Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shooting Near Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Holywood is a Reminder to All of Us

A lone unidentified gunman was killed by the Los Angeles police on Friday (December 9), after opening fire randomly on vehicles and pedestrians at a busy traffic intersection in Hollywood, critically injuring one person.

The shooting occurred on Sunset Boulevard at the junction with Vine Street, a few blocks away from Hollywood's tourist center around the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard.

COMMENT: The assailant reportedly was screaming, "Kill me ... I'm gonna die!" before a police officer shot and killed him. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time, although our readers will be kept abreast of new information on the incident.

For the benefit of our non-US readers, despite the fact that US residents can legally own handguns and long guns, as a result of the the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights, US police departments are among the best in the world when it comes to arresting or neutralizing people who pose a threat to others.

Actually, there are more citizens who die from medical malpractice in the US than die from being shot and killed by others.

Although some residents lie when applying to purchase a firearm, the majority do not. Actually, the US has some of the most rigorous firearms laws anywhere in the world. In my state of Michigan, for example, to purchase a handgun, an applicant must first apply through local law enforcement to purchase a handgun, and only after local, state and federal criminal histories come back negative, is the applicant permitted to purchase the firearm.

Despite the swiftness with which first responders can get to an emergency scene, travelers to the US should be cognizant that shootings do occasionally occur from time to time throughout the country, as they do in many other countries, and often to a greater extent.

If one hears gunfire anywhere, they should immediately get down and seek cover and concealment and notify police by calling 9-1-1.

As in other countries, I strongly recommend that all travelers carry an unlocked, quad-band cellular phone for emergencies. For such phones, it may be necessary to type in 9-1-1 into the speed dialer during your visit to the US.
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