Thursday, June 24, 2010

The reason for the Second Amendment

I doesn't have anything to do with hunting:
A New Orleans police officer who fired his gun at civilians on the Danziger Bridge a week after Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday, offering a chilling account of what transpired on the bridge that early September day in 2005.


Hunter, 33, said a New Orleans police sergeant fired an assault rifle at wounded civilians at close range after other officers stopped shooting and after it was clear that the police were not taking fire. He also says he saw another officer in a car fire a shotgun at a fleeing man's back, although the man did nothing suggesting he was a threat to police. That man, 40-year-old Ronald Madison, who was severely mentally disabled, died of his wounds.


"I don't think you can listen to that account without being sickened by the raw brutality of the shooting and the craven lawlessness of the cover-up," said U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance after the factual basis was read aloud in the still courtroom by prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein, deputy chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.


Former Lt. Michael Lohman and former Detective Jeffrey Lehrmann -- officers who participated in the investigation of the shooting -- in recent weeks both pleaded guilty to helping orchestrate a cover-up.

Lohman and Lehrmann admitted the NOPD's internal investigation included imaginary civilian witnesses, a planted gun and false officer accounts to justify a shooting of unarmed people.
Note that this guilty plea is not for shooting an unarmed mentally ill man in the back with a shotgun. He's getting immunity for that. There's a whole herd of swine* from the NOLA PD awaiting their day in court for either the shooting or the cover-up.

So riddle me this: what's the difference between the NOLA PD, and you and me? Other than we wouldn't have the union running interference for us if we shot a fleeing man in the back. And you and I would be joining Cory Maye on death row, while this gentleman won't.

Yes, the Democratic Party wants to take everyone's guns. This case shows the "protection" they offer to provide instead. You want our guns? Come and get them.

* Yes, the word is justified:

Moments later, Hunter saw two men later identified as Lance Madison and his 40-year-old mentally disabled brother, Ronald, running away near the bottom of the bridge.

Hunter's statement said an unidentified officer shot Ronald Madison in the back with a shotgun.

"As Ronald Madison lay dying on the pavement, (the sergeant) ran down the bridge toward Ronald and asked an officer if Ronald was 'one of them.' When the officer replied in the affirmative, (the sergeant) began kicking or stomping Ronald Madison repeatedly with his foot," the filing states.

UPDATE 24 June 2010 20:41: Kahr40 hits center mass:
In just world those bastards would have died on the bridge from the return fire of the citizens.


bluesun said...

I just bought my first pistol (a bit of gunporn never hurt anyone), for those very same reasons. The way things are going, soon you are going to need one just to get your groceries...

Stan said...

And why do we need to protect our second amendment rights? somewhere near the top of the long list is to be able to confront these forms of tyranny loudly, directly, and forcefully if need be.

Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns." The ultimate powers in a society, therefore, rest in the people themselves, and they should exercise those powers, either directly or through representatives, in every way they are competent and that is practicable."

Jefferson to Madison wrote “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people, which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

Jefferson to Col William Smith wrote “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

wolfwalker said...

Yes, the word is justified:

No, it's not. Calling these entities "swine" is a mortal insult to honest pigs. Call them what they are: orcs.

kahr40 said...

Thank you for the link. There is no excuse, NO excuse for that trash to betray their oaths like that. They deserve the general population. All of them.

MikeH. said...

And while the police here at home become more combative, Big Zero thinks our military personnel, in combat areas, should receive medals for avoiding a fight.

I have included you in my blog list, now that I know you are here.


Anonymous said...

Shooting an unarmed man in the back - handicapped or not - is takeoff clearance to ride the lightning, as far as I'm concerned.

I've been looking around at AR parts. I think it is time.


Divemedic said...

What REALLY sucks is anyone defending themselves from such an attack will ride the lightning themselves (ala Corey Maye).

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab is a real eye opener. I used to doubt people when they said the cops planted evidence or lied, but not anymore.

I will no longer take a cops word for it in testimony if I am on the jury, and I get jury duty every year. The thing is, if you admit that you no longer think of cops as towers of virtue, they kick you off the jury.

The soap box, the ballot box, the jury box.

Six said...

I want to see the shooters on death row and the rest in prison for life. And yes, this retired police officer would volunteer to flip the switch on the murderers. Or they can come to Utah and I'll pull the trigger. There is no room on the planet for such.

Borepatch said...

Six, this sort of scum must drive you (and other decent officers) absolutely up the wall.

Six said...

I cringe every time one of these mutts commits a crime against humanity. Your later story on the tazing is another prime example. I need to get back into teaching. I'm going to go over and talk to the director of the Academy. He offered me a position when I retired. I think It's time to take him up.

Borepatch said...

Six, that would be outstanding.