Remember me asking what was so special about the Tucson shooting?
Well, what's so un-special about this?
11 Officers Shot in 24 Hours
Now, I realize that this is one of the possible outcomes when you pursue a career as a police officer. I also realize that it's really not that common. Another one of the stories that I am constantly retelling goes like so: A Secret Service agent visited my Russian I class back in high school and told us that, back in his days as a State Trooper, it wasn't getting shot he worried about, it was getting run over. (And I can buy that, seeing as very late last week we had two officers hit by drunk drivers in separate incidences on the same stretch of road, within hours of one another.)
I also realize that this wasn't eleven law enforcement officers being shot in one fell swoop, and that not all of them died (praise God!/(insert deity of your choice)), but still. This is far more indicative of a possible problem than a lone crazydude shooting up a gathering of folks.
And yet, we're not hearing about it on anywhere near the level we did the Tucson shooting. No one is calling for a toning down of the rhetoric directed at the police (not that I'm saying they should). The President isn't addressing the topic, nor is Congress. Hell, no one's even blaming Sarah Palin.
Par for the course, eh? I'm sure the only people we'll hear about this topic from are those who want to use it as an excuse for a gun grab. Of course, the real answer--keeping violent criminals the hell off the street, rather than paroling them--is not going to fall from anyone's lips.