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GUNS Magazine April 2010 - Page 66
VIEWS NEWS AND REVIEWS RIGHTS WATCH • DAVID CODREA • SenSeleSS In Seattle y the time you read this, it will be yesterday’s news. Still, the murder of four police officers in a Pacific Northwest coffee shop by a felon with a history of violence is a lesson in how low some will stoop to put us all at the mercy of killers. That Maurice Clemmons was even on the streets is the first piece of the puzzle that makes no sense. He had earned himself five felonies in Arkansas (charges were reduced by then-Governor Mike Huckabee, allowing him to be released from his 108-year sentence) and eight in Washington state. He was out on bail at the time of the shootings, facing charges for assaulting a police officer and for child rape. If that isn’t outrageous enough, The News Tribune reports “Clemmons told friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s home in the Pacific that he planned to kill ‘cops, children at a school’ and ‘as many people as he could in an intersection.’” These lovely people not only did not report it or intervene, but The Los Angeles Times tells us “Hours after the man suspected of killing four Seattlearea police officers was shot to death… prosecutors said they had evidence that an extensive network of friends and relatives had helped the wounded fugitive evade a massive, two-day manhunt.” So how did The Times’ editorial-staff weigh in? Typically. Calling Seattle residents who had expressed concerns for defending themselves “crazy about guns,” their editorial went right into a self-righteous, judgmental attack dive. “It’s a typical American response to an all-too-typical American incident of gun violence. It is also a striking example of disconnect between our desire to feel safe and our insistence B FOREIGN The Greater Depression and Civil War 2 ENEMIES and traitors The third novel of the Enemies trilogy MATTHEW BRACKEN Author of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, and Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista Signed books for $22 each, S&H incl. Specify titles ordered. Steelcutter Publishing P.O. Box 65673 Orange Park FL 32065 on loose gun laws that make us less so. The murdered officers were armed, well trained in the use of their weapons and wearing bulletproof vests. It didn’t save them.” Their point appearing to be that guns are not 100-percent effective at defeating sneak attacks. Duh. As if anyone in the pro-rights camp ever suggested otherwise. Still, and left unacknowledged by The Times, it was a trained and prepared man with a gun who ended Clemmons’ murderous career. The Times’ solution, bearing all that we now know in mind? “That ‘gun-show loophole’ should have been closed years ago… Americans could stand to be less gun-crazy and more willing to stop crazy people from getting guns.” Yeah, that would stop a Maurice Clemmons, all right. Still, they give us a surprising concession. “Time will tell how the suspected shooter in Parkland got his weapon. If he stole it or acquired it from an accomplice, there are few gun laws that could have prevented the tragedy short of a blanket ban on handguns….” Well guess what? Per Gun Week editor and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, “Accused cop killer had a (surprise!) stolen handgun.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for The Times’ editorial staff to stop their blood dancing and point that inconvenient truth out. If things are senseless in Seattle, they’re positively loco in Los Angeles. Visit David Codrea’s online journal “The War on Guns” at waronguns.blogspot.com or visit DavidCodrea.com to read his Examiner column To read 100 pages of each book and for more ordering options, go to www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com 66 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • APRIL 2010