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The NMSP officer who fired at the van that is. Fired today 12-6-13.
How's that presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt working out for us? Maybe it isn't better to let 10 guilty men go free to punish one innocent man? Maybe beyond a reasonable doubt is unreasonable?
There are 8 million people legally carrying concealed guns in the USA! How many of them are like Z-man? He is dangerously stupid and should not own any guns at all.
She's way too hot for him BTW! Maybe she set him up as payback for TM? If so, good job!
I understand both sides of this mess, and both sides are a mess! The police did not have to break the door glass; they could have boxed her in and waited her out. Shooting at a van full of kids, even just the tires, is a very bad idea. While she may have started the child abuse ball rolling, they knocked it out of the park! They did use excessive force, but no force at all would have been necessary if she had cooperated from the start. Why did she leave the scene of the first stop? Might be an honest mistake on her part, but it's reasonable for the cops to be suspicious after that, and gives them probable cause to search the vehicle at the second stop. He could have explained that, but he doesn't have to. Why did she refuse multiple times to leave the vehicle at the second stop? I can understand why she might be afraid, can she understand why that makes him more suspicious? That gives him reason to arrest her. He doesn't have to, but it's not unreasonable at this point. Why did she resist arrest? Don't ague w the cop on the scene, argue w the judge in court; it's safer for everybody. The judge may have dismissed all but the original ticket then. That's less likely now. They made the more serious mistakes, but she is not blameless. If she had not resisted, her son would not have assaulted a cop. If her son had not assaulted a cop, they would not have broken the glass. If they had not broken the glass, she would not have driven away again so recklessly and at speeds that endangered her kids as much as the gunfire. The only reason we are not talking about dead kids here is everybody, her and the cops, got lucky.
Most of the people who own guns, and most NRA members, like me, know you have to have some reasonable gun control/regulation, and do not consider it an infringement of their rights.
The 2A has not aged well. It was a better idea in 1789 than it is today. Modern arms have altered the benefit in securing a free state v the risk to public safety quite a bit. You could not walk into a tavern and shoot 30 people w/o reloading then, you can now.
The 2A needs to be mended, not ended. Heller was a step in that direction. OTOH, if we can't mend it, I would support ending it.
How do/did people rip off Walmart with EBT cards? I just don't know if you were referring to something that actually happened or happens, or just generally equating people who use food stamps as criminals ... In the latter case, it would seem that government / taxpayers would be the victim, not Wal Mart. Personal disclosure: I'm a bigger fan of food stamps than Wal Mart, but I'm not looking to argue a point, just curious what you mean.
Was referring to the incident where folks ran amok in Wal Mart when the EBT system broke down and they had no limit on the cards. Nothing against the food stamp program or people on it at all. Lots of military families use "food stamps".
Desperate people do desperate things. Desperate Somalis have no access to EBT cards, Wal Mart, and no cops, but they do have access to boats and guns.
Well, imagine if all those people who ripped off Walmart w their EBT cards didn't have EBT cards, but they did have a boat and some guns and there were no cops around at all...
Hank's best scene in the movie is fiction; never happened.
The company is being sued by the crew because Captain Philips refused a request to change course after being warned of pirates on their route.
The three dead pirates had 19 gunshot wounds total, not three.
$30K in company cash the captain gave the pirates went missing from the lifeboat after the rescue; NCIS never solved that case.
The big drop in hijackings the last 2 years is partly due to the increased use of armed security teams on ships. The US govt even said it was the best counter measure to take. No ship w guards has ever been hijacked. When confronted, the pirates look for easier/softer targets.
See the WSJ article: 10/16/13 John-Clark Levin: Arming Captain Phillips
No ship with an armed security team aboard has been successfully pirated.
The US Navy's newest, biggest, baddest stealth destroyer is helmed by a guy named Kirk! How cool is that?
The Peasron/Mitchell case might be self defense, and it might not be, and we may never know beyond a reasonable doubt which is the case. The presumption of innocence is in Pearson's favor, as it should be. I think he went looking for trouble and found it, but I don't know if there is proof a crime was committed in doing that.
Might be worth it considering the millions of dollars he is going to get?