Injuring People While Preventing Crime

A common slogan is “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”  Where local laws allow it, you should consider carrying a gun for self-defense.  (Unfortunately, the law in NYC makes it almost impossible for a non-policeman to get a permit to carry a gun.)

A pro-State troll says “If a non-policeman uses a gun to stop a criminal, they will make a mistake and hurt innocent bystanders.  Therefore, don’t carry a gun.”

They cite this nightmare scenario.  “A criminal has a gun and starts shooting people.  Armed vigilantes attempt to stop the criminal, hurting innocent bystanders.”

If you replace “Armed vigilantes” with “Police”, that’s exactly what happened outside the Empire State Building on Friday.

Bloomberg and Kelly said some of the nine people who were injured may have been hit or grazed by police gunfire but that none of their injuries was life-threatening.

“Everybody that got hit was from police officers,” said Robert Asika, an Empire State Building employee who took a bullet to the right elbow.

When covering a story like this, the mainstream media says “gunman”.  I don’t like that word.  It reinforces the lie “If you see a non-policeman carrying a gun, he’s a criminal.”  That’s an important point.  By choosing certain words over others, that reinforces the propaganda.  He should be called a “criminal” or “murderer” and not a “gunman”.

Jeffrey Johnson was fired from his job.  He murdered a former coworker, Steve Ercolino.  They had some disputes when working together.  Jeffrey Johnson brought a gun, went to his former workplace, and murdered Steve Ercolino.  When police attempted to arrest Jeffrey Johnson, he opened fire on them.  Police returned fire, and killed him.

Reading between the lines, Steve Ercolino manipulated the unfair firing of Jeffrey Johnson, and he decided to get revenge.

I’ve been unfairly fired many times.  I’ve been backstabbed by coworkers many times.  The first few times it happened, it was very disturbing.  Now, I accept it and move on.  One advantage of switching jobs frequently is that no job loss is that big of a deal.  More often than not, after getting backstabbed, I find a better job.  Paradoxically, my ability makes me a more tempting target, as my coworkers and bosses attempt to protect their turf.  It’s literally like those reality TV competitions, where the strongest players get voted out first.

Both Jeffrey Johnson and Steve Ercolino were killed.  Some other people injured, although not seriously.  Some of them were shot by police.

The police acted appropriately.  Once Jeffrey Johnson started shooting at them, they had to defend themselves.

Suppose that it really was “armed non-policemen” who stopped Jeffrey Johnson and hurt some bystanders.  In that case, they would have almost certainly been charged with “reckless endangerment” or some other crime.

This is a common myth.  “Police have magic powers that enable them to use guns safely.”  This time, police hurt innocent bystanders while stopping a criminal.  They probably acted appropriately.  However, a non-policemen who acted similarly would be facing a long prison term.  My concern is not “These policemen did something wrong!” but “If a non-policeman did the same thing, he would be treated as a criminal.”


There’s a mistake in this post. The criminal didn’t fire at the policeman at all. He did point his gun at them.

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