A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, March 27, 2006

Defenseless in Seattle

Early in the morning on March 25,2006, Kyle Huff returned to an all night party. He spray painted "NOW" on the sidewalk as he carried a shotgun and two bandoliers of 12 gauge ammo. Once inside, he went about creating a massacre of the party for no readily apparent reason. Huff's last act, when confronted by Steve Leonard, a sworn officer of the law, was to blow his own brains out with his shotgun. Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb stated police found an "assault rifle", multiple "banana clips" carrying 30 bullets each, a machete and several hundred more rounds of ammunition in Huff's automobile. Whitcomb said the gunman was "extremely dangerous" and it was fortunate there were not more victims.

Four young men and two young women were killed and two people were hospitalized in serious condition. The city of Seattle, in it's shock and grief, wonders what could have averted this tragedy. Seattle's Chief of Police, Gil Kerlikowske, has long been a fierce proponent of gun control. In fact, he was honored the previous day by CeaseFire, a radical anti-gun organization, for his diligence in opposing the second amendment.

Kyle Huff was charged with felony criminal mischief in 2000 after shooting a statue with a shotgun at an art exhibit. Kyle Huff was should have been a felon. Possessing a shotgun was should have been illegal for him. It was should have been illegal for him to possess a shotgun. Every weapon found in his car, if possessed by Huff, was should have been illegal. Gun control legislation did not persuade Kyle Huff not to obtain firearms. Gun control legislation did not dissuade Kyle Huff from going on a mad rampage. Only an armed officer of the law arriving on the scene stopped this massacre. Seven people died in Seattle, and more were injured and scarred for life. Anti-gun legislation did nothing to stop it.

This massacre was stopped by an armed response. Steve Leonard did not stop this massacre. An officer of the law did not stop this massacre. Only an armed response, by Steve Leonard, a sworn officer of the law stopped this massacre. If one, only one, of these party goers had been sober with a concealed handgun, the mass murderer could have been stopped sooner. Perhaps his would have been the only life lost that night.

But Chief Kerlikowske wants those evil guns off the streets. What is lost on Kerlikowske and others like him is the guns are not evil. The people wielding them can be though. An evil person armed with a firearm will not be stopped by legislation. They will not be deterred by legislation. They will only be stopped by an armed response.

Update:
On Nov. 21, 2000, police arrested Kyle Huff for shooting downtown sculptures with a shotgun and a handgun. Originally charged with felony criminal mischief, the charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and small a fine. Link. The relevant passages above have thus been altered.

Seven dead, two injured. Huff had to reload at some time during his rampage. One armed citizen...........

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Anonymous Sgt. Saunders Chicago Police Dept. said...

Yup, I agree. A damn shame. Of course the liberal lefist elitists who know more than I do about what I or anybody else need to defend ourselves will never admit this nor will they admit that a Police Officer ended the confrontation.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sterno said...

The "social engineers" are ruining this country. To them, it was the officers "special tactical training" that makes it possible for him to stop the threat and impossible for anyone else to do it.

And of course, if the killer had no access to guns, he would have decided to sit home and crochet and not just used a knife or made a bomb.

Makes me sick. Everytime I hear or read a story like this, I go buy more ammo.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people at fault for the "non-self-defense" aspect are the party-goers. Fortunately (and despite the liberal reputation of Washington) it "is" a "shall-issue" state, and it is pretty easy to get a CCW.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Standard Mischief said...

"...admit that a Police Officer ended the confrontation."

Uh yea, "ended the confrontation" by "showing up". He committed suicide, he just did it when the police showed up. It wasn't even "blue suicide". He killed himself when the first non-defenseless person showed up. I'm not bashing the police here, but they did nothing noteworthy besides saying "Freeze!".

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002892035_guns27m.html

In response to the Capitol Hill rampage, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske described the weapon as "not for hunting purposes, but for hunting people."

Ah yes, the one thing I regard as the very best home defense firearm is only good for “hunting people”. He never misses a chance to demonize guns.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous R.J. said...

Gil Kerlikowske was "honored...by CeaseFire...for his diligence in opposing the second amendment."

Well, there it is, folks! Whether it was deliberate on the part of the reporter, or a Freudian slip, they want to abolish the Second Amendment. It's not about crime control, or gun "safety", or any other of those "feel good" reasons; it's about usurping power by rendering us defenseless!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous R.J. said...

And, BTW, didn't he use a 12 ga. shotgun? How is that not a weapon for "sporting purposes"?

