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Darrant Williams Shot and Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Darrant Williams, Denver Broncos cornerback, was in a Hummer limousine when someone pulled up along side and sprayed it with gunfire. Darrant was killed while his other two passengers were injured:

A little after 2 a.m., a white Hummer limousine was sprayed with bullets from a vehicle that pulled up along its side, said Sonny Jackson, spokesperson for the Denver Police Department.


Three people in the limousine were hit and were taken to area hospitals, where one man was pronounced dead, Jackson said. The other man and woman who were shot were not identified.

Jackson said police were searching for the suspects and interviewing witnesses.

"We have no motive yet," Jackson said. "We're hoping to talk with witnesses to find out where they were coming from, and that might give us some clues."

Saccomano said he spoke with coach Mike Shanahan and others in the organization.

"Complete shock. We're speechless. It takes words away. A terrible tragedy," Saccomano said.


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One possibility:Th... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

One possibility:

This is a gang related initiation, with no relation to the victims. A bunch of hoods with guns and a big white target. When punishment begins to fit the crime, we will see a decrease in this type of activity. If they catch the shooter(s), Sadam's end would seem appropriate.

Killed in a gas-guzzling Hu... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Killed in a gas-guzzling Hummer, huh? I suppose you conservatives are going to blame this on environmentalist gang-members.

Another one bites the dust, shot to death because the conservatives value their own rights to keep handguns, uzis, bazookas, whatever, above the rights of others to live. Alas, too bad for Mr. Williams that conservatives are incapable of understanding that no one would die by the gun (e.g., get killed in a drive-by), if no one had a gun.

Herman, you are an idiot. ... (Below threshold)

Herman, you are an idiot. More people die on the roadways than from people who choose to use guns to kill. You want to take automobiles away from people now? (Don't answer that, I know you do, given your stupid comment about Hummers.)

Conservatives are not to blame for this you moron. The murderers are. STFU.

Herman:I've got a ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Herman:

I've got a feeling that your not in Kansas anymore.

Funny thing, Herman, it has... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Funny thing, Herman, it hasn't worked out that way in either Australia or the UK. Seems killings are up, because...

Criminals don't obey the law. They'll use whatever they can get their hands on.

Damn shame, isn't it? If only they'd be law abiding, the world would be so much better...

Herman,Do you beli... (Below threshold)
Sputnik:

Herman,

Do you believe the weapon(s) used were legally purchased? Honestly?

Herman:<... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Herman:


Killed in a gas-guzzling Hummer, huh? I suppose you conservatives are going to blame this on environmentalist gang-members.
Another one bites the dust, shot to death because the conservatives value their own rights to keep handguns, uzis, bazookas, whatever, above the rights of others to live. Alas, too bad for Mr. Williams that conservatives are incapable of understanding that no one would die by the gun (e.g., get killed in a drive-by), if no one had a gun.

So you actually believe that laws prevent people from doing something ? Laws are NOT preventative. They provide a determent and a method of recourse for the victim(s) NOT prevention.

I'm assuming Colorado already has laws against murder, but apparently the perpetrators disregarded that law. Are you really expecting anyone with basic reasoning skills to believe that if there were a law against owning guns that the perpetrators, who apparently had no problem violating the law against murder, would have obeyed a law possessing a gun ?

Why is that liberals (Herman) can't differentiate between intent and actual result ?

Herman, oh Herman!!??? How... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Herman, oh Herman!!??? How's the drug war going that has made it illegal to have...... Oh, never mind.

Chicago has one of the most... (Below threshold)
Langtry:

Chicago has one of the most extensive gun control laws in the world: yet, in certain areas of the city, we have nightly drive-by shootings. Dallas, on the other hand, has concelealed carry laws and one of the softest gun control schemes in the world: Dallas also has one of the lowest rates of firearm-related crime in the United States.

Much as we would like to think gun control is the prescription for ending gun violence, empirical evidence shows that it merely takes guns out of the hand of law-abiding citizens, whilst simultaneously strengthening the power of those in possession of firearms despite gun control laws (criminals, "gang bangers" and the like). But, as Herman so ably demonstrates, let's not let facts get in the way of self-indulgent, emotional, anecdotal advocacy!

