The only type of defensive gun use case that the NY Times reports

When I wrote The Bias Against Guns, the only type of defensive gun use case that I found in the NY Times was one where an off-duty cop had stopped an armed robbery at a gasoline station.

An off-duty police officer driving home from work in the Bronx early yesterday shot a man in the face when the man tried to steal his car at gunpoint, the police said. The man ran, but was captured several minutes later, according to the police.

In spite of his wound, the suspect, Daniel Arroyo, 22, of Hoe Avenue in Crotona Park East was reported in fair condition at Jacobi Medical Center, where he was under police guard. He was charged with attempted robbery, assault and weapons counts. The police said that his gun, a .380-caliber semiautomatic, was found near the officer's vehicle, cocked and loaded.

The officer, Kenneth O'Connor, 34, an 11-year veteran of the department, works in the 47th Precinct, where the shooting occurred.

Officer O'Connor had just left the Laconia Avenue station house and was headed home when Mr. Arroyo approached his Ford Explorer at East 223rd Street and Schieffelin Avenue in Williamsbridge about 12:20 a.m., according to the police. He then pointed his gun at the officer and demanded the car, the police said.

Officer O'Connor drew his off-duty weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, and fired once, the police said, striking Mr. Arroyo in the face. Mr. Arroyo dropped his gun and ran a block to Eastchester Road while Officer O'Connor called the police on his cellphone, the police said. Officers arrested Mr. Arroyo a short time later. . . . .


Anonymous sonictek said...

A person with a criminal record that has a gun in NYC?? So much for the mayor's gun ban. Notice they didn't say if the gun was stolen or report that, by law, people with a criminal record can't own a gun. What if NYC also banned off-duty policemen to carry weapons? The situation could have turned out a lot worse and added ammunition to the mayor's fervent railing against guns.


7/11/2006 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Guav said...

Well John, of course there are not going to be many examples of defensive gun uses in the New York Times. This is not evidence of anti-gun bias—although I hasten to add that such bias obviously exists—but simply that there are no defensive gun uses to report, since we honest citizens of NYC are completey disarmed.

Since the Police (and well-connected) are the only ones allowed to carry firearms, it makes perfect sense that there won't be many non-police cases of self-defensive uses. Or if a citizen has flaunted our repressive gun laws and carried for self-protection and defended themselves against thugs, they'll hardly report it to the police for fear of legal problems, so it would get chalked up as another young urban kid killed by guns, with no proper context. It'll get added to the statistics against us pro-2nd Amendment advocates.

7/11/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Police are another class of citizens; they are better than the rest of us because they are allowed to possess firearms in public. The rest of us are not as responsible as police (including the cops that commit crimes, including murder.)

For the rest of us (underpriviledged) we are left to our own resources if and when a carjacker orders us out of our vehicles, but a pig (I mean cop) can use the benefit of guns to save his life, including the cops that order drive-by shootings and sell drugs on the street. [In a society of brainwashed gun phobes this reality is overlooked (because so many are now living in a state of denial)] Police can do no wrong, are benevolent and altruistic (angelic) and always know when to responsibly use weapons (even when they mistakenly shoot innocent people.)

What does Bloomberg's anti-gun campaign tell you ? That he is a sick puppy, a gun phobe, a dictator that harbors no respect for the Bill of Rights, and the victim of a brainwashing news media that rarely, if ever reports lawful defensive gun use unless it is performed by the most responsible class of citizens that ever walked the streets of New York - POLICE.

7/12/2006 6:31 AM  

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