Militarized Police Respond to Mall Shooting
A photo shows armed, militarized police responding to a shooting at a mall in Portland, Oregon last night during which three people were killed, including the gunman.
The photo (click here for enlargement) was tweeted by Randy Rasmussen, a photojournalist with the Oregonian and also emailed to us by a reader who stated;
Whether the men in the photo are police or National Guard, the image again illustrates how the militarization of America is becoming normalized off the back of shooting incidents like the one last night which occurred at the Clackamas Town Center mall, one of Portland's busiest shopping centers with 185 stores and 20 cinema screens.
According to witnesses, the gunman wore camouflage fatigues, a bullet proof vest and a white hockey mask. He began firing rounds from a military-style rifle near the shopping mall's food court. The shooter killed two people and badly injured another before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.
Police almost immediately confirmed that there was only one shooter and were able to escort shoppers outside.
This tragic incident will undoubtedly be hijacked once again by gun control advocates and used to attack second amendment rights. The shooting occurred just a week after gun control became part of the national debate after NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas' controversial comments when he called for more draconian gun control measures after the murder/suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.
Gun sales recently hit record all time highs, primarily driven by fears that President Barack Obama will use his lame duck term to follow through on a promise he made to work “under the radar” on new gun control policy. Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson also recently announced a 48% surge in firearms sales and a quarterly profit of $21.2 million dollars.
Other readers emailed us to express concerns that shootings such as this and July's 'Batman massacre' are greasing the skids for airport-style security and TSA agents conducting pat downs at large malls.
"All these watch towers may soon employ the shopping mall TSA into watching parking lots with guns and main door check points," wrote one.