Long before the Mad Hatter, Charlton Heston,* lost his memory and his mind, the NRA had morphed from a group that my son and many other young people depended upon to learn how to use a shotgun safely when hunting, into a coldly sinister foe of cops like Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. Before you read any further take a look at the following photo.
Even though it will torch your soul, do not avert your eyes. The living, breathing, white woman who was cop, a mother, a wife, and a loving person who cared deeply about little black boys and girls, is dead. Her infant daughter will never know her. No abstraction. She is dead and gone.
Now, consider the fact that when this young officer and fellow officers got into the shootout, Mr. Wheeler, the fleeing felon, fired a Glock 9 mm handgun** with a 50 round drum magazine at the officers. See Transcript of Police Chief Todd Schmaderer’s remarks at Thursday press conference, Omaha.com Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:34 PM).
A drum magazine? What the hell is that?
Feast your eyes on this:
I don’t know whether the 50 round drum magazine made any difference at all. But I do know this, cops should never have to face add-on magazines of any capacity when attached to semi-automatic pistols. Don’t give me any BS about the Second Amendment. Don’t make the untrue and shopworn argument that “criminals will always have access to such magazines even if we ban them and therefore regular folks will be left defenseless.” That too is BS.
Pending in Congress is a bill to limit high-capacity magazines. Gabrielle Levy, Gun Control Advocates Try Again on Ammo Limits, US News and World Report (Feb. 6, 2015). Additionally, and more importantly, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has very recently held, among other things, that it is OK to ban “semiautomatic pistols, [with] the capacity to accept a magazine outside the pistol grip.” Friedman v. City of Highland Park, No. 14–3091, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 1883498 (7th Cir., April 27, 2015).
Apparently there are still a few sane people in this deeply troubled country.
*It is good to remember this too:
**The Omaha police do not use 9mm handguns. It is now clear that the dead officer died of bullet from Wheeler’s handgun. A bullet from a 9mm handgun went through her chest and lodged in the back of her ballistic vest. See Transcript of Police Chief Todd Schmaderer’s remarks at Thursday press conference, Omaha.com (Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:34 PM) and linked above.