Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NRA bears much Responsibility for the recent Police Shootings

Dashcam footage from New Jersey of another Police Shooting of a suspect exiting his vehicle unarmed is now making the rounds. Last December 30th, Jerame Reid was a passenger in a vehicle. During a traffic stop by Bridgeton Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley, a gun was apparently located in the passenger side glove box by Officer Days who displayed good instincts, was alert and observent.

But then entering rapidly goes to shit. The next and final minute of Reid's life were a mix of rapid and contradictory commands leading him to exit the vehicle hands raised and after the gun had been confiscated by Officer Days. At which point the two Officers shot and killed him.

But, I'm not here to exercrate the Officers, but to point out why it is seemingly unarmed and cooperating men are getting gunned down.

While it's unequivocally true the Modern Police Department was created as a Social Control of the Working Class, immigrants and freed Slaves, the recent spate of shootings stems from the Reactionary Wayne LaPierre lead-NRA and their 35 year push to get guns everywhere and to allow gun violence to go unrestricted.

The Nation is awash in Guns. 300 million or more and those guns have a habit of "walking away" and ending up in the hands of criminals quite easily. Gun Nuts and their groups use every mass shooting to further weaken the anemic gun control laws left. And the Powerful Unrestricted Gun Violence Lobby has won 2 very important SCOTUS decisions as gotten hundreds of local ordinances eliminated.

Now that Illinois has passed Concealed Carry, every state in the Union has some version of CC and President Obama even loosened gun control regulations on Federal Parks and Lands.

Thus, Police Officers face the real threat that everyone they come in contact with and every vehicle they stop has a gun. Officers faced with this knowledge and sporting the maxim Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6, have ended up shooting many seemingly cooperative suspects.
But, those shootings have a counterpoint because Police Officers are receiving training and reviewing these incidents,
  • Oregon State Trooper is confronted and has a shoot-out with a former Army National Guardsman during traffic stop.
  • An Arlington Heights Officer shot by suspect during Domestic Violence call.
  • Cliven Bundy participants and Conservative Terrorists Jerad and Amanda Miller murder 2 Officers and another man during their Right-Wing Revolution.
  • And recently over at Green Eagle comes the story of a black Oklahoma Police Chief shot 4 times by a right-wing White Supremacist, who was wanted in connection to calling in false bomb threat reports. This last incident along with the Millers continues to show that Right-Wing Violence including murder and attempted murder of Police Officers is coddled and encouraged in the United States.
Because the iconic image from the ClivenBundyInsurrection is the NRA man ready to shoot LEOs:

The conservative commenters on the youtube videos for this incident call this a "good shoot". I wonder what training, what Use of Force, what readings/discussion of the 4th Amendment, what personal experience at drawing down on someone or shooting/being shot at they can reference in order to support their viewpoint and then I remember that the man killed was Black and it's ipso facto always a good shoot to conservatives when a Black man is shot.


ChickenHammer said...

The NRA has always been opposed to allowing felons to have firearms. You have achieved the anarchy you and so many other progressives have sought after for years. The only issue you have with it is that it's clear to at least 51% of the people who brought it to us.

Things will boil over and more people will realize how badly they were tricked by the left. The pendulum will slowly swing back past center and to the right. Progressives will find themselves as welcomed in society as Jane Fonda at a Vietnam Veterans gathering and they will have only their own naiveté to blame.

So suck it up buttercup because change is coming.

One Fly said...

So turkeypick says I am responsible for those people pulling the triggers and killing innocents. That includes as well people who carry badges as well who know what's happening in this country is wrong and say so.

Another exceptional position.

Grung_e_Gene said...

One Fly,
That's just Chickenhammer my own personal conservative stalker. He comes here to spew his right-wing baloney and work on his efforts to Doxx me in the hopes that my fellow Officers will frag me.

But, of course he's wrong about the NRA, they have fought tireselessly to undermine all Gun Laws.

Connecticut lawmakers, in March 2011, tried to ban the magazines used by the Newton Murderer. I wonder if that Law which the NRA, Firearm Makers and Gun Nuts fought visciously against may have helped some of the murdered children survive.

In 2011 Republicans, in direct opposition to the health and safety of their constituents, voted to put guns in the hands of Terrorists:

Republicans on the House Judiciary panel shot down a proposal Thursday to prevent weapon sales to suspected terrorists. In a party-line vote of 21-11, the committee Republicans killed an amendment from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) that would have blocked firearm purchases by those on the FBI's terrorist watch list.