Friday, August 24, 2012

Manhattan Shooting: Some Basic Questions

Details are sketchy, but if it is correct that a man killed a former co-worker with a .45 pistol, then shot it out with police who killed him in the heart of New York City:

*  A .45 is a very heavy weapon. the .45 semi-automatic was originally a military sidearm. Why should police officers and civilians end up in its line of fire on crowded streets and sidewalks?

* The shooting took place in one of the most densely-populated spots in the world - - near the Empire State Building.  How long will it take for the pro-gun movement to say that the shootout would have been shorter or less harmful - - the shooter and his target are dead and at least a half-dozen other people injured - - if everyone had been carrying a gun and returned fire?

Near 34th and Fifth Ave!


Anonymous said...

It now looks like the injured bystanders were shot by the police. If anyone should be restricted in their use of firearms it looks like the cops should be at the top of the list.

If the cops were not on the scene, it looks like the only casualty would have been the shooters boss who fired him.

Reagan's Disciple said...

I wonder how this could have happened? New York has some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation.

(Based on the assumption he didn't have a CCW permit as they are not common and rarely issued in NY)

The shooter was either not aware that he was breaking the law, or surprise... he simply didn't care.

It is unfortunate that the boss who was killed did not even have an opportunity to defend himself without breaking the law and carrying illegally.

Thank you to Walker and our legislatures for affording this constitutional right to all WI citizens.

Max B said...

If you're carrying a concealed weapon and someone walks up and just shoots you, you'll probably be mortally wounded before you can pull out your own weapon to shoot back.

Reagan's Disciple said...


Probably, but the law in New York did not even give the guy a chance.

Which in your eyes is I guess, "probably" okay.