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Standard Mischief said...

...12 ga. shotgun? How is that not a weapon for "sporting purposes"?

because someone took the stock off and added a pistol grip, instantly tranforming a fine sporting firearm into a home defense shot^H^H^H^H^H evil tool useful only to hunt humans.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Ke-Wa said...

Xavier,

Great article. I am writing a short paper for a class on your blog and would like a bit more information. I thought I read somewhere that Seattle has some pretty harsh gun control laws. Can you verify and document that for me please? I would not know where to begin to look.

If I am right about Seattle, their gun laws didn't do a thing to prevent this tragedy. I love your point about it being stopped by an armed response. A police officer without a gun would have been another casualty.

On a side note, why is it that police officers are allowed to defend themselves with guns, but citizens in many parts of our country are not allowed that same right? Wanna hear some irony? I am a new gun owner(9 months now)because my life was threatened by a Mormon who claimed to be a retired Texas ranger!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seattle doesn't have harsh gun laws Seattle is in Washington state and you can look up Washington gun laws on packing.org

12:03 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Ke-wa,
Citizens throughout the US are allowed to defend their lives with guns or anything else they have at hand if their lives are in jeopardy. It is just in some states carrying a gun or owning certain guns is resricted.

In Seattle, the laws are actually quite good, as they are throughout Washington State. Seattle does have a misinformed police chief who never fails to side with the anti-gun groups on every issue though. It was HIS way of thinking that allowed this tragedy to happen, and your way of thinking that could have stopped it. This is more than a legal issue. It is a way of thinking isue.

Packing.org has mucho grande information on the subject and legal aspects of carry. If a person is going to own a gun for self defense, whether they carry it or not, it is incumbent on them to know exactly what the laws of their area state, how they are interpreted, and the person's place inside the legal framework as well as their own personal views beyond. As you use that weapon, so will your life be.

Here's hoping you never have to fire a shot in anger.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Lynn Hayes said...

Thanks for your research - I had also found that link to Kyle Huff having been stopped in Colorado County (Texas), but nothing about what happened to him after that or why he didn't serve jail time. I've posted an astrological profile of Kyle Huff in an effort to understand the dissonance between his "humble and quiet" persona and this horrific crime.

6:54 AM  
Blogger OXEN said...

That's F'ed up that he wasn't convicted of a felony for his moose shooting.

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r.j.- And, BTW, didn't he use a 12 ga. shotgun? How is that not a weapon for "sporting purposes"?

Technically according to the law a pistol grip shotgun (with out a stock) isn't even a shotgun.


USC 18 921(5) The term ''shotgun'' means a weapon designed or redesigned,
made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder


Since you can't fire it from the shoulder it's not a shotgun.

And a side note, you have to be 21 to buy one.

7:24 AM  
Blogger OXEN said...

Oh and this is funny.

Take a look at the description of the "KILLER'S ARSENAL"

Note the shotgun's caption.

"Winchester Model 1300 Defender with pistol grip -
This 12-gauge pump-action shotgun has an eight-shot magazine and can fire three shots in less than a minute."


WOW!! THREE SHOT IN UNDER A MINUTE!!

That's some blazing speed there.

The last time I heard someone firing three shots in under a minute was during a documentary on the Revolutionary War.

Actually according to Winchester you can fire three shots from a defender in 1.5 SECONDS. With some practice.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Sgt. Saunders CPD said...

I didn't say that the Officer fired his weapon. His using or not using his weapon are irrelevant. His mere presence however brought the situation to a happy ending (as far as the shooter is concerned). And the point I was trying to make was not about who or how the situation ended but the fact that I have not heard very much from the newsmedia about this incident other than to use it as another example of why the 2nd should be repealed.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Ke-Wa said...

*sigh* I think this guy needs to read this blog.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/264593_robert28.html

==Begin quote==
The National Rifle Association wraps itself in the Second Amendment and bullies anyone who disagrees.
==End quote==

If this is true, then it is also true that the columnist who wrote it wraps himself up in the first amendment and attempts to bully anyone who disagrees with him. The availability of the gun didn't kill those people. A twisted mind with a gun did. And to reiterate Xavier's point, a clear mind with a gun ended the tragedy.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Ke-Wa said...

Ok, how do I post the link? For some reason the whole url did not copy.

11:29 AM  
Blogger OXEN said...

Blame the guns -- and a culture that celebrates firepower.

I had to FORCE myself to read past that line.

There's so much wrong with that article I don't know where to begin.

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12:02 PM  

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