LAX Shooting -the Day America Civil War began…

UPDATE: Gerardo Hernandez, who would have turned 40 next week. He is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty. While I greatly despise the TSA.  It is good remember that those working are really just average Joe’s.  The policies are set in DC. That is where we need to enact change. VOTE ‘EM OUT!!!!

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LAX Shooting, the TSA, and broken security….that was the original title upon hearing about the shooting. I wrote the entirety of the article below the link based on that topic. But part of me wondered, was this shooting directed at the TSA itself?  Was this the first person to say that they were willing to give up their life to stand up against the TSA/NSA/etc.

We didn’t know…

But the latest report is that the shooter went around asking “”Hey, are you TSA?” and — if a person answered “no” — he would move on, according to the official”. 

If true, this wasn’t a mad man nor was this a terrorist (he wasn’t attacking civilians). This was out and out rebellion against the government.   I wager the NSA had just as much influence in the shooter’s decision, they likely just found the TSA a much more available target. Today most American’s may not realize it. But this may date, 11-1, may be more monumental that 9-11. What, I’m crazy you say….how could a couple of TSA agents being shot equate to the worst attack in modern history on America? Can’t I see the Twin Towers are gone, GONE!!!

Yes, but one needs to remember history.  Powder kegs are often preceded by several matches.  When did the American revolution begin? Did it begin on July 4, 1776?  Did it begin in December 16, 1773 at the Boston Tea Party?  Or did it begin March 5, 1770 when Crispus Attucks was killed at the Boston Massacre?

What becomes the measuring point?   Is it when one man stands in opposition? 10?  100?

We can debate the morality of this shooting.  But I do not look at this event as an act of terrorism, nor some deranged lunatic. Had it been those, the targets would have been anyone near by. This was an act of war, declared by one individual against a government which is increasingly becoming invasive and tyrannical. 

And that is why, some ways, today, 11-1 is scarier than 9-11. My point is THIS shooting is DIFFERENT

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THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE SHOOTER WAS SPECIFICALLY TARGETING THE TSA

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/01/us/lax-gunfire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
 
The CNN report is that the shooter drew an assault rifle from out of a bag and began to fire. The result is one TSA officer killed, and two individuals injured. (Are the other injuries TSA officers as well or just civilians? The reason I ask is because it could point to a motive.)
 
Having just flown from the West to the East Coast on Wednesday. This stirs up a lot of feelings.  First off, while a tragedy. TSA is security, that is who WE WANT to have be killed in these type of situations. So in thise case, it appears at least one TSA officer did their job.
 
That said, it does show just how ineffective security at airports really is.  First off, TSA has always been “responsive” rather than “proactive”.  Considering that there are almost no two terrorist attacks that are the same, this seems to pose a significant failing.
 
Second, most of the policies are focused on reaction, and usually with little intelligence or insight.  We have to take off our shoes because Mr Reid tried to blow his up. By this same logic, why do we not have to take off our underwear after the Underwear bomber’s attempt?
 
It pretty much confirms that the checks imposed upon us by the TSA are mainly security theater. They give the perception of safety and effectiveness but really do not accomplish much.
 
 
The article states
 
“A gunman concealing an assault rifle walked up to a Los Angeles International Airport checkpoint and opened fire on a TSA agent Friday morning”
 
If this is the case, it almost appears that TSA itself was the intended target. And having seen some of the videos of TSA abuse, I wonder if we are going to identify this individual as one of the victims of TSA abuse. And suddenly have a case where not a single camera in the area will have the video of the prior incident.
 
 
Is this incident part of a brewing backlash against the TSA?
 
I don’t know…

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Published in: on November 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Rape and murder us all!”

File under News you’ll never see on CNN. Why? Because an armed citizen saved 10 lives.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/19365762/detail.html
(video can be found at the above link)

H/T to Of Arms and the Law

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College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader

Posted: 4:53 pm EDT May 4, 2009Updated: 6:41 pm EDT May 4, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.

“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.

TOM JONES: College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

A neighbor heard the shots and heard someone running nearby.

“And I heard someone say, ‘Someone help me. Call the police. Somebody call the police,’” said a neighbor.

The neighbor said she believes it was Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away.

Bailey said he is just thankful one student risked his life to keep others alive.

“I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed,” said Bailey.

One female student was shot several times during the crossfire. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said they are close to making the arrest of the second suspect.

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Oakland BART Shooting

If you haven’t heard already, there was a recent shooting in Oakland involving a BART (metro service) law enforcement officer.  The situation is essentially as follows.  A fight or disruption occurred on a metro train. Several men were removed from the train. Most were lined up against a wall.  Some minor resistance was offered by a few of the men.  Later we see one of the men flat on the ground handcuffed.  One officer is on his back and a second has his knee over the man’s neck. Minimal resistance is occurring. When all of a sudden the officer on the back stands up, draws a sidearm and shoots the man in the back killing the man.

This was caught on video. You can see the video here, it’s about 2 minutes into it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKy-WSZMklc

There has been much protest over this incident. And I believe I read somewhere that the lawyer for the officer in question has turned in his resignation.  Rarely do I side against officers in their duty. But in this case, I believe this officer should be charged with manslaughter.  The victim was prone, the video shows him cuffed and held down. He was not thrashing about when the officer shot him in the back.

Now a rumor has been circulating that the officer in question had intended to taser the man. And my first reaction was, how in the world could the officer confuse the two.

I mean, most taser’s I have seen look like this:

However, a little googling revealed that many police officers wield a taser that looks like this.

Now this to me is a clear problem. The above police taser looks as if it’s modeled after a Glock (or other polymer) pistol. Now I can see how if one just instinctually drew and fired what one thought was to be a taser that there is the opportunity for confusion.

The shooter was a new police officer with 2 yrs on the force from what media reports made it sounds like.  And while I do think this incident requires “manslaughter” charges. I do believe that there may be some training and equipment issues to mitigate the sentencing of that charge, if the officer indeed intended to merely taser the victim..

I am of the opinion that the present police style of tasers is ultimately a poor design and should be eliminated. I would recommend a different grip. So as to deliberately distinguish the two arms.  Instead of a pistol style with grip on the bottom and long barrel protrusion. I think a full handle design would be better in the shape of a “D” with the launcher being on the front. This would make it much easier for the hands to instinctually distinguish between the two.

Please pray for both the family of the victim and the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting.

More info on the BART shooting.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/08/BART.shooting/index.html

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York/Harrisburg “Target shooting for 2nd Amendment Rights”

MeetUp.com has a new “Harrisburg Right to Bear Arms” which is organizing a target shoot at the West Shore Sportsmen Association this Sunday @2:00pm.

566 Ridge Road
Fairview Township, PA 17339
(717) 932-2780

More Info…
http://www.meetup.com/Harrisburg-Right-to-Bear-Arms/calendar/9061101/

Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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