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Mt. Rainier Shooting

Rummell note that some are Cashing In on shooting of a park ranger in Mt. Rainier National Park:

What really got my fur up was this quote from the news article linked to earlier.

It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.

Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks. He called Sunday’s fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today’s political climate.

So a disturbed young man who willfully gunned down four people in the city, someone who fired upon park rangers and killed one in order to make a mad dash into the woods, would have refused to enter the park if there was a law against bringing firearms there?

Why don’t they just allow guns in national parks but make shooting park rangers illegal?

Also, from a CNN story on the incident:

The suspect “pulled up, did a U-turn, jumped out and fired on the two ranger vehicles and shot them through their vehicles,” according to Bacher. Camiccia was not hit, but Anderson was shot in her vehicle. Anderson apparently did not have a chance to draw her weapon.

“If I was sitting in that car or anyone here, we would be dead. There’s nothing she could have done,” said Troyer, from the Pierce County sheriff’s department. “That guy had something … high-powered enough that, from any amount of distance, nobody is going to win that gunfight.”

I wonder what’s behind that “…” in “something … high-powered”? And if anyone is surprised that a gun can shoot through a car. Without knowing what editing was done, it’s hard to tell what the sheriff was really saying about “high-powered” weapons.

Meanwhile, a link from the CNN story’s page: Cops: Babysitter chops up girl, 9, w/hacksaw, Hides head in freezer.

I haven’t watched the video of the story, but I wonder if people are calling for hacksaw control.

(No, I don’t…)

Condolences to the family of the ranger. She was just doing her job.

Comments

  • Mike says:

    You should check out the Seattle Times and the story comments. Seattle might be a beautiful city, but the liberal loonies abound.

  • Alex says:

    I’m from Virginia, and the recent shooting of a police officer on Virginia Tech campus somehow generated similar responses. Some people are able to believe that a criminal willing to commit murder is going to follow laws about where he can legally possess a weapon. I’m sure he will wear a seat belt and obey the speed limit on the way to murder someone as well.

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