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Handgun Violence Kills Three California Cops

March 22, 2009

UPDATE BREAKING NEWS: Fourth police officer dies after shooting in Oakland, Calif.

Handguns make the news again in a most shocking and wretched way.  Do we blink and move on to another story, or stop and ponder the source of the problem?

At least three police officers in Oakland, California, were shot and killed Saturday afternoon after a man pulled over for a routine traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building, police said.

The man, a 27-year-old Oakland resident, was later fatally shot in a shootout with a SWAT team in an apartment complex where he hid.

A fourth officer — also shot — remained in critical condition, police said at a late-night news conference.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office differed from police, saying four officers had died in the shootings.

Authorities discovered the alleged gunman, 27-year-old LaVelle Mixon, had an extensive criminal history. At the time of the shooting, he was in violation of parole for assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

  1. Tyrell permalink
    March 25, 2009 9:09 AM

    Blah blah blah you…. Someone has to pull the trigger, you bleeding heart fool. If it’s not a gun, it will be a knife or even a necktie. Just keep believing that the police will always be there within seconds of your 911 call to save you from being killed in your own home. See how your opinion changes when somebody close to your heart gets raped or killed by some felon who will always be able to get whatever weapon he/she chooses regardless of the fact that it isalready illegal for him to own one. That’s something for you to think about when you are sitting in Starbucks sipping on your Chai Tea Latte. Starbucks is also another marketing organization and also probably has been the reason for pedestrians getting hit by big SUVs. The driver was too busy talking on the cell phone with one hand and holding his drink with another….Let’s put tighter restrictions on cars and coffee!!!!

  2. Keith Schmitz permalink
    March 22, 2009 7:11 PM

    “The “problem” was not the gun…blah, blah, blah.”

    The problem is opinions like this which put guns into the hands of people like Mixon.

    A truly civilized society would find ways to diminish the number of guns out there. Instead, we have people supporting the NRA, which is nothing but a marketing organization so the gun industry can move more product.

  3. Michael J. Cheaney permalink
    March 22, 2009 12:35 PM

    The “problem” was not the gun.

    The “problem” was that this guy had a no-bail warrant out of Alameda County…(now whether the officers were aware of this prior to the traffic stop is unknown, but I am guessing the suspect was aware of this)

    The way I see it the gun was the SOLUTION (albeit NOT the correct one) to the perceived problem this cop-murdering thug had.

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