This is a discussion on D.C. Officer Shooting within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=1066079 If the shooter in this case had been a civilian, that individual would be arrested and charged with violating Washington D.C.'s gun laws. The ...
If the shooter in this case had been a civilian, that individual would be arrested and charged with violating Washington D.C.'s gun laws. The message is clear: Only the Police, in our Nations Capitol, can effectively defend their life and property from the thugs who roam freely without facing criminal charges.
Not only that but too get away with shooting a retreating BG and doing so over property.
Roughly 3 yrs. ago a guy in MD (PG County), a civilian, did exactly this and he was sent to prison for IIRC 5 yrs.
Ahhhh, D.C. You can smell it from here. Can't vote. Can't defend one's self. Can't hardly get out alive. Can't see the draw of the place.
LEO facing two thugs attempting robbery: can defend using lethal force. Commendation from the commandant. Barely a whisper in the papers.
Off-duty LEO facing two thugs attempting robbery: can defend using lethal force. Commendation from the commandant. Barely a whisper in the papers.
Citizen facing two thugs attempting robbery: can defend using lethal force, but then must bow down to the courts either voluntarily or forcibly, copping 3-5yrs at a minimum ... not for the self-defense action, but for the effrontery of carrying a weapon to defend one's life. Vilified by the news, held up as a criminal. Alive and well, but screwed by turncoat politicians and local news.
Politician in same situation: can't imagine he/she would be strung up by the toes, despite the same "effrontery" and scoff-law position, in defense of life. But that's just a guess.
It's confusing. Got to love "equal protection" under the law. They should rename it (D.C.) Schumersville or Pelosi Corners and change the color of the White House and the Senate fascades from white to yellow ... to minimize confusion.
Pelosi corners. I like that. I wonder what she carries.
Was it legal for the cop to have the gun? The cop shot the BG in the BUTT. it sounds like the BG was running away. Is that legal??Did the bad guys have a gun?? If it were you or me we would be in jail and charged. If it was a ever day civilian he would be beat up or worse dead and the thugs would live to rob another day. I guess the news paper must not reconize news or else they don't want to cross the wrong people. Something STINKS.
Last edited by Tom G; February 19th, 2007 at 08:15 AM. Reason: SPELLING
In DC as a citizen one _cannot_ use deadly force to defend onesself with a firearm as firearms are banned but for a very small minority of persons, who happened to still be hangingon to pistold they bought prior to the ban in '76 (!). As well even as a CCW law is on the books, technically, there is zero practical way for anyone but infamously the Governor of MS to secure one.
"Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200." - Milton Bradley
I understand that. Hence the comments re the insanity.