Posts Tagged ‘bullets’

Well Sure, Malia Cohen and the Supes Just “Banned” Assault Weapons in SF, But They Also Banned Run-of-the-Mill Handguns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The news of the day:

Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”

Fair enough, except:

1. There are reasons why federal, state, and local authorities haven’t already done the same thing.

Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:

2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”

And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?

So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon”   isn’t the right thing to do.

You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.

Just saying.

SFPD ShotSpotter Shows Where the SFPD Fired Ten Times at Kenneth Harding on July 16th, 2011 in the Bayview

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Caroline Chen has some more details on the SFPD shooting of Kenneth Harding on July 16th, 2011 in Bayview’s Mendel Plaza near 3rd Street.

The SFPD’s Shotspotter* map indicating the order and location of triangulated shot locations:

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Here’s a bigger picture via Google Maps:

The distance across the street from the place where Kenneth Harding fell from the location where shots 2-8 were fired is about 55 feet.

One protest is at 5:00 PM on July 19th and the Community Meeting is at 6:00 PM on July 20th.

*A Shot Spotter sensor looks one of these things, most likely: