Posted by Mr. Earhart on January 9, 2012
By now most of you have heard about the shooting that occurred in Brownsville, Texas last Wednesday. For those that missed it, a middle-school student was shot by local police in response to 911 call. 15-year old 8th grader, Jaime Gonzalez, Jr. was shot by police after brandishing what authorities believed was a handgun, but was, in actuality a pellet-gun.
There is no denying that this is a tragedy for all involved in the incident. But I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this incident, primarily in relation to this:
The death has shocked this southern Texas border city, but it was only the latest in a series of shootings involving realistic-looking BB guns and pellet guns. In recent years, dozens of police officers in Texas, California, Maryland, Florida and elsewhere have shot children and adults armed with what they believed were handguns but that were determined later to be BB guns or other types of air pistols.
Jaime’s weapon, a Umarex SA177, was a .177-caliber, carbon dioxide-powered gun that shoots steel BBs and that has a metal slide with a plastic frame. It had no markings suggesting it was an air pistol. A federal law requires toy firearms and so-called airsoft guns — low-impact weapons used by the police in training and by hobbyists in outdoor games — to have an orange tip at the end of the barrel. But the law does not apply to pellet and BB guns like the one Jaime had. Click Here for the Complete Story