the illegally owned guns in Chicago started out the property of someone like you FWM. Every single one (except for a few zip-guns and other home-made pieces of crap). The last legal owner of each gun somehow allowed it to flow into the criminal world. That's exactly where the problem is and that's exactly where our intervention needs to be.