From the piece:
Michael Oswald was armed with assault rifle he obtained legally and shot through the door of his second-story apartment in suburban Charleston just moments after five deputies knocked on his door Tuesday and identified themselves as officers, Sheriff Al Cannon said.
Some of the deputies fired back, and Oswald was hit by two of those bullets, Cannon said during a news conference. When authorities entered the apartment several hours later, Oswald was dead.
Deputy Joseph Matuskovic had several wounds including at least one round that went through his vest and may have been hit by some bullet fragments, Cannon said.
"That soft body armor is not really designed to stop that powerful a round," Cannon said.
Yes, our gun laws - or lack thereof - matter.
We decry the militarization of local police departments. But given the proliferation of guns we’ve allowed to go on unfettered for many years now, wanting even heavier equipment and more powerful weapons is not an unreasonable response by law enforcement officials.
Because we refuse to do anything serious about this proliferation, we are engaged in a dangerous, yet unnecessary internal arms race that puts more Americans at risk for no good reason.
It’s one of the many reasons why I say any real discussion about improving Bikefest in Myrtle Beach must include a good, hard look at our gun laws and gun culture.
From the piece:
But the city and those who are most outraged by Bikefest have to show courage, too, the kind I've yet to see. Despite the years-long history of traffic and behavior problems, Bikefest is topic No. 1 again in Myrtle Beach because of the multiple shootings, including a triple homicide, that occurred this past Memorial Day weekend.
I won't buy the city's contention that it was “Bikefest-related” until they offer real proof beyond speculation that those involved were here for the event. What event? Walking up and down Ocean Boulevard like other tourists?
And I will not be convinced that the city or Gov. Nikki Haley, who called for Bikefest to be ushered into history, are serious until they tackle Myrtle Beach's and South Carolina's gun culture and the proliferation of guns that has flooded our streets, making it possible for what happened during Memorial Day weekend to happen just about any other time as well.