Tensions are running high in Ferguson, MO where a police officer shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown a few days ago.
Reports about the incident vary. Police claim Brown attacked the yet-unidentified officer and tried to get his gun. Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson told CNN this was murder – plain and simple.
Still in his car, the officer then grabbed Brown by his neck, Johnson said. Brown tried to pull away, but the officer kept pulling Brown toward him, he said.
The officer drew his weapon, and “he said, ‘I’ll shoot you’ or ‘I’m going to shoot’ ” and almost instantaneously fired his weapon, hitting Brown, Johnson said.
Johnson and a bloodied Brown took off running, and Johnson hid behind the first car he saw, he said. The officer got out of his car.
“I saw the officer proceeding after my friend Big Mike with his gun drawn, and he fired a second shot and that struck my friend Big Mike,” Johnson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And at that time, he turned around with his hands up, beginning to tell the officer that he was unarmed and to tell him to stop shooting. But at that time, the officer firing several more shots into my friend, and he hit the ground and died.”
The story is absolutely heartbreaking, no matter whose version of the story you believe. What seems to be an indisputable fact is that Brown was unarmed, the officer was armed, and Brown is dead.
For those screaming “RACISM!” at the top of their lungs, because a white cop in a predominantly black community shot an unarmed individual, you have no way of knowing what was in that officer’s head at the time of the shooting. To blame what essentially is a state of mind for this young man’s death presupposes that we know what the officer was thinking at the time of the incident.
But here’s what we do know.
We know that an armed officer shot an unarmed guy.
We know that riots ensued in the aftermath of the shooting – riots that resulted in shots fired, tear gas and what seems to be requisite looting and destruction of property.
We know business owners armed with rifles – or what the media and the gun grabbers would hysterically call “assault weapons” – protected their property from the looting, savage hordes when police could do nothing to help.
And we know that police response was to send out armed-to-the-teeth personnel with semi-automatic rifles, batons, CS gas, and other goodies the gun grabbers don’t want us ordinary citizens to have to control the rioters.
So what have we learned?
We learned, that despite the claims of racism, and squeals of consternation about militarized police in Ferguson, gun grabbers still blame guns, and still think police should be the only ones to have them.
— Shaun Dakin (@IsCool) August 14, 2014
We learned that the “assault” weapons about which gun grabbers hyperventilate do have a legitimate civilian use, despite their best efforts to convince you that these bloody, military killing machines have no place in civilian hands.
And we learned that some unhinged, raging lunatics will use any tragedy to berate the evil gun industry. Because by selling tools of self defense to people who quite obviously need them, the evil gun industry is evil, because it’s making a profit… or something.