USMC Pilot:<bl... (Below threshold)
Langtry:

USMC Pilot:

"This is a gang related initiation, with no relation to the victims. A bunch of hoods with guns and a big white target.
You are right on the likely motive behind the murder of Darrant Williams: however, Williams was African-American, not causcasian. More and more, the victims of gang crime are middle-class Americans of all races. Had Williams been in a less attractive car (a limo) he would have attracted less attention and perhaps been spared being the attractive target of gang-bangers with itchy trigger-fingers.
I read this early this morn... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I read this early this morning and all I can say is this was bound to happen sooner than later. Too many young athletes with too much money and too much free time to spend it in all the wrong places. I feel for the kid, his family and the Broncos organization, just a sad, yet preventable tragedy.

This isn't the first time (Steelers' LB Joey Porter shot in the butt; Seahawks' Ken Hamlin nearly having his brain bashed in at nightclub down in Seattle's Pioneer Square, come immediately to mind), and it won't be the last.

"Herman,"<i... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Herman,"

"Do you believe the weapon(s) used were legally purchased? Honestly?"

All guns start out as legally purchased weapons, and only after their initial legal purchase are they stolen by and/or sold to criminals... or do you believe that criminals break into gun factories and steal the guns before they are first sold, Sputnik?

The right to bear arms is an outdated concept that needs to be re-thunk -- rather like Sputnik's knee-jerk blurt suggesting that guns leave the factory illegally.

Anyone know of a study sho... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Anyone know of a study showing how mnay homicides in blue cities, and in red cities?

Philly had about 400 murders in 06, and the blk dem mayor barely mentions crime, homicide, etc. He did however serve notice during his last campaign that he didn in fact intend to direct city contracts to his political donors.

Shows what important to him and his ilk.

/pines for the good old day... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

/pines for the good old days before guns when there were no murders.

I wonder if smucks like Lee consider the 18th Amendment a success.

Anyone know of a ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Anyone know of a study showing how mnay homicides in blue cities, and in red cities?

I haven't seen it summarized. However, the following site has a ranking of cities from most liberal to most conservative.

Detriot, MI is listed as most liberal. Provo, UT is listed as the most conservative.

According to http://www.city-data.com, Detroit, MI had 354 murders / 100k in 2005.
According to http://www.city-data.com, Provo, UT had 3 murders / 100k in 2005.

Detroit's murder rate was more than 1000% of Provo's.

Using the two sites and a little time, one could easily construct such a list.

For some reason, the first ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

For some reason, the first site wasn't included in the above post.

http://votingresearch.org/USAliberalcities.pdf

Detroit's murder r... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:
Detroit's murder rate was more than 1000% of Provo's

Waiting for one of our trolls to suggest that those evil conservatives in Provo commute to Detroit to do their shooting.

Lee, which of those other p... (Below threshold)

Lee, which of those other pesky Constitutional Amendments would you like to do away with while you're establishing your totalitarian state? Freedom of Speech? Search and Seizure? Or are you working on removing Amendment IX now?

Spoken like a true dinosaur... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Spoken like a true dinosaur, Tom. For the record, I'm not for revisiting any other amendments besides the second.

And no, you can't replace it with a marriage or flag-buring amendment, but thanks for checking in.

The Conserva-saurous is such an interesting, albeit slow-moving and slow-thinking creature....

Nice try, Lee. You can't j... (Below threshold)

Nice try, Lee. You can't just pick and choose rights as you see fit, and that was the point of my sarcastic comment. Of course, you missed the sarcasm. Did *I* say we should add a marriage or flag burNing (this "dinosaur" knows how to spell, but you probably committed a typo) amendment?

But then, it's OK for you to consider removing one, but not for others to consider adding one in your selective, exclusive but "forward-thinking" world.

Liberals like you just love to be picky about people's rights, and then call it "progressive" thinking. I'll take speaking like a "true dinosaur" over usurping people's rights any day of the week. Your hypocrisy is very entertaining, as usual.

"You are right on the likel... (Below threshold)

"You are right on the likely motive behind the murder of Darrant Williams: however, Williams was African-American, not causcasian."

Langtry, I think USMC Pilot was referring to the color of the stretch Hummer, not the race of the victims. Odds are the shooter(s) couldn't see inside the vehicle when they fired.

Lee,I'm sure you u... (Below threshold)
Sputnik:

Lee,

I'm sure you understood the question I was really asking. But I'll ask again and try to be a bit more clear:

Do you believe the person or persons who performed the shooting purchased the weapon(s) legally?


"All guns start out as legally purchased weapons, and only after their initial legal purchase are they stolen by and/or sold to criminals..."

"...rather like Sputnik's knee-jerk blurt suggesting that guns leave the factory illegally."

