As the massive manhunt for suspected California cop-killer Christopher Dorner – himself an ex-police officer – continues Friday across much of the West, there is an underlying issue that only a few daring folks, including KVI’s John Carlson, have discussed: The gross hypocrisy of the coverage as it relates to Dorner’s apparent political leanings.
Based on the rambling manifesto he left behind, Dorner – fired a few years ago for apparently lying – is something of a liberal devotee of Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and gun control. Carlson discussed this during his early morning drive-time broadcast to listeners in the Puget Sound area. There's not much about gun control in the reporting of Dorner's manifesto.
One suspects that had this guy left a diatribe espousing Tea Party politics or a defense of the Second Amendment, or if he were a registered Republican active in conservative causes, and a member of the National Rifle Association, it would be the dominant headline on every front page in the country.
There is something else. The underlying message from the Dorner manhunt, and a case unfolding in Oregon involving another now-ex-policeman, is that those who believe firearms should only be in the hands of law enforcement or even ex-law enforcement just might be mistaken.
In Forest Grove, Ore., Timothy Cannon is now in the Washington County jail, charged with attempted murder after a shootout with ten other lawmen. As something of an afterthought, KGW News reported that Cannon “has resigned from the Hillsboro force.”
In the past several weeks since the Sandy Hook tragedy, there has been much rhetoric about how only law enforcement and the military can be trusted with “weapons of war” otherwise erroneously identified as so-called “assault weapons.” So trustworthy that nervous California police opened fire on two different trucks similar to the one they were looking for in connection with Dorner, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In one case, two female newspaper carriers were wounded when their truck was riddled with bullets. This does not sit well with experienced gun owners, especially hunters, who have been hammered on since their youth to “always be sure of your target.”
In the other case, the newspaper said, no injuries were reported.
Dorner’s political views have been avoided like the proverbial plague, and it is quickly apparent why. In his manifesto, he says this: “Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family. That has become cliche’ and meaningless. Its (sic) time for action. Let this be your legacy that you bestow to America.”
His own hypocrisy bubbles over when he says this:
“All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers. All concealable weapons (pistols) were also legally register in my name at police stations or FFL’s. Unfortunately, are you aware that I obtained class III weapons (suppressors) without a background check thru NICS or DROS completely LEGALLY several times? I was able to use a trust account that I created on quicken will maker and a $10 notary charge at a mailbox etc. to obtain them legally. Granted, I am not a felon, nor have a DV misdemeanor conviction or active TRO against me on a NCIC file. I can buy any firearm I want, but should I be able to purchase these class III weapons (SBR’s, and suppressors) without a background check and just a $10 notary signature on a quicken will maker program? The answer is NO. I’m not even a resident of the state i (sic) purchased them in...NFA and ATF need new laws and policies that do not allow loopholes such as this. In the end, I hope that you will realize that the small arms I utilize should not be accessed with the ease that I obtained them. Who in there (sic) right mind needs a f------- silencer!!! Who (sic) needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!”
Well, so much for the argument that restrictive gun laws will deter the criminal misuse of firearms.
No, the mainstream press certainly would not wish to explain that an ex-cop who supports stringent gun control is now allegedly conducting a one-man terror wave, and is suspected in the shootings of several people, including three police officers. Three of the people he allegedly shot are dead, and he has vowed to up the body count.
Fortunately, Dorner hardly represents mainstream law enforcement any more than Oregon’s Timothy Cannon, but these cases do illustrate the fallacy of a current leading gun control argument, and the hypocrisy of the press. Notice there are literally thousands of good-guy cops and sheriff’s deputies (who are probably all pro-gun) actively looking for this guy to bring him down. Notice how they are armed. If they believe they need that kind of firepower against a lone criminal suspect, how does one justify depriving private citizens the same kind of personal protection when a killer is on the loose?
Friday morning in the Big Bear region of California, where the manhunt has focused since Dorner’s burned-out truck was discovered there, authorities were advising area residents to not answer their door unless they knew who was knocking. They cannot even suggest it is okay to answer if the person is a uniformed police officer because Dorner may be wearing his old police uniform.
There is one important caveat. Dorner is a rather large black fellow with bulging biceps and a shaved head, so it is probably okay to answer a doorbell for some policeman who is of average size, white, Asian or Hispanic, with a full head of hair, or if the uniform is being worn by a female officer or deputy.
How are people supposed to defend themselves against a muscular suspect who may be dressed like a cop, act like a cop and speak “fluent cop” because he was one, and is now considered armed and extremely dangerous?
There may be only one politically incorrect answer to that, and you can bet it will not be coming from Sen. Feinstein.
One suspects that the manhunt for Dorner is going to end badly, and that the firearms-related issues relevant to the case will be quickly swept aside.