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Aug 22 herrbrahms commented on St. Louis Police Killed Kajieme Powell in a Barrage of Bullets.
Suicide by cop. End of story.

People don't give knives enough credit for being deadly weapons. The deceased knew this and chose a knife precisely to achieve this result. As others have said, he also peered behind him and saw that there were innocent people behind him, so he courteously hopped the fence to give the cops a clear backdrop to shoot him.

Very sad for all involved: the deceased, his family, the police officers, and the witnesses.
Aug 14 herrbrahms commented on Feeling Nothing About the Death of Robin Williams?.
Frankly, Dan, this is pretty ungrateful tone to take toward a man who did so much for the gay community. I'm rather embarrassed *for* you.
Aug 12 herrbrahms commented on Does Media Coverage of School Shootings Lead to More School Shootings?.
Ansel, your editor is an idiot and a tool. S/he says “It’s not about publicizing him. It’s explaining how this happened, how he got his weapons, whether there were mental health issues, whether there are things to learn. That’s how we get to better policy.”

Then by definition, it *is* about publicizing him...

What are the common threads of these shooters? They're generally white males, late teens to early 20s, disaffected, and **they tend to have done extensive research on previous terroristic shootings, and they surround themselves with shrines dedicated to the 'martyrs' who came before them.**

You don't need a PhD to know that every time a media outlet publishes the name of one of these attackers, they take on guilt for the inevitable next round of shootings to be perpetrated by the next deranged person.

If people want to blame gun manufacturers for enabling this phenomenon through manufacture of death-dealing tools, then it is only appropriate that we blame the mass media every time they glorify these killers. They are responsible for manufacturing the antihero myth that is received loud and clear by the next shooter, who is silently waiting in the wings.
Jul 24 herrbrahms commented on The Problem with The Mikado.
Brendan & Sharon's angst is best summed up as follows: Much Ado About Nothing.
Jul 11 herrbrahms commented on Will Dark or Light Curtains Better Stop My Apartment from Broiling Me Alive?.
I think a thick vinyl curtain that's aluminized facing outside would be the way to go. Ugly? You bet.
Jul 10 herrbrahms commented on Video of Oscar Perez Giron's Fatal Confrontation With Police at Sodo Light Rail Station.
@ 86 The dude they were wrestling with pulled the gun on the cops and was shot. The one who got too close afterward was addressed by the cop wheeling around and pointing the gun at him until he backed up out of harm's way.
Jul 10 herrbrahms commented on Video of Oscar Perez Giron's Fatal Confrontation With Police at Sodo Light Rail Station.
@43 Michelle, Oscar may have been kind to his family and maybe even on balance a good man. Fine, whatever. Tell me how that excuses his previous armed criminal behavior including the alleged robbery of one of our other readers. And especially tell me how it excuses *clearly pulling a stolen, illegally concealed pistol on law enforcement officers with the intent to murder them.*

I totally understand your grief, and I understand your disbelief. I'm not asking you not to love Oscar anymore.

But you don't get to choose your own facts. Your cousin was a thug who is dead now solely because he made bad choices. It wasn't immigration policy, it wasn't the transit police, it wasn't racism. It was his own willingness to murder that got him killed.
Jul 10 herrbrahms commented on Crowd Refuses to Pay Light Rail Fare to Protest Immigrant Youth's Death at Sodo Station.
Open and shut. A criminal pointed a pistol at a police officer and was sent to the morgue. Let this be a lesson to the idiots out there who marched in protest over the shooting.
Jun 6 herrbrahms commented on Want to Do Something About Gun Violence? Here's Where to Start..
And if you want to stop these rampage shootings, urge the mass media to stop printing the names of the shooters, their pictures, their manifestos, or anything else about them. They do this for their 15 minutes of miserable infamy. They study the shootings that previous warped individuals have perpetrated, and they think this is the ticket to the fraternity.

What if we as a nation decided to just stop fearing them and stop paying attention? Then maybe their little tantrums would stop.
Jun 6 herrbrahms commented on Want to Do Something About Gun Violence? Here's Where to Start..
Many of the same people calling Jon Meis a hero today don't know just how lucky he was not to take a 12 gauge hole to his chest as others did.

I bet you didn't know that Jon is a firearms enthusiast. Likes on his FB page include Remington and Kel Tec.

All's well that ends well, but I bet he wishes that he had been allowed to keep a little Kel Tec .380 in deep concealment on SPU campus. Then, he wouldn't have had to so gravely risk his life in order to stop the assailant.

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