THAT is NOT free. THAT is not the right we all have to be safe, including to be safe from nuts and people who don't recognize they're nuts, with guns. Everyone's rights end at the next person's nose, so to speak. Bullets from guns routinely violate that right, that boundary, that freedom.
Gun nuts don't have a good comeback for that, so they blatther inane platitudes in place of facts.
This is the reality, this is the kind of fact they have to avoid. But they cannot distance themselves far enough to separate their connection as pro-shooting pro-gun nuts from events like this, particularly when they so strenously insist that these shootings which frequently COULD be prevented by stricter gun laws and enforcement SHOULD NOT be prevented. Better to have people put at risk, better to have people killed, than for one of them to be impeded from their obssessive fetish objects.
Shame on the gun nuts; they deserve our contempt and condemnation for obstructing reasonable gun regulation that could help prevent these occurrences. Thank god no one else was killed, but it is still a tragedy that a member of law enforcement was injured by the gunfire.
From, NBC news and the AP, by way of MSNBC.com:
Guard kills gunman at NY courthouse
Steve Borland / Times Herald-Record via APPolice and medical personnel respond to the scene of the shooting in Middletown, N.Y., on Wednesday.By NBC News and news services
Authorities say a 43-year-old man has died after being wounded by officers during a gunfight at an upstate New York courthouse on Wednesday. A court officer was wounded.
The gunman was identified as Tim Mulqueen, a former Middletown landlord with a grudge against Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano, NBCNewYork.com reported.
Court records show Mulqueen had a pending case involving menacing and other charges after an encounter with DeStefano's daughter at the mayor's home last August.
The mayor's office did not immediately comment.One man told NBCNewYork.com that he was arriving at the courthouse just as the shooting began."I hear a 'boom, boom, boom,' and I stopped myself," he said. "I'm thinking 'Wow, what's going on?' I saw a bunch of people tripping over each other to get out."Another witness said "everybody hit the floor" when the gunfire began.Middletown police say the gunman went to the vestibule at City Court at about 9 a.m. Wednesday and fired at the security officers. They returned fire, hitting him at least once.
The officer's injuries were not life-threatening, police told NBCNewYork.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.