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When it comes to violence, guns shoot both ways

Fugitive and former cop Christopher Dorner certainly was not going to be taken alive.

Having said that, and with all the recent gun violence that has resulted in people stating that only the police and military personnel should have guns, this former cop and navy man, is just the latest to make the headlines with regards to violence when police and military people go off the deep end.

Some of the most horrific violent crimes in the past have been committed by people with police or military experience, even in Canada, despite all the background checks, security checks, references and tests to measure how well they will handle stressful situations.

And this does not even include statistics on domestic violence, substance abuse, alcoholism and suicides among people in uniform.

Interestingly enough, in 1966, in Austin, Texas marksman and ex- U.S. Marine Charles Whitman went on a shooting rampage from the clock tower at the University of Texas, shooting moving targets from great distances

The Austin police were at a disadvantage, so they acquired help from nearby gun owners to keep Charles Whitman pinned down while some officers made their way up the tower to put an end to the carnage.

In his autobiography, Austin Police Officer Ramiro Martinez, the man who finally stopped Whitman, praised the citizens who used their own firearms to keep Whitman pinned down so the police could finally put an end to the shooting.

Guns shoot both ways on this gun control debate, whether it is by violence-prone people on a mission or by the vast majority of law abiding gun owners – some whom have had to defend themselves or stop a gunman before the police arrive on the scene.

Scott Camillo


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