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    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1772258/posts
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/...hooting22.html
    KENT -- Police say a gunman who opened fire in a busy Denny's restaurant Sunday, wounding five people, had fought with patrons, quickly returned with a gun and appeared to have fired randomly, causing terrified customers and employees to dive under tables.
    Police arrested two men in the early-morning shooting. They say the shooting suspect, a 23-year-old Kent man, had a .40- caliber semiautomatic pistol.
    The second man in custody was in the car with the suspect when he was arrested, just outside the restaurant and shortly after the shooting. He was also armed, but police do not believe he fired his weapon.
    All the victims -- four men and one woman -- were treated at hospitals. Police knew little of their injuries. One man was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. All had been customers; none was an employee.
    "It was clear there was pandemonium," Kent police Lt. Bruce Weissich said. He said he had watched a tape of the shooting recorded by a security camera in the restaurant.
    Weissich said it was unclear whether the gunman had known the people he had fought with before the shooting. But Weissich said the man, when he returned, did not point his gun at or approach anyone in particular.
    "I believe that the shooter's actions were more random than specific and directly focused."
    The rampage was the latest burst of gun violence in the region this month, which began New Year's Day in a crowded Skyway bowling alley with three people shot. That holiday weekend alone, Seattle police investigated three other unrelated shootings.
    On Jan. 3, a Tacoma high school student was killed in front of his locker. The next day, Seattle police shot a suspected car thief. Last week, Seattle police again drew their weapons, killing a suspected drug dealer in a shootout on Aurora Avenue.
    The violence, coupled with a sharp rise in gun-related aggravated assaults in Seattle last year, have prompted Seattle officials to urge state legislators to pass new gun-control measures this session.
    In Kent, police said the suspect had been in an altercation Saturday night at HD Hotspurs, a bar and restaurant more than a mile away. It was unclear how that incident was related, if at all, to the shooting.
    Shortly after 2 a.m., the man entered the Denny's at 1246 N. Central Ave. in Kent, police said. He got into a verbal tiff with some patrons, which escalated into a fistfight. At the time, there was a "good-sized crowd" at the 24-hour restaurant, Weissich said.
    In the chaos after the shooting, police struggled to determine the number of victims, because some had gone on their own to hospitals, including Valley Medical Center in Renton.
    But many witnesses stayed to help police identify the suspect, who was arrested without a fight.
    "The bystanders and witnesses were really helpful about pointing exactly where the suspect was, which was notable in that highly charged emotional scene," Chief Steve Strachan said.
    The suspect has a history of misdemeanors, including a fourth-degree, domestic-violence assault in August and a conviction for possession of stolen property. He is expected to be arraigned early this week.
    The restaurant remained closed Sunday. A local manager declined to comment and referred calls to a corporate spokesperson.
    The suspected shooter is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday afternoon.
    RECENT HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTINGS
    Jan. 17: A Seattle police officer was wounded in a shootout on Aurora Avenue North during which a suspected drug dealer was shot to death.
    Jan. 3: Samnang Kok, a 17-year-old student is killed at Henry Foss High School in Tacoma. Police believe a classmate shot him.
    Jan. 1: Three people were shot, prosecutors allege, by a woman at the crowded Skyway Park Bowl and Casino after a brawl. A 19-year-old Kent man was reportedly shot in a drive-by in the Central District and a 21-year-old man is found shot in the back and the head in Pioneer Square.
    Oct. 7, 2006: Daniel Allen Cullotti, 25, is shot to death by a 52-year-old man he attacked near Fourth Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle. Police say the shooting was an act of self-defense.
    July 28, 2006: Pamela Jean Waechter, 58, is slain and five other women wounded in a shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

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    The "Gun Guys" are using the incident as an excuse to close the so-called gun show "loophole".

    Interestingly, the "Gun Guys" have a headline that states "Denny’s Shooter Bought Gun on the Streets, Used It to Wound Five More information about the shooter who opened fire in the Denny’s"

    Nothing about "Denny's Shooter Bought Gun at Gun Show".

    http://www.gunguys.com/?p=1841


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    Here's a copy of the email I just sent them:
    Just read your story at http://www.gunguys.com/?p=1841 about the Kent Denny's shooting, and I found one thing you said to be quite objectionable:

    "Or it could have come from a gun show, where paperwork on gun sales are not required."

    That is absolutely not true. You write frequently on gun issues (duh!), so how can you be unaware of the _true_ situation regarding gun shows in Washington State, namely:

    Laws regarding background checks at gun shows are EXACTLY the same as they are anywhere else--anyone in the business of selling firearms MUST perform a background check, just the same as if they were doing the sale in their regular place of business, whereas a private citizen does NOT need to do a background check NOR to carry out the transfer via a dealer, no differently than if they were conducting the sale at home or any other place.

    If you want to advocate that state laws should be changed so that all private sales must go through a dealer, go ahead and do so, but please don't muddy the waters by claiming that gun shows are some kind of background-check-free zone! -Kirk
    Any bets on what kind of reply I get, if any?

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    The "Gun Guys" is operated by someone who is paid to write anti-gun ownership propaganda. I wouldn't waste your time on them. The purpose of the web site is to intentionally misrepresent facts.

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    No reason to not call him on it!

    I did get a reply, something to the effect of, "What's to stop a gun dealer from going to a gun show and claiming he's just a private citizen?"

    I've already sent my reply, but maybe we could have a contest here to come up with the best one!


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    How about passing anger control laws instead? You must pay for a license in order to exercise your anger and it can only be exercised at home by yourself where you can't hurt anyone. But absolutely can there be no carrying of anger in public.

    LOL!

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