Let's just say she was right AGAIN.
After the mowing, I figured I wouldn't get out of that one scott-free...
Nice to know mothers are ALWAYS right, and that's a helluva legacy that lives on LONG after they've departed this mortal realm.
Still, we shall soldier on with our best dispatch.
So, let's check out what's happening today, shall we?
*** First up today, another police-action shooting, raising the overall homicide number to SEVENTEEN in the Summit City (again, JUSTIFIED) - this time up on the NORTH side of town (for a change).
FOUR officers off the role call for the next 5 days due to administrative leave.
Add that to the other TWO already on "admin" and we're SIX MORE officers under our required level (which we were already 21 UNDER to begin with).
Here's all the details:
ONCE before, around this same time LAST year, attempted to take his own life by shooting himself in the chest.
He failed that time...(like the guy that tried shooting himself in the head...and missed)
This time, he had some "help"...albeit impromptu in nature.
FWPD answered a suicide call yesterday around 0822 hrs, and entered a house in a neighborhood that, although is comprised of more "spacious" houses that sell for a lot more than OURS down here, reminded me of how OUR neighborhood USED to be a decade ago. When inside, gunfire was heard, and the police backed out of the place and sought cover.
The Wheatridge area, off of Cook Rd is NOT a place where anything like this happens with ANY regularity...AT ALL.
(must be the quality of the character of the PEOPLE that live there...probably damn near all upper working-class or professionals who are home-OWNERS)
(within the last 6 months), and this 22-year old, the recently-deceased Ryan Koontz, has had a history both with mental-health issues and breaking the law.
Anyway, after the police found cover, shots come from the garage, and a vehicle with the man inside backs out and attempts to run over the officers.
Around 30-40 rounds were exchanged, and the vehicle pulled into another driveway several houses away, where the man exited the vehicle.
After numerous attempts to get him to "put the weapon down" went to no avail, police shot and killed the man to prevent any harm to themselves or to innocents. Several houses were struck by rounds fired by the victim, and were still being gathered up into last night.
Based on the FACT that Ryan Koontz was a convicted FELON, that would pretty much wash him OUT of being able to waltz into, say Freedom Firearms, and get himself a "piece".
Gun shops DO perform B/G checks, but "interpersonal sales" are not, nor fairly much CANNOT be tracked.
Fir example - If "Joe Blow" has a gun, and wants to get rid of it - he got it from Billy Ballsey years ago who stole it from a house in another city - and finds a person like Ryan Koontz, BINGO...another illegal transfer of a firearm, and NO "gun-control" law would be able to catch that from the start.
The ONLY way the gun could be tracked is, unfortunately, when it shows up at the scene of a crime...after the fact.
"mind-altering" drug, which would explain whey he didn't go down RIGHT away after being shot at by FOUR officers (that's a good amount of rounds going downrange, and I would trust the officers' AIM a lot better than street thugs..ANY day).
That also explains the erratic behavior he exhibited before this scenario went down, but it doesn't answer a bigger question:
If he had mental stability problems, he was probably already ON some "mood-changing" drug to dissuade him FROM suicide...an anti-depressant, for example. Lithium carbonate comes to mind, and it's meant to "chill out" those with erratic behavioral shifts or manic-depression.
So, this STILL doesn't come down to a GUN problem, like Rusty York stated to the media. It was first and foremost a PEOPLE problem.
The gun was the "tool" used...like a hammer on a construction site.
If this boy was THAT unpredictable, WHY was he not institutionalized?
What drugs did the shrink have him on and would there be a chaotic interaction with "street pharms"?
Well, what we can conclude from all of this, is that if a person is BENT on suicide THAT deeply, it becomes that much more difficult to address.
I said yesterday that most suicides are white MALES, mostly in rural areas...well, this was more suburban than urban, so that profile fits to a large degree.
Only in THIS case...it would appear to be "suicide by cop" more than anything, and that's NOT the fault of ANY of the FWPD officers involved AT ALL.
When tasked with protecting the public, they risk getting shot by some crazed person, and come to realize that to neutralize the threat is ALWAYS in the best interest of the community they are hired TO protect...it's that simple, folks.
But, hey...that's just MY take on this. You decide for yourselves.
*** I was originally thinking of a great tie-in between Meatloaf, Transformers, and M&Ms, but I'd best leave that to our own online resident maestro of the six degrees, CWM!
MANDARIN, who enters Tony Stark's life and literally tears the hell out of it.
But, for ALL you silver-age comic aficionados out there getting sweaty palms, it's not THAT Mandarin.
The silver-age Marvel comics Mandarin had TEN POWER RINGS that did various stuff...like elemental control kinda things, and were supposed to be from a more mystical time.
That Mandarin was Chinese and lived in a huge mountain fortress, and bugged Iron Man incessantly.
|Yes, I DO own all three issues.|
That's when comics were a mere TWELVE CENTS per issue!
(God, I miss those days)
-- That story begins with Tony Stark testifying before Congress on WHO Iron Man is...well, he suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized.
It's there that doctors find his chest plate keeping him alive.
(not a miniature ARC reactor)
In order to keep up the Iron Man "appearances", Stark enlists his bodyguard, Happy Hogan to don the armor and fly around...until the Mandarin transports Hogan to his lair, where he beats the crap out of him.
The Mandarin thinks "Iron Man" is a pushover.
-- THIS Mandarin is basically a TERRORIST, using a super virus to control others (called EXTREMIS - developed by an agency called Advanced Idea Mechanics - an old foe of the silver-age Captain America).
The results to Extremis can be unpredictable, but are also used to the Mandarin's advantage.
Parts of that storyline are also explored in more recent comics.
This time, Stark has to come to grips with not being the "savior" of the USofA, and being soundly defeated, but with some help along the way, and his own personal asset of not being a QUITTER (and a billionaire genius to boot), things might just have a way of resolving themselves.
And while Jon Favreau does NOT direct this installment, and makes no bones about this maybe being the LAST movie for him, the franchise will always say otherwise, as...if you stay for the END of the credits (as you should always do) you will see the following:
TONY STARK WILL RETURN...!
Sure, it's ambiguous, but it WILL get you to come BACK, right?
(good marketing strikes again...lol)
|Sure, it's ostentacious...but it IS cool!|
And there's a new armor for Tony Stark as well, and some cool twists and turns to the ongoing mythology.
NOT be surprised if IRON MAN 3 is the top attraction for the next few weeks...!
I'll predict that much already for our favorite "shellhead".
Remember...heroes may sometimes FALL, but they are rarely if ever totally defeated.
Joseph Campbell (good author) reminds us of that often.
So, there you are...the weekend awaits you. Have at it.
Make it the best you can...I'll just rest up and try to kick this damn bug.
Stay SAFE out there, America.