Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lakewood Gunman Killed

The NY Times reports early this morning that Maurice Clemmons has been shot and killed.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The man suspected of gunning down four police officers in a suburban coffee shop was shot and killed by a lone patrolman investigating a stolen car early Tuesday. Four people were arrested for allegedly helping the suspect elude authorities during a massive two-day manhunt.

Here is the full story.

The man was a career criminal, sentenced years ago to 90 + years in prison.

Of course, he had his sentence commuted.

Last week, after more horrific charges, he was released on bail.

Does anyone in the court system anywhere use a computer? Does anyone have a brain?

The people who let this bastard trick out the system have blood on their hands.

I confess that this murder of four police officers has had a strong and awful effect on me.

The idea of a horrible crazy person walking into a cafe and assassinating four people is so utterly repugnant.

What can we do? What can we do?

Not much, I'm afraid.

But paying attention to who we have standing in front of us could be a start. For Governors and parole officers and bail bondsmen.

Cutting the gun lobby off at the knees might be another good move.

And for those who argue Do the Math, I say, No. You do the math.

PER CAPITA, Canada, unlike our neighbours, not a gun-nation, has relatively few deaths from gunfire.

We have, so far, a different culture.


Anonymous said...

David, I wonder how the people that let him out and free will rationalize their decision?
Why do violent offenders even need to be considered for parole or bail?

Thank God that the justice system allows so many criminals to re offend. Imagine the job loss if we stopped letting criminals out of jail

Anonymous said...

I don't know the hard statistics on gun deaths in both Canada and the US, however I know that there are different kinds of gun deaths.

If a criminal uses a gun to commit a crime where they discharge the weapon causing death or bodily harm - that is intentional use of a firearm to commit a crime.

There is also very tragic ACCIDENTAL deaths due to otherwise law abiding citizens having guns in their homes. The child who gets their hands on the gun and hurts themselves or others...the adult who owns a gun and has episodes of paranoia or delusions and hurts themselves or others...the gun owner who has such easy access to their weapon that they discharge it during a heated domestic dispute.

Then there is the false protection that having an easy to access gun in one's home gives. If I was in my living room and a crazed maniac entered my home ... would I have time to get my gun from my bedside table - probably not. Also, crazed maniacs generally show no fear and would probably simply remove the gun from my shaking hands as, with or without a gun, I would be terrified. This gun could then be used against me!!

Finally, if criminals know that there is a gun in the home, they might actually break into the home to obtain the gun! (Which would then be used in the commission of another crime).

Having excessive and easy access to guns probably increases gun crime and gun injury/deaths in relation to these crimes. However, there are also many injuries/deaths not related to criminal activity which occur with these guns.