So, last week we had a few more public shootings. The one that caught my eye occurred near the Empire state building where a man gunned down his former boss, and then died himself in a shootout with police. The interesting thing is that the second shootout involved 9 bystander injuries, and reports suggest that most of them were injured by police bullets.
I am not criticizing the police here. This was a difficult situation in a public place, but it highlights why I hate the idea of more guns on the street as an answer to public shootings at schools or theaters. Here, people trained and practiced were unable to just get the bad guy. What makes gun rights people really think that untrained people in a crowd will do better?
Polling data out says that most people are concentrating on the economy, and on the economy and deficit, Romney gets better marks. This makes me think that voters are dumb, dumb, and even dumber. Republicans have, at every step, pledged to stop Obama from getting any traction on the economy, and have killed stimulus bills, middle class tax cuts, programs aimed to help small businesses, and people give the Republicans better marks on the economy? Seriously? As I told a friend this morning, this is like a coach who refuses to call any passing plays, then criticizes the QB for his lack of passing yards.
Oh, and Romney pledges to do what now? Cut taxes on the rich, and slash safety net programs. No one has said he will actually balance the budget. He will take away your healthcare though. Got to love that.