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Another Guy in California Who Should Not Have a Gun: Hollywood Shootout

Posted on the 12 December 2011 by Mikeb302000
Of course the gunloonz would insist that we should never deny people like this  (or anyone else) their 'precious' 2nd Amendment rights, because guns are inanimate objects, that don't hurt people; people do that -- with guns.
They would have us believe their 2nd Amendment rights - incorrectly interpreted - are more important than the lives of everyone else.
If guns were more difficult to obtain, it is far less likely that this man would have had one. If guns were less prevalent, it is far less likely that this event would have occurred.  If guns were not idolized in gun lunatic fantasies, as some empowering equalizer, impulsive events like this would be far less likely to take place.
Just to call attention to one more aspect of this incident - it was the police who stopped the shooting, and their response time was very quick.  It was the use of a cell phone which was successful, not a civilian firearm.
If there were far fewer firearms, incidents like this would be far more rare, and distraught people like the shooter could be getting help for their problems instead of being dead.  And those he injured would be more likely to be well, not harmed.
From the LA Times:

Hollywood shootout: Gunman's motive a mystery

December 12, 2011 |  6:59 am increase text size decrease text size LAPD officers run with guns drawn to the suspected gunman after the shooting spree on Vine Street in Hollywood
A motive remains elusive for a 26-year-old man who randomly fired on pedestrians and motorists in Hollywood on Friday, hitting a music producer in the face before being fatally shot by LAPD officers.
Tyler Brehm had recently broken up with his girlfriend, but authorities say they don't know if that is the motive behind the attack.
The couple moved into a Hollywood apartment complex about a month ago, neighbor Ermelinda Benitez confirmed to The Times. She described an incident about two weeks ago in which she saw Brehm in the hallway, banging on the door to his and girlfriend's unit. Benitez presumed the two were fighting and said Brehm was carrying a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be a comforter or blanket inside.
Friends in Pennsylvania, where Brehm grew up, were shocked by the violence. They described him as an athletic, friendly person.“I last saw him about a year or two ago,” his former high school coach, Greg Clippinger, told the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.  “He was very friendly. When I heard the news, I was shocked. I wonder how things got that far and how he could do this. It didn’t seem like Tyler. He always seemed to value life and had a lot going for him. I said a prayer for him.”
"When you walk down the street shooting at people that's probably when you expect that you are going to die," friend Christina Mesropian told KABC-TV. "He was most probably asking for it."
Girlfriend Alicia Alligood, 24, said  that she and Tyler Brehm, 26, dated for four years before breaking up. In an interview with KTLA News, she described Brehm as "really stressed out lately" and said he'd recently started taking pharmaceutical drugs, which she called surprising because she didn't know him to use hard drugs. 
LAPD sources said that at about 10:20 a.m., Brehm began firing a .40-caliber handgun in the air and menacing motorists in a McDonald's parking lot before walking toward the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. Just south of Sunset, he fired several shots at a silver Mercedes-Benz coupe. The driver, music industry executive John Atterberry, was struck by three bullets in the neck and face.
PHOTOS: A deadly scene in a Hollywood intersection
Brehm began walking into the bustling intersection, still firing into the air and at cars. Witnesses described a frenzied scene that some initially thought the shooting was part of a movie being filmed in the area. But once the sound of bullets striking cars filled the air, pedestrians sprinted away, dashing inside businesses and jumping over walls.
Several car windows were shot out. Drivers sped off or made U-turns, trying to avoid the gun-wielding Brehm, who wore sunglasses and was dressed in dark pants and a white tank top. An onlooker in a nearby building shouted at Brehm, trying to distract him. Some of the rampage was captured in videos and photos.
The shooting ended after about three minutes, when two LAPD officers, including an off-duty motorcycle officer working on a nearby movie set, confronted Brehm and ordered him to drop his gun.
Alligood said that she and Brehm went to junior high and high school together.  She called him a "humanitarian" and said he wanted to "change the world for the better."

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