Friday, February 17, 2017

Scary Guns

(Photo of Royal High School from Copter 3 during Wednesday incident)

A fake rifle used by the drill team at Royal High School in Simi Valley touched off a tense morning for students, teachers and parents Wednesday.

School authorities and police received a report around 8:20 AM that a person carrying a rifle was seen on campus.
That prompted a lockdown not only of Royal High but also Santa Rose of Lima Catholic school across the street.
Royal Avenue and other streets were closed while the Simi Valley SWAT team scoured the campus looking for the "gunman."

The sheriff's Copter 3 and media helicopters swirled overhead and worried parents waited nearby.
Then, around midday, after the SWAT team and searched for the suspect, investigators determined that the "gunman" who was seen was actually a member of the Royal High School Drill Team, and the rifle was actually a ceremonial fake gun used by the drill team and not a real firearm.

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So many things had to happen for this to occur.  

37 comments:

Mike said...

Sacramento is no doubt drafting legislation to ban drill teams as we speak..

Lawyerliz said...

Seems like some response might be appropriate, by this is maybe over the top.

Lawyerliz said...

You got mudslides?

LBD said...

Better safe then sorry. I think the fake guns should be stored on campus not carried around.

Lawyerliz said...

Yep

Lawyerliz said...

Will all the rocks and cement dumped on oroville spillway need to be remove again when they do non emergency repairs?

Walt Tucker said...

I live in a condo with aluminium stubs and sheet rock walls. The high rise around the corner is similar. Two weeks a resident heard a noise and couldn't
identify it until she went to bed and found a slug embedded in her bed frame and a bullet hole in the wall. Once more condo residents realize that some bullets can pass through the sheet rock from a adjoining unit, things should get interesting. Our building doesn't allow firearms on the premises.

Yeah, right...

Lawyerliz said...

Walt! Hi. Welcome. Sorry you were impelled to post by gun violence.

Lawyerliz said...

I think I would Want a bulletproof vest around my bed At least

Rob Dawg said...

Trader W welcome. Laid back and less political. You should enjoy this place. Pull up a log and put a marshmallow over the fire. Summer camp for adults and with booze.

Walt Tucker said...

Thanks for the welcome.

TJandTheBear said...

The demonization of guns continues. They're conditioning the snowflakes to freak out at the very sight of anything remotely gun-like. Meanwhile, I doubt any of those snowflakes have a clue about the second amendment.

Walt Tucker said...

The demonization of guns continues.

I was just posting about what actually happened around the corner from where I live.
But I agree with you. If your neighbor fires a bullet unexpectedly into your bedroom you might freak.

Sorry about posting posting actual events that occurred.

Lawyerliz said...

PEople with guns who shoot them off at random have demonized the guns and themselves too. And if not at random, even worse! Is self defense ok, if you are likely to take down an innocent?

Lawyerliz said...

Actually, I don't think that there is anything so awful that a shooter or 100 shooters can do which would change any one who is pro gun's minds.

Lawyerliz said...

How much rain have you got, Rob?

LBD said...

Good Morning!

The bigger problem more then guns is the sick mind. Take guns away and a different method will be used.

Walt Tucker said...

I think that gun laws are a local issue. One law doesn’t “fit everybody”. As Bill Clinton said, people who don’t live in the city are apt to depend on guns for protection because less densely populated areas “stretch” the effectiveness of law enforcement capabilities. Also residents in these areas are much more likely to know how to handle guns and use them for their many uses like hunting. And other residents in the area know and respect their “carrying” neighbors and feel safe around them. Many urban residents don’t have the training or know how and don’t need guns as much. The incident I published yesterday points out the different housing structures with different residential densities require different policing and gun policies. Single family housing, for instance, can offer a greater degree of protection from intrusive gun violence than an urban condo which is often only separated from the adjoining residence and its occupants by a sheet rock wall. ( I doubt that many non urban dwellers would rent out a spare bedroom to a hard drinking armed tenant who would be only a sheet rock wall away from the owner’s bedroom.)

LBD said...

I appears to me it would be easy to determine what apartment the shot cam from and the law should take it from there.

Mike said...

yeah i view it like if some drunk driver were to ram his car into your house..you don't ban cars..you punish the driver

Lawyerliz said...

See?

Lawyerliz said...

On a hopefully happier note, there is a launch scheduled in 15 minutes of the Falcon 9 with a Dragon capsule with stuff for the space station. Watching preliminaries on tv and then will run out to front yard to see in person. No holds.

Lawyerliz said...

Many light clouds however.

Lawyerliz said...

Also a couple of problems on stage 2. Countdown continues.

Lawyerliz said...

No go. Tomorrow.

Mike said...

how much are we spending on that dumb Space Station anyways??

Mike said...

just looked it up...$50 billion it has cost the US ($100 billion total)

Mike said...

approx $500 per taxpayer..I want my money back

LBD said...

I will take mine in gold please.

Walt Tucker said...

"I appears to me it would be easy to determine what apartment the shot cam from and the law should take it from there."

It sounds simple. But if you're seriously wounded or dead, the law can't fix the situation. The goal is prevention. Local residents chose safety over gun rights.

You probably would chose gun rights over safety. Like I said, it's a local issue and you and I should be free to chose what's best for us.

As that great jurist Sly Stone once said "Different strokes for different folks"

Rob Dawg said...

No rain totals yet as it is still raining!

From my perspective. Remember the blog is named Exurban Nation. The Density/guns issue doesn't hinge on the guns but the density. Packing people too close causes all kinds of consequences. It is that we should address.

Lawyerliz said...

True. Like packed rats that get mean. Still.

Walt Tucker said...

"Packing people too close causes all kinds of consequences. It is that we should address"

My neighbors enjoy living in a high density urban environment because of the many conveniences, opportunities and the diversity it offers. We don't believed that we are "packing people too close" here. And again I think it's up to us not you to decide what is "too close". Again different strokes...

Walt Tucker said...

A new 45 story upscale condo building about a block away is about 40 % occupied after only about 2 months. All the people who bought there that I know (3 people....) are "empty nesters"from the suburbs. Admittedly it's a small sample and they were all walking their dogs like I was. They have spent a lot of money betting that people aren't packed too closely around here (yet).

A new 20 story rental a block further away is having trouble renting and has is paying double commissions to brokers. In the other direction a 30 story rental building seems to be pretty much full after being open for 7 months or so.

Rob Dawg said...

Being able to chose a comfortable density is fine right up until it infringes on other peoples' choices. Density requires a lot of expensive infrastructure. Buses, light rail, subway. Why won't the users pay for it? Even a small fraction? Where does the new landfill go? Let's vote on it. Yeah, right.

Walt Tucker said...

I agree.
http://www.keypolicydata.com/government/federal-taxes-and-spending/

FTA,
"...An area may be subject to high levels of federal taxation that makes it difficult to receive more than they pay. For instance, since the federal income tax code is significantly progressive (meaning tax rates rise with income), high cost-of-living areas such as New York City or Chicago pay a disproportionate amount in taxes. Such areas would be deemed a “net payer” of money to Uncle Sam."

Chicago residents pay more in federal taxes than the city receives. Urban myths live on...

Elizabeth Merceret said...

And red states get the money.