Friday, August 24, 2012

Making a Mass Shooting.

So here's the story. (Which is subject to change as information comes in as the media's lazy or knowing biases and simple lack of reliable info are sorted out). We'll start with the AP.

It looks like a former fashion designer (or related in the field) killed his ex boss at the Empire State building. Then the "mass" shooting happened after the revenge killing, walked away, and was confronted by the police. He pulled out his gun (what looks to be a 1911), then the police shot him dead.

From the NY Times.

Detectives believe that Mr. Johnson had fired five shots at Mr. Ercolino and may have fired one shot at the police officers, the official said. There were two bullets left in the eight-round magazine of his gun so only one shot – the one apparently fired at the officers -- could have possibly hit one of the nine bystanders, the official said.

A man fires at most two rounds at the cops (he could have topped off his magazine after cambering the gun) the cops fire back and 9 more people get injured.

And some sources say he did not even fire his weapon at the police. That's not to say the police would not be justified in defending themselves. You point a gun at someone they can safely assume you want to kill them. That said, the cops are responsible for where their bullets went.

Either way, do the math on wounded victims versus bullets fired by the perp. Thankfully their injuries were minor, but apparently major enough to qualify as a "mass shooting".

And a textbook Only Ones preening: "There is no doubt that the situation would've been even more tragic except for the extraordinary acts of heroism . . "

Possible, though given the man had a specific target for vengeance. Killed said target, then retreated only to be corned by the police... who then proceed to hurt a bunch of people due to their sloppy shooting...

But remember, only police should have guns. As BenC notes in GBC chat: "They have to try to sell them as heroes. Otherwise they are the assholes who opened up into a crowd."

This is why a single murder is being spun into a "mass shooting".

Also this shows the insanity of a "high cap" magazine restriction. As the man already had a sub ten round round magazines, only fired 5 shots into his victim (hello revolver), and fired one shot at the police (hello flintlock).

Hell, he didn't even need a gun. You can kill a man with a knife easy, and if you draw it at the cops, they will shoot you. As mentioned in the AP article about the shooting too.

The gunfire came less than two weeks after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police near Times Square, another tourist-saturated part of the city. Authorities say police shot 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy after he lunged at officers with a kitchen knife Aug. 12. Kennedy was smoking marijuana in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon when officers first approached, police said. It was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven crowded blocks.

But there's two more reasons for the "mass shooting" label. First it happened Empire State Building, New York City. That's catnip for the media mavens and types.

They'll ignore murders and shootings when it doesn't suit them. Like in, another gun free city, Chicago.

Nineteen people were shot in attacks across the South and West sides between about 5:20 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday - including 13 people during a single 30-minute period - according to the Chicago Police Department.

But that doesn't fire up celebrities on twitter does it?

Which brings me to the third reason this story is being pushed out. The antis are trying to make a parade of mass shootings, one after the other.

Details regarding this morning’s tragic Empire State Building shooting are still emerging. The blood isn’t even dry, but as always, that’s not stopping the opportunistic gun control ghouls like Mayor Bloomberg from politicizing the shooting.

A 41-year-old is dead, several more people are injured, and shameless Smarter Than You™ celebrities are more than happy to build their gun-grabbing case on the backs of the victims. As Twitchy already reported, Kim Kardashian is calling for Americans to “rethink gun laws.” And actor Jim Carrey wants to “revise” the Second Amendment.

The CSGV is already calling it a mass shooting apparently.

Nevermind that if the news reporting is remotely accurate that means they think any shooting where a person kills another person and fires at least five rounds counts as a "mass" shooting.

Nevermind that in NYC the only people that can legally own let alone carry a handgun are agents of the state and the well heeled and famous like -well- Carrey and Kardashian.

Nevermind that New York already has an assault weapons ban, and has "closed the gunshow loophole" and is run by "common sense" politicians. Hell the head of MAIG is Bloomberg.

Nevermind that it's looking like the police themselves that turned this from a single murder into a "mass shooting".

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