Again, I don't believe you really thought that was what I was suggesting...but since you brought it up:

Over 300 guns and revolvers stolen from near Nimes, France

That would indicate your usage of the word "All" above was a bit of knee-jerking of your own.

I think that it ought to be... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

I think that it ought to be "re-thunk" to let old "pucker puss" (lee lee ) speak much less take a breath.

Well, for all those who kno... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Well, for all those who know squat about Mr Williams and jump to the conclusion that Yet Another Pro Athlete involved in gangs etc.. should bother to find out. Mr. Williams was very anti-gang. In a loud and public way. His plans post-season were to return to Ft Worth to work with the various youth services on curbing gang membership of inner-city youths.

Faith+1:You are ab... (Below threshold)

Faith+1:

You are absolutely right, and what is getting lost in all this discussion is someone tragically lost their life. It's a sad and ironic storyline to see that he'll be a martyr to the causes he championed. I'm still shocked at this news.

Faith+1: I don't think any ... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Faith+1: I don't think any of the other commenters were suggesting that. I see two possibilities: (1) the murderers were just out to shoot up a vehicle that looked like it might have a rich person in it, and they were unaware of the identities of the occupants; or (2) the murderers were looking to raise their stature in the hood by knocking off someone who was well-known in Denver. Either way, it looks like Williams was an innocent victim. I haven't seen anything in any of the reports that would suggest otherwise.

(Actually, I just thought of a third possibility: it was part of an intimidation effort to get other well-known people in Denver to start paying the gang protection money.)

Tom wrote: "But then, it... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Tom wrote: "But then, it's OK for you to consider removing one, but not for others to consider adding one in your selective, exclusive but "forward-thinking" world."

The flip side is -- it's okay for conservatives to consider adding new ones, but heaven forbids anyone might suggest revisiting an existing one - do that and it will result in snide remarks from some smarmy conserva-saurus who will then suggest "Lee, which of those other pesky Constitutional Amendments would you like to do away with while you're establishing your totalitarian state? Freedom of Speech? Search and Seizure? Or are you working on removing Amendment IX now?"

Al I suggested, Mr. Illogical, was that the Right to Bear arms may have outlived it usefulness in its current form and we might be wroth rethinking. No suggestion of anything else -- not doing away with the Second Amendment - just rethinking it - and not suggesting any other Amendments needed revisiting.

...but smarmy smart-*ss slow moving dinosaurs like you, Tom, leap for the throat without engaging the brain in gear first. Just more blurt.

No wonder you're concerned about the right to bear arms, Tom Blogical -- armed only with your intellect you are no match for the average, thinking adult.

Lee:What's this? ... (Below threshold)

Lee:

What's this? YOU, the King of Insults and snide remarks, can't take a little smarminess? Well, I guess you can dish it out but you sure as hell can't take it, can you?!

Once again, Lee, I ask: When did *I* say we should add Amendments to the Constitution? *I* didn't. Nor did I think we should remove or change any, as you have suggested. I point out *your* hypocrisy and you respond with the typical insults that have nothing to do with the matter at hand.

As I and others here have pointed out, it hasn't outlived its usefulness when criminals will never follow the law and will always be armed to the teeth, and will be even more likely to break the law against unarmed, law-abiding citizens like you and me. I think the Amendments work fine the way they are; nobody can ever prevent anyone from breaking the law. The key is to punish lawbreakers effectively. Changing, adding, or removing an Amendment will never change human behavior.

Of course you don't offer suggestions as to how you'd like to "improve" it; just more of the typical personal attacks, and, as usual, zero substance.

You're a legend in your own mind, Lee. If you think you're such a superior intellect, how about you put your cards on the table and spell it out for everybody? How is it that you would "rethink" the Second Amendment? (This ought to be good.)

I'm expecting your response to be more of the same from you and your "Progressive Thinking" that we've all seen from you in the past; more pompous, condescending, insulting, pie-in-the-sky BS that'll never accomplish anything in this thread; nor in the real world for that matter.

All of this is over a youn... (Below threshold)
WCin`:

All of this is over a young mans death. I think we should all remember to say a Prayer for him and the loved ones left behind. And to Herman:
Someone sayed " If you outlaw guns the only ones to have the guns will be OUTLAWS.

My prayers go out from the ... (Below threshold)
Von:

My prayers go out from the Mom of this young man to the newest draft pick of the team. Do not allow the devil to win God is in control of this matter and he gets the glory. Nothing and no one will be able to comfort you but God. Seek God and if you don't know how contact me and I will lead you to him.




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