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Brownsville Shooting

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

Whatcha’ think?

7 Responses to “Brownsville Shooting”

  1. Hobbes93 said

    What were the circumstances of the shooting?

    • Basically he had a pellet-gun on campus, but the gun looked like a real gun. Police were contacted and the school went into a lockdown, similar to the secured facility drills we have on campus. Police approached Jaime and told him to put down the weapon, but apparently Jaime waved it around a bit wildly and the police then shot him. That’s a lot of oversimplification, but it’s the gist of it.

  2. hvbithsbrtkg said

    this is incredibly sad, i feel for bad for jaime and his family. even though there are these quotes about him being “willing to die” and him being asked if it was a gun and responding yes. It still was a child that was part of this , he was only 15 and whatever the case was for him, and taking the bb gun to school. There should be a law that requires all fake guns to have the orange point at the end, in order to prevent cases from this happening again.

  3. Shabbur said

    This is why those guns should have a better way to id them. Orange tips aren’t enough. Also the police should stop being retarded. And I can probably say that it wasn’t a mistake.

    • Shabbur said

      But he shouldn’t have been shot.

      • Wizard said

        You have someone wave what you think is a real gun at you, then you can say that people are stupid for shooting. All of this angsty teenage bullshit that cops are all horrible is stupid. The kid was waving a gun around and he pointed it at them when he was told to lower it. Suicide by police. The kid obviously had some stuff wrong with him, so that sucks, but you can’t blame the police in this situation.

  4. How would one define a fake gun? Anything that doesn’t use powder? I know for a fact the air guns can be more powerful that a .22. My uncle has one that he shoots possums with, it kills them, plain and simple. And I’m also sure that this kid knew the implications of bringing anything that even resembles a firearm on campus. Yes, it is tragic that a 15 year old died for the wrong reasons, but I don’t think that the officers should be put on administrative leave for it, they acted as they were trained to act, there was a perceived threat to everyone’s safety, so that threat was eliminated. I think that before anyone starts to judge the officers based on their actions, you should stop and think about how you would react if you thought someone was going to shoot you, but you had the power to stop that? It’s just some food for thought.

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