So it turns out that all of the wounded civilians in the Empire State Building incident were wounded by the police, not the shooter. Via Addictinginfo:
It appears from the reports that the officers, despite being listed as veterans of the force, have never fired their weapons in the line of duty. In a city like New York, it is strange to think that two officers on patrol together had not had either one of them discharged a weapon in the line of duty.
As a resident of NYC, I actually find this annoying. The days where New York was a violent mess are long behind us. According to Wikipedia: “Among the 182 U.S. cities with populations of more than 100,000, New York City ranked 136th in overall crime.” And considering that we’re the single largest city in the country by more than double the next city on the list, that’s saying something.
Regardless, I’m not going to blame the NYPD for opening fire in a crowd. The guy had a gun and was possibly about to start firing. I’d rather have trained officers shooting on a crowded street than a panicked murderer even if those officers had been fortunate enough to have had the need to fire their weapons in the line of duty.
It does demonstrate, however, that even highly trained professionals can hit bystanders. What would a trigger happy cowboy with delusions of John Wayne heroics do in a dark movie theater? Or a bar filled with drunken idiots? It would be a bloody massacre. If there is the slightest doubt about this anymore, it’s because the childlike mentality of the NRA zombies refuses to grow up and accept reality.