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The sale of assault rifles to the general public must be banned.
My brother, James B. Evans, a Riverside, California Deputy Sheriff, was killed in action by bank robbers in Norco, California on May 9, 1980. The robbers were armed with assault weapons, including AR15s, and drove through Norco and the nearby mountains shooting everyone in sight, including children riding their bicycles. The facts below are taken from the website of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Association (www.rcdsa.org/norco robbery/story1.html ). The site contains a descriptive story, plus a three-part Youtube training video with actual footage of the event. The video is used across the country to train law enforcement officers.
Article by Shirlee Pigeon:
• 1 bank robbery
• 1 25-mile running gun battle from Norco to the San Bernardino foothills
• 33 patrol cars damaged or completely destroyed
• 1 sheriff’s helicopter shot down
• Numerous civilians shot at
• 2 robbers dead
• 3 robbers imprisoned, life without parole
• 8 wounded Deputies — Heroes all
• 1 dead Deputy — Hero
In addition, I was told by a Norco resident that over 60 people received gunshot injuries during this horrific event.
I miss my brother everyday and do not wish others to have to suffer through the same sudden and senseless death of a loved one. We are all in danger of being an innocent bystander when assault weapons are readily available by sale, theft, or transfer. Police are helpless to protect us against the powerful damage rendered by these weapons before they can arrive at an active scene to help.
Kay Evans Schecht