Shootings at Clackamas Town Center near Portland, Oregon

by David Safier

According to early reports, two people are dead and three others were hit when a gunman fired 10-15 shots in Clackamas Town Center near Portland, OR, before his rifle jammed.

I taught for over 20 years at Clackamas High School, a short way from the shopping mall, so this feels very personal.

0 responses to “Shootings at Clackamas Town Center near Portland, Oregon

  1. Oh, I get it. Enact “stand your ground” laws, reclassify murders as “justifiable homicides,” and, voila, the murder rate is lower. Then, you can attribute the reduced murder rate to the concealed weapons statute. There’s only one problem — the victims, like Trayvon Martin, are still dead.

  2. “But since adopting a concealed carry law Florida’s total violent crime rate has dropped 32% and its homicide rate has dropped 58%. Floridians, except for criminals, are safer due to this law. And Florida is not alone. Texas’ violent crime rate has dropped 20% and homicide rate has dropped 31%, since enactment of its 1996 carry law.”

    http://www.humanevents.com/2009/01/26/concealed-carry-permits-are-life-savers/

    This would appear to contradict your assertion that “At no time has the technique of arming the citizenry to the teeth succeeded in reducing violence.”

  3. This is a prime example of how Americans address tough issues. There are somewhere north of 180 countries in the world and thousands of years of history to guide us. At no time has the technique of arming the citizenry to the teeth succeeded in reducing violence. There are, however, many societies today with stricter gun regulations and markedly lower murder rates. Yet, instead of looking at the empirical evidence, we debate theories.

    And it’s not just in this area that American arrogance reigns supreme. Take health care. When Taiwan sought to implement a health care system, it looked around the world and modeled its system after the country whose system seemed to show the best results (Canada, by the way). Have you ever seen our leaders look to other countries for guidance like Taiwan did? Almost never happens. American exceptionalism!

  4. When the number of people at the target location who are armed and ready to defend themselves reaches critical mass. Oregon (and most other states) has a very long way to go before that point is reached.

    http://www.a-human-right.com/

  5. When are these senseless shootings going to stop???