After Texas school shooting, many questions loom
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy’s middle school. In an office across town, a police chief insisted that his officers had no choice.
And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented?
A day after police fatally shot an eighth-grader who was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun, his anguished parents pleaded for answers, demanding to know why police didn’t try a Taser or beanbag gun before resorting to deadly force.
In front of the family home, the father lamented his loss and called on authorities to explain their actions.
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After Texas school shooting, many questions loom
As a whole, people are STUPID. Jaime Gonzalez Sr. is one of those people, as the following story and commentary will fully illustrate.
Some standoffs with police last three or four hours, Jaime Gonzalez Sr. said. This one “took not even half an hour.”
Mr. Gonzalez, that stand-off ended when YOUR son pointed what appeared to be a REAL gun at REAL Police Officers, in a REAL world, life or death situation.
I know you are grieving but don’t make an ass of yourself in the process.
Brownsville interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said the preliminary autopsy report showed the boy was shot twice in the torso. Family members initially thought he was shot in the back head, but that wound turned out to be a cut from a fall.
“It really doesn’t change anything at all,” Gonzalez Sr. said after being told of the preliminary autopsy results at the vigil for his son. “If it is a wound from his fall, why shoot him at all? Wound him. Do something else. Use another method.”
The *fall* was likely caused by your son being hit by 2 bullets, REAL bullets.
Mr. Gonzalez, there is no such thing as *shoot to wound*, and as I have pointed out a number of times, that is a statement only made by those that have NO gun training, no police training and/or spend entirely too much time watching television.
In a situation such as the one that YOUR son placed himself and those Police Officers in, there are only 2 ways for it to turn out; either YOUR son drops the weapon, and it did look like a real gun, and surrenders it, or he gets shot, and in this case, KILLED.
I stress KILLED to further illustrate the idea of challenging the Police in a gunfight, it’s not a good idea and the challenger is most likely going to be sporting some big holes in his wardrobe and body parts.
Pay attention Mr. Gonzalez;
But there was broad agreement among law enforcement experts: If a suspect raises a weapon and refuses to put it down, officers are justified in taking his life. The shooting also raised questions about whether pellet guns should be marked in a way that would easily distinguish them from real handguns.
Does that explain it to you Sir? To you and the untold millions of Police hating Libbers and anti-gun idiots that are saying these Officers were wrong? I doubt it does, but I have to ask.
Rodriguez defended his officers, saying the younger Gonzalez pointed the pellet gun at police and repeatedly defied their commands to put it on the floor.
BOOM BOOM … Problem solved, you did your job, you lived to tell the tale, go home to your wife and family and sleep well, with a CLEAR conscience.
Authorities also released a 911 recording from Cummings Middle School. The assistant principal on the phone first says a student in the hall has a gun, then reports that he is drawing the weapon and finally that he is running down the hall.
On the recording, police can be heard yelling: “Put the gun down! Put it on the floor!” In the background, someone else yells, “He’s saying that he is willing to die.”
Before police arrived, school administrators had urged Jaime to give up the gun. When officers got to the school, the boy was waiting for them, Rodriguez said.
“He’s saying that he is willing to die.” Well, he got his wish. Stop blaming the Police Officers because YOUR son was either stupid, suicidal or perhaps BOTH.
Moments before he was killed, Jaime began to run down a hallway, but again faced officers. Police fired down the hallway – a distance that made a stun gun or other methods impractical, Rodriguez said.
As I said, BOOM BOOM. Adios dude, you lose, and there is NO reset button in REAL gunfights.
If the situation had involved hostages or a gunman barricaded in a room, police might have tried negotiations. But instead, Rodriguez stressed, this was an armed student roaming the halls of a school.
Again, PAY ATTENTION Mr. Gonzalez, YOUR son was roaming the halls of the school with what appeared to be a REAL gun, thus placing the lives of every other student in that school in MORTAL danger. YOUR son left the Officers with NO choice in the way they resolved this potentially horrific situation.
The two officers who fired have been placed on administrative leave – standard procedure in police shootings. Rodriguez expected them back at work soon.
I wish these Officers well, and I sincerely hope that something like this won’t cause them to hesitate should a similar situation occur in the future.
Gonzalez’s gun had no markings to indicate it was a pellet gun, according to Rodriguez. Law enforcement experts say users often remove orange bands that may be on such guns, and the coloring can sometimes be hard to see.
California considered legislation last year that would have made the state the first to require that BB and pellet guns to be made entirely with bright colors, but lawmakers did not approve the measure.
The bill was proposed after a Los Angeles police officer shot a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun in a park. The boy was paralyzed.
Although the gun – a replica of a Beretta handgun – had an orange tip, it could not be seen because the incident occurred at night, police said.
There is a lesson here for ALL responsible parents; monitor your children’s activity, be a PARENT, not a *buddy*. Be that hard-ass that says NO and raise the kids to know the consequences of pulling a toy gun, or an air gun on a Police Officer.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Brownsville shooting appears to be another in a series of incidents that might have been prevented if pellet and BB guns looked different from other weapons.
“Nobody can give me a legitimate downside to this,” said Beck, who testified in support of the failed California legislation. “Does it hurt the sport? No. For me, this is just another way to keep folks safer.”
In some ways I have to agree, bright or gaudy air guns might indeed make a difference, but what do you do when the street hoods catch on and start decorating their *gats* in an effort to lull an Officer into thinking he’s facing a toy gun there Chief Charlie Beck?
The Brownsville shooting unfolded quickly Wednesday just as students were beginning their first-period classes. The boy walked into one room and randomly punched a classmate in the nose.
On Thursday night, about 400 mourners filed past an open casket containing Jaime’s body at Holy Family Catholic Church, a block from the boy’s home. His stepmother sobbed as she embraced each visitor.
Dozens of young teens wearing white shirts sat in the pews and lined the back wall of the church.
“I want to apologize to the young people for what happened to Jaime. It is our fault as adults that the world is the way it is now,” the Rev. Jorge Gomez told mourners.
Some are saying that poor little Jaime was a *good kid*, if the original story is to be believed, a good kid took a terrible turn and is now dead. Rev. Jorge Gomez is right in saying that the world is what it is, but here is the straight truth; no one is responsible for Jaime Gonzalez and his actions, no one other than Jaime himself.
All we have to do now is get the overwhelmingly liberal, and police hating population of Brownsville to accept that fact.