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“Good guys with guns”, part 901487034 July 10, 2016

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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People killed by police, 2016. 613 and counting.

Alton Sterling is the 114th black man on the list who died, and the 596th person shot overall.

Police violence works with tasers, too. “He then tases Bryce for 23 seconds, handcuffs him, drags the boy’s body behind the car, and deliberately drops him face first onto the asphalt road. Runnels may not have known it at the time, but Bryce was going into cardiac arrest. When the loud thud of the drop boomed throughout the courtroom, gasps echoed out.” (Pay particular attention to the thought processes of the victim’s father — also a cop.)

“If a shooter’s permit status doesn’t get mentioned in media reports, we usually don’t know it. But at any rate, it’s clear that since 2007, among cases we can document, concealed carry permit holders have been responsible for 29 mass shootings.

“The step-daughter of a high-ranking Florida police official was fatally shot [in January] after the woman’s mother mistook her for an intruder at the family’s St. Cloud home.” Gosh, they sure are lucky there was a “good guy with a gun” around to…oh wait.

“William Brumby, 64, was shooting a handgun Sunday afternoon at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota when […] Brumby inadvertently pointed the gun behind him and accidentally fired, striking his 14-year-old son, Stephen Brumby.” GET A NEW HOBBY. Maybe if you’d gotten one last year or last month or last week, your child would still be alive.

When people tell you “no, really, black people can be as respectful and law-abiding as humanly possible and still be in danger of getting killed by the police,” believe them. Maryland cop Jacai Coulson was deliberately shot by a fellow officer, who mistook him for a suspect.

“After years of tiptoeing around the topic of gun control, AMA leaders voted to officially call gun violence a public health issue — and respond accordingly. That means flexing the organization’s powerful political muscle on Capitol Hill to refocus federal funds toward studying gun violence.” Oh please, oh please, let’s fund some research on this.

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