The story coming out of California is that a pro-Israel rally turned violent when a group of Palestine supporters approached a pro-Israel demonstration in Los Angeles Sunday and, well, predictably erudite discussion and debate on the situation in the Middle East ensued. The situation, ironically similar to what’s going on in the holy land at the moment, was at a flashpoint when a federal agent got involved and fired his weapon . . .
The altercation Sunday evening grew out of a shouting match between the occupants of two vehicles that escalated when several people from one vehicle were assaulted by suspects in the other, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.
An officer of the Federal Protective Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who witnessed the assault intervened and fired his weapon, but no one was hit by gunfire or otherwise injured, Sheriff’s Sergeant Carmen Arballo said.
Predictably, the officer in question hasn’t been named.
A Federal Protective Service spokeswoman in Washington, Jacqueline Yost, said the officer fired one shot from his service weapon in an attempt to stop the four suspects as they were trying to flee the scene in a vehicle.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident by his agency, and an investigation by the Los Angeles sheriff’s office, Yost said.
Thus is revealed once more the double standard with defensive gun uses in California. A police officer fires a warning shot and, relatively speaking, no one bats an eye. But if a citizen uses a firearm for the same purpose, everyone loses their minds and it becomes an argument for the abolition of civilian owned firearms.