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Hysterical Hoplophobia

CITY HEIGHTS – An accidental shooting in City Heights prompted officials to lockdown a nearby elementary school Tuesday. 

The victim in his 20s was hanging out with friends and “playing with a gun” at Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park — a park named after an SDPD officer gunned down in the line of duty in 2011 — when the weapon discharged and wounded his ankle around 1:45 p.m. 

At 1:50 p.m., Rosa Parks Elementary School was placed on lockdown for precautionary measures due to the gunfire. 

Paramedics took the unidentified victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest to treat the non-life-threatening leg injury, according to SDPD spokesman Matt Tortorella. 

It was unclear what type of charge the shooter might face over the accident, though a count of negligent handling of a firearm was among the likely possibilities, Tortorella said.  (San Diego 6 News)

Imagery of drooling Pavlovian canines filled my brain.

What if the school were some appropriate distance or so away from a field, and hunters were legally bird hunting?  (or some other comparison?)

BANG…lockdown, all clear…BANG…lockdown, all clear.


Of course, this was in CALIFORNIA!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


15 thoughts on “Hysterical Hoplophobia

  1. The hunters in your scenario would have been thoroughly SWATted.
    Just think how the sound of gunfire would scar these kids for life. What if, God forbid, one of those kids grew up and actually wanted to buy a gun and go hunting themselves? The Horror!
    Legal activity? So what! It’s For The Children!

    Posted by KM | July 21, 2015, 1:45 pm
  2. You have to read between the lines here. A guy “hanging out with friends” and “playing with a gun” in a park in the middle of a work day is not Mr. Lawfully Armed Citizen. Especially not in California, where lawfully armed citizens are almost nonexistent.
    The story should read: “Some gangbanger drew his gun to shoot another gangbanger, but was too quick on the trigger and shot himself in the ankle. When the cops and paramedics got there, everyone at the scene said it was an accident.
    “Officials at a nearby school, not knowing what had happened but knowing it wasn’t good, took appropriate measures to protect the children in their custody, for whose safety they are responsible.”
    That’s what happened. I’ll bet you lunch on it.

    Posted by Old 1811 | July 21, 2015, 2:10 pm
  3. According to Google Maps and Google Earth, the park and the school abut each other. The shooting could not have happened more than 100 yards from the school. Instead of chortling over hoplophobia, you should be happy that the school authorities did their job.
    Do you think “Rosa Parks Elementary School” is in the high-priced end of town?

    Posted by Old 1811 | July 21, 2015, 2:42 pm
    • We can debate ad infinitum as to what their job should be…
      Corral and lock up unarmed children and teachers to wait to armed assailants?
      In response to a loud bang?
      I’m certain they were performing their duties ‘per policy’, but at what cost?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | July 22, 2015, 7:48 am
    • I revert to my previous comment.
      And, high-priced/low priced, it shouldn’t matter.
      Perhaps securing the children accompanied by firearms-trained teachers and staff while investigating is the way to go?

      I am glad I waited to respond – what Old NFO said!
      (and, I didn’t chortle, although my name IS Guffaw! 🙂 )

      Posted by guffaw1952 | July 22, 2015, 7:52 am
      • “Securing the children accompanied by firearms-trained teachers” has another name. It’s called “lockdown.”
        I’m not disagreeing with the general idea of your comment. But in the absence of the firearms-trained teachers you mentioned, the only safe and sane thing to do was to lock the school down until the situation was sorted out.
        And it wasn’t in response to a “loud bang.” It was in response to a gunshot. This is a ghetto school in a high-crime neighborhood (look at the San Diego crime map), and the school authorities almost certainly know a gunshot when they hear it. And it happened close enough to the school that they probably could see it, or at least see the mass exodus of bodies after it happened.
        You’re right, high-priced/low-priced doesn’t matter. But sadly, it does.
        I don’t want to get into a pissing match with you, but I have to say this: Read between the lines before you reach your conclusions. Do you really think a lawfully-armed citizen had an ND while “hanging out with friends” and “playing with a gun” in a ghetto park in a high-crime neighborhood in the middle of the work day? Your were an investigator. Investigate.

        Posted by Old 1811 | July 22, 2015, 10:31 am
      • I appreciate you don’t want to get into a pissing match. Thank you. Sometimes, I do post without full investigation – mea culpa.
        But whether it was a lawfully armed citizen or a gang member, or a hunter really isn’t the issue.
        My issue is more about the ‘system in place’ – unarmed teachers and staff, boxed in, awaiting either systematic annihilation or arrival of the authorities (with guns).
        I certainly don’t want to see any innocents hurt, but I also want an improvement over the current system. The current endemic thinking seems to be lets corral everyone up for the slaughter, unarmed.
        I do appreciate your input in this ongoing debate.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | July 23, 2015, 8:07 am
  4. Sigh… Welcome to the ‘new’ reality… We used to shoot guns on the BACK of school property… WITH the principal!

    Posted by Old NFO | July 21, 2015, 5:11 pm
      Thank you. I feel better now.

      Posted by Old 1811 | July 21, 2015, 5:23 pm
  5. I meant, “. . . high-priced/low-priced *shouldn’t* matter.”

    Posted by Old 1811 | July 22, 2015, 10:35 am
  6. Guffaw:
    I agree with you. Schools should be better prepared than they are.
    What set me off was the automatic assumption, on this and another blog, that this was a legitimate ND, and that locking down the school was a hoplophobic, paranoid reaction to a nonevent.
    The reality is that this was almost certainly a botched attempted murder, and was a serious event that potentially endangered the school and its occupants.
    I read your blog regularly, I enjoy it, and I respect your opinions. It saddens me to see someone of your background parrot the party line (anybody’s party line) without performing some due diligence to verify the story.
    In 31 years in LE, I never once saw a news report get all the facts right.
    And if this school were in the country, and the authorities heard a gunshot during hunting season, they might not be so quick to panic. (“Might.”)
    By the way, unlike you, the other blogger on whose blog I mentioned the gangbanger angle never bothered to reply.
    Thank you.

    Posted by Old 1811 | July 23, 2015, 9:44 am

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