Rights watch: senseless in Seattle.

Author:Codrea, David
Position:VIEWS NEWS AND REVIEWS
 
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By the time you read this, it will be yesterday's news. Still, the murder of four police officers in a Pacific Northwest coffee shop by a felon with a history of violence is a lesson in how low some will stoop to put us all at the mercy of killers.

That Maurice Clemmons was even on the streets is the first piece of the puzzle that makes no sense. He had earned himself five felonies in Arkansas (charges were reduced by then-Governor Mike Huckabee, allowing him to be released from his 108-year sentence) and eight in Washington state. He was out on bail at the time of the shootings, facing charges for assaulting a police officer and for child rape.

If that isn't outrageous enough, The News Tribune reports "Clemmons told friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt's home in the Pacific that he planned to kill 'cops, children at a school' and 'as many people as he could in an intersection.'"

These lovely people not only did not report it or intervene, but The Los Angeles Times tells us "Hours after the man suspected of killing four Seattle-area police officers was shot to death ... prosecutors said they had evidence that an extensive network of friends and relatives had helped the wounded fugitive evade a massive, two-day manhunt."

So how did The Times' editorial-staff weigh in? Typically.

Calling Seattle residents who had expressed concerns for defending themselves "crazy about guns," their editorial went right into a self-righteous, judgmental attack dive.

"It's a typical American response to an all-too-typical American incident of gun violence. It is also a striking example of disconnect between our desire to feel safe and our insistence on loose gun laws that make us less so. The murdered officers were armed, well trained in the use of their weapons and...

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