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John Pawlak: Shooting my mouth off

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Gun control issue raising its explosive head

By John Pawlak

A recent news story heading read “Man in wheelchair shot to death by Phoenix police.”
Personally, I found it surprising that getting killed by the Phoenix police would merit the cost of printing ink.  
“Phoenix police investigated for being nice to visiting stranger” would have been a more news worthy item.
But still, one might wonder why the journalist chose to use those particular words.
After reading the story, I had to question that perhaps a better heading would have been “Police shoot and kill a man who while sitting in a wheelchair pulled a gun out from his waistband, refused to drop the gun after several warnings, pointed the gun at the police, and was then shot and killed by officers acting in self-defense preventing innocent bystanders from being shot by a lunatic.”
I suppose that would have taken up too much ink. The original shorter, albeit misleading heading, was clearly more professional.
The issue of gun control is again raising its explosive head on the political scene (ah, an election year must be coming up!)  What better way to gather votes than to exercise the political good sense to stand up in front of a crowd of 30-30 lovin’ tobacco spittin’ rednecks and equate gun control to “using both hands?”  


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