...He said he also felt the pressures of a huge backlash from the public against all things Washington, D.C...
You mean, like voting for bailouts? Yes, yes indeed that is backlash that you feel.
The medical examiner's report says he "advanced toward officers with a pistol and screaming suicide by cop."
I think if you brandish a pistol and walk toward officers while yelling, yes you're probably going to get shot. What else would you expect?
Sure this guy needed help, but once he became a deadly threat to everyone within sight of him, that obviously changed things.
59 shots seems excessive, but I don't know how many officers were there. If there were 10 officers, it is very reasonable each one could get 6 shots off before they see the situation is over.
If police did not fire those shots, this could have easily turned into 5 cops dead followed by suicide.
Obama collected $71,000 from BP in 2008.
The judge HAD less than 15k invested in a drilling company in 2008. Could have been $100 for all we know, and could be $0 today for all we know.
Bob Corker..the same one who voted for bailouts? No thanks Mr. Corker, you lost my trust when you were bought, bullied, or fooled by the financial sector with the rest of congress in 2008.
Vote out anyone who supported bailouts. I'm a lifelong republican, but I will not be voting for Corker ever again. And forget Wamp for governor, he's another bailout-lover.
SeaSmokie59er - All legitimate points, I don't think most CCW holders (myself included) want to play hero. I would have just gotten the heck out of dodge.
And yes..when I take my kids home at night, which unfortunately is close to sites of very recent meth busts and other assorted crimes, my .45 does make me feel a little safer. I don't think that's a personal 'issue'.
signalmtnman - I am merely pointing out that even though there was a big uproar when the gun laws changed recently, and Chattanooga decided to ban guns in parks, that ban had no effect on criminals, who I agree should not own or be carrying guns. Restrictions only affect law-abiding citizens, who by the way are not visiting Coolidge park and having gangsta gun parties.
Times Free Press - Thanks for providing the list of shootings this year. I think that was added after my gun laws comment, because I didn't notice it before. Please also indicate which of those crimes were committed by people who were legally in possession of a weapon at the indicated times and places. That will give us the full picture of which laws can be uselessly tweaked some more.
Surely this would not have happen if guns were not allowed to be in parks...oh wait, you liberals already got your way with that in Chattanooga. Strangely, our law had no effect on these people. It's weird how bad guys don't care about laws.
Prevent a catastrophic collapse? I think all he did was helped to DELAY it. Did anyone really think an economy that depends on infinite and uninterrupted growth can last? We are headed for trouble and Bernanke cannot stop it.
Watch "Money as Debt" (google it or watch it on youtube). If you didn't know much about our banking system, this will really open your eyes.
Don't you think the dems knew what kind of controversy this would cause, and that they'd get a chance to poke fun of average Joes over this? Now your kids are going to be made fun of if they are out that day, or step out to avoid the speech.
BHO and the dems are tearing this country apart. They are constantly and predicably doing things that create controversy and then trying to ostracize and ridicule anyone who disagrees.
With the path we're on, this will probably not matter too much longer.
I sure hope the government nanny will save us again...please save us from these evil right-wingers who talk of liberty (not sure what that is, my govt education didn't really explain that).
I mean, I know if I get drunk at Chili's while eating with my food stamps and assault another customer who shoots me in the leg in self-defense, Obamacare will be there to save me.
But, the thought of all that just makes me want to take one of my free prescription drugs...which renders me incapable of cashing my social security check.
I want a lawyer.