Friday, February 08, 2013

The Polite Society

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life" - Robert Heinlein
And this throwaway line in a seventy year-old science fiction novel has formed the intellectual basis for gun advocates ever since. It's totally worked out that way, huh? In the wake of the manhunt for a former LAPD officer who went on a rampage yesterday, we see how the "armed society" has worked its magic.
Los Angeles police reportedly shot and injured two women delivering newspapers by accident while on a search in Torrance, Calif. for a former fellow officer who is suspected in several shootings. A second shooting was also reported involving Torrance police officers, but there were no known injuries.
There is no doubt that in these situation where police are looking for an armed assailant that nerves are on edge, the victims apparently drove a blue pickup truck that does not seem all that similar to a dark colored 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck the former LAPD officer is thought to be driving. Similar pickup trucks should narrow the potential suspects in Los Angeles down to several tens of thousands.

But even if the LaPierre mantra of "only a good guy with a gun" can stop a bad one has any validity it is quite obvious that they are also quite good at stopping other non-involved people completely with the same deadly force.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Pope Bandar bin Turtle said...

Los Angeles police reportedly shot and injured two women delivering newspapers by accident ...

How the fuck does one accidentally deliver newspapers????

Oh, wait … I know this one.

The same way one shoots an elephant in one’s pajamas!

(I can haz Internet winz now?)

StonyPillow said...

An armed society is a polite society because multiple imaginary universes can be wished into existence.

Anonymous said...

To tangent a bit here, if an armed society was polite, we could expect nothing but the best behavior on our roads, given that most cars are capable of being as lethal as guns.

Just saying.

Wilson @ NOTL said...

Give me secondhand smoke over secondhand bullets any day!

Anonymous said...

Yep and two latinas, one elderly, look just like a 270lb black dude. Great shooting too (snark), if you see the photos of the bullet riddled truck. I love the smell of incompetence and racism early in the morning.

pansypoo said...

blue truck drivers are safe again. they found it burned.

was it even the same kind?

StonyPillow said...

Silverado instead of a Nissan Titan. Probably the same color. It stopped in front of the house of one of Dorner's targets to deliver the morning paper. The two little lady drivers were compensated for their services with lead.