Every person here who obstructs law regulation which would keep guns out of the hands of people like this, who would use firearms to kill other people shares in the moral guilt for this man's death, and for all the other deaths and injuries that we could avoid and prevent by greater gun restrictions.
For every one of you who believes that so long as YOU have a firearm, YOU could use it to stop a bad guy - this was a trained and experienced law enforcement officer, responding to a situation where there was a known, reported threat in a situation where shots were fired prior to his being wounded. All of you believe you would somehow miraculously kill the bad guy, and be heroes, not believing you would be wounded or killed, or that you would ever kill or injure the wrong person or persons. You live in a world of gun fantasies. This is the reality; you are not better, stronger, smarter, faster, as well trained, or more omniscient than this officer. You will not make any crisis situation with a firearm better, ever. But you could very easily make such a situation worse, with your lunatic gun fantasies.
From MSNBC.com, and the AP
Minnesota officer dies 11 days after being shot in head
Suspect was found dead in home after daylong standoff with Lake City police
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Lake City, Minn., police officer died Friday night, 11 days after he was critically wounded by a gunshot while answering a domestic disturbance call, the Mayo Clinic said.The family of Officer Shawn Schneider, 32, thanked "everyone for their overwhelming support and well wishes during this difficult time," the hospital said.
Schneider was shot in the head on Dec. 19, NBC station KARE reported.
After a daylong standoff with the suspected shooter, Alan John Sylte Jr., officers found the 25-year-old dead inside the home. He had taken his own life, police said.
A 17-year-old girl who escaped from the house told police she had broken up with Sylte the previous week. Court documents say Sylte sent the girl 282 messages over the weekend before fighting with her at her family's house in Lake City the day of the shooting.
A Wisconsin National Guard spokeswoman said Sylte, from Hager City, Wis., was an Iraq war veteran who was in the process of being discharged from the guard for failing to report to duty.
Schneider had been transported to the Mayo Clinic's St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where he remained in critical condition until Friday night, KARE said.
Schneider, a nine-year veteran of the Lake City police department, leaves behind a wife and three young children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.