More training needs to be applied. This is happening all over the country. The law officers panicked. How many times was the subject shot? Really? True, it was stupid for the kid to have the repl. gun, but to die for it? Shame on the Sonoma Co. sheriff dept.
Opens up my eyes.
Trigger happy thugs, the whole lot. The cops have immunity, so nothing will happen. Free to murder again. Abolish ALL immunity laws and this will stop.
Citizens rise up against immunity laws!!!
Jake Bauer makes good points. I did the same "army play" when I was a kid. There is also the argument that the kid or anyone might be deaf or speak a foreign language. But, the real tragedy of this is that the kid died to what appears to be poorly planned rules of engagement. And for those who say you can't walk down the street with a gun... wrong. I target shoot and hunt from time to time. And, from time to time my weapons need to be worked on. Some times I carry the weapon, with the muzzle pointing in a safe direction. (the muzzle for the few of you who don't seem to know anything about weapons is where the bullet comes out at high speed). Carrying my rifle two blocks down the street because I couldn't get a parking place in front of the gunsmiths shop is perfectly legal as long as its unloaded and/or cased and locked. And, like Jake I was in the military and trained over and over again... do not fire unless fired upon. Having someone point the muzzle of a gun at you is pants wetting scary but... if you're in the military or the police... it comes with the job. Shot first puts you in as much jeopardy as the person carrying the weapon. OH... and the gunsmith doesn't want his shop cluttered up with my gun cases so when I take them in the neighbors can see the gun... and tell its pointed in a safe direction. These cops overreacted and reacted far to quickly.
Actually a real AK47 is illegal in California where this occurred, the officers were correct to stop and determine if there was an issue to be addressed. I'm sure California will now ban look-a-likes also, and honestly, if they are going to ban the real thing, then to keep this from occurring, they should.
This was NOT a "toy" gun. Obviously, since toy guns all have bright orange on them. This was made to be a replica - in other words, it was made to look exactly like the real thing (it probably even has a detachable magazine). There's no way to tell it's not the real thing unless you can actually inspect the mechanisms within it, which obviously the cops couldn't do without touching it.
The boy's parents are to blame. They didn't teach their 13 year-old not to go around holding replica assault rifles while walking down the street. It was an idiot move. And before anyone says 'but he was only 13!', there's a 14 year old being charged as an adult for the murder of his math teacher, and I doubt that most of you think he's just an adorable little child who didn't know any better. His father says the last time he saw his son was Tuesday morning (notice, it's Wednesday), and who knows where his mother was. Why the heck was this kid allowed to carry around a replica AK 47? Where were the adults in his life who should be watching over their 13 year old?
It's not the police's fault - it's stupid to say that police (or military) should have to wait until being fired on - if anyone did that, they would greatly increase their chances of being killed. It's not a fist fight - a bullet hits you, and you're likely to die. And sorry, Jake Bauer, but since when did the military ever wait to be fired on first? If that was policy, then exactly how was there a civil war? Each side would've just looked at one another because each would've been waiting for the other to fire first. More recently, were drones fired on first? Get off it.
It's still leagal in the US to carry a gun (for now), unless they had reason to believe he was causing trouble, they should of left him alone.
The next time a cop gets shot in the face for 'no reason' remember this and all the other incidents where these jerks abuse their authority.
It's not illegal to have a rifle. It IS illegal to murder someone. Execute these buttholes.
The article doesn't make it entirely clear just WHERE the youngster was when ordered to drop the 'weapon'. Certainly kids play with toy guns, that's what they are made for. But where was this youngster at the time and what was he doing? People are, understandably, alarmed and frightened when they see anyone carrying something that looks even remotely like a weapon. In a world where middle school kids kill people that's not unreasonable. Perhaps, in today's world, letting kids HAVE such toys is no longer reasonable.
I think that the officers/police need to adopt the policy from the military , Do not fire unless fired upon, this will designate who is an enemy 100%. I can tell from the picture that this a toy gun. If you ever held an AK47 you know this is a bulky heavy weapon and not easily carried. The officer missed diagnosed the situation because he was not trained properly.
I feel for the parents for their lose, I played with toy guns all the time never did I have an issue with cops or any law enforcement over it.
This officer now has to live with knowing he gunned downed a child because he couldn't tell a toy from the real thing.
I like self-checkout and the newly redesigned Novato library entrance, with the new books right at the front. They've even removed the anti-theft sensors, so the whole process is very friendly -- like they trust you and they aren't too worried about people stealing information :-)
Sure, the 21st century takes some getting used to. But Kate should get a dog if she wants a friend. Librarians are too valuable to waste checking out books. They are available and happy to help, based on my recent visit.
Let's get real: there is not an infinite amount of money available for libraries, so automation is a good thing. And the Novato library is a beautiful place right next to a park and a bakery, so be happy, eh?
At Heritage Public House in Santa Rosa, we have found this as a good resource to offer fresh locally farmed products at our gastropub to local consumers while helping the farmers as well. It's a win for all concerned .
A wonderful idea!
welcome to a new philosophy:
NRA rednecks will rant about their 2nd amendment rights UNTIL it applies to minorities, then they wetting their overalls in fear!!
"In the turbulent 1960s, the bodacious Panthers advocated *ARMED SELF-DEFENSE*, fed the hungry and taught the illiterate".
"Stock up on ammo" is a poor response to a group who put their money where their mouth is in fighting inequity and helped the least fortunate in our communities!
My father was S.F.P.D., U.S. Department of the Treasury, "A.T. and F. and later I.R.S...Do not involve yourself in any interstate mailings involving funds of "ponzi nature.".......It will take you to the Federal system faster than you can spit...
Great article, thank you!
Criminal actions by local residents who don't need to get to Eureka.....Law enforcement was present and gave orders..."Stay out." ..No vigilante groups shall shut down Union work........It is against the law...Do not trespass......They may "Oak tree " for stepping on their job site...Use common sense. Stay out of their domain.........You maybe looking for another local heaven but Willits "Little Valley" is not it.....
Five acres of land with Redwoods does not pay the bills.....But income from five acres of great grapes will pay the bills....$100 K dollars..per year...
How did he get hurt? Did he let you walk with his crutches? Was it fun?
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