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A young Navy veteran, who was almost finished with his Arizona Department of Public Safety (state patrol) field training, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. He reportedly died at the hands of a mentally ill man who grabbed the training officer’s service weapon. The officers put their own lives at risk, to close with and secure a young, black, male pedestrian, who was reportedly wandering on and off of I-10.
The first officer to respond to the report of a pedestrian on the interstate immediately called for backup. The backup unit was Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who had just graduated from the academy, and his training officer, Trooper Sean Rodecap. In the struggle, the 20-year-old pedestrian apparently grabbed Trooper Rodecap’s weapon, wounding the initial responding officer and fatally shooting Trooper Edenhofer.
“Today is evidence of the violent nature of policing in our nation,” [Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank] Milstead told reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s also evidence that just because somebody is unarmed doesn’t mean they won’t become armed and harm somebody.”
A video showing an armed plainclothes Brazilian police woman fighting back against an armed attacked has gone viral and is popping up all over my social media feed. My friend John Corriea breaks down the video from a tactical perspective on his YouTube channel, but caution: There is no blood shown, however, someone does wind up assuming room temperature. The video itself and how’s it’s gone viral, though, have some interesting implications for the larger efforts to fight back against gun control and keep and expand our right to self-defense.
One of the methods currently used by those opposed to the right of self defense is the proven strategy of making guns “uncool,” and holding gun manufacturers liable for their misuse, which is essentially the same methods used against the tobacco companies to limit the use of their products.
One of the examples of this strategy in the fight against private ownership of guns is the efforts to repeal the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, (PLCAA) which shields firearms manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits designed to drive them out of business, such as the lawsuit brought against online ammo seller Lucky Gunner by the parents of a victim of the Aurora theater shooter, implying somehow that Lucky Gunner was liable because they somehow knew beforehand that their ammo was going to used in such a horrific manner. Due in part to the PLCAA, the suit was dismissed by Judge Richard P. Matsch, who also order the plaintiffs to pay a healthy chunk of Lucky Gunner’s legal fees (which Lucky Gunner later earmarked for use by gun rights organizations (*sniff*… I love a happy ending…).*
Grant Cunningham, who’s one of the most-respected firearms trainers out there today, had an interesting post last month about what really keeps us safe:
With such limited application, there is no way the gun can really keep you safe — it’s all the other stuff you do that keeps you safe; the gun simply gives you a way out when things go horrendously bad. The gun has often been compared to a fire extinguisher: does a fire extinguisher prevent fires? Of course not. It’s just a tool to allow immediate response in case one breaks out.
Preventing fires in and around your residence is pretty easy. We all recognize the iconic image of Smokey the Bear and his message about putting out campfires and we know not to let our kids play with matches. When my oldest was in Boy Scouts, we drew up a fire escape plan for our house, and then we — out of all the families in the pack — also drew up a home invasion plan that laid out where our safe room was and what he and the rest of the family should do if a there was a “bad guy” (Or guys. Or gals.) in the house.
When Washington State and Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, many worried that the decision would lead to mayhem on the Evergreen and Centennial states’ roadways.
The good thing about experimentation, however, is that you get results. As the adviser to Washington’s state-appointed board overseeing the implementation put it, the repeals offer a chance for the nation to learn about the effects of legalization:
If Washington does this right, we’ll learn something. If they do it in some sensible way and it crashes and burns—the system doesn’t work at all, we get a massive increase in use by minors, carnage on our highways—then we’ve also learned something about the cannabis-legalization experiment that the next person might learn from.