Saturday, February 16, 2008

Any Opportunity to Push an Agenda

A Lawyer’s Lifesaving Decision: ‘I’m Not Going to Sit Here and Let Him Execute Me’ | ABA Journal - Law News Now

The online version of the American Bar Association Journal posted this interview of the city attorney who escaped a shooter's rampage at a city council meeting by throwing metal chairs at the killer and then fleeing. The comments turn into a firefight between those who contend every citizen should be armed and those who disagree. Which doesn't make much sense to me, since the interviewee escaped without using a firearm. But advocates on either side of this debate seize on any story about a public mass shooting to assert their agendas.

If the city council had been armed, could they have stopped this rampage? We'll never know -- although the shooter's first victim was an armed police officer. (The shooter took the officer's weapon and used it on his other victims.) And he shot another police officer inside the council chambers.

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