Manhunt in Mount Rainier park after US ranger shot dead

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Manhunt in Mount Rainier park after US ranger shot dead
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 9:37am

What a tragedy. :smileysad:

Theoretically could NOT allowing fire-arms in state parks have prevented this murder?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16381448

A manhunt is under way for an Iraq war veteran wanted in connection with the murder of a ranger at a national park in Washington state.

Mount Rainier National Park was closed after ranger Margaret Anderson, 34, was shot dead after she set up a roadblock to try and stop the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect, named locally as Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, is also wanted in connection with an earlier shooting.

Mr Barnes is reported to be an Iraq war veteran with survivalist skills.

Police said they had recovered his vehicle, which had weapons and body armour inside.

The shooting happened as hikers and climbers flocked to enjoy the park's wooded trails and spectacular views of the 14,410 ft (4,392m) Mount Rainier on an unseasonably mild New Year's holiday.

The park was immediately closed after the shooting, and around 85 visitors and 15 park staff were moved into a visitors' centre to wait for police to give them the all-clear to leave.

'Huge tragedy'

Police said Mr Barnes was wanted for questioning over an early-morning shooting at a New Year's party in Skyway, just south of Seattle, which left four people injured.

The King County Sheriff's Office quoted witnesses as saying multiple people at the party were armed and a shoot-out had erupted following an argument over a weapon.

Mrs Anderson and a fellow ranger set up a roadblock after the suspect failed to stop at a tyre-assessment checkpoint at around 18:20 GMT on Sunday, a spokesman for the national park said.

Both rangers were fired on, but only Mrs Anderson - a mother of two young daughters and married to another of the park's rangers - was hit.

"It's just a huge tragedy - for the family, the park and the park service," park superintendent Randy King said.

The park will remain closed on Monday while the search continues through its 368 sq miles of terrain.

Guns have been legal at Rainier since 2010

A change in federal law that took effect in February 2010 allows visitors to legally bring firearms in to places such as Mount Rainier National Park. The law made possession of firearms in national parks and refuges subject to the firearms laws of the state and communities where the parks are located. More...

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/01/1966247/guns-have-been-legal-at-rainier.html

 


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Registered: 04-07-2002
And the park is still locked down as they continue the manhunt. He's believed to suffer from PTSD as well as other past problems.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 03-18-2000
"He's believed to suffer from PTSD as well as other past problems."

Yet he has means to get hold of firearms. Something is drastically wrong with this, IMO.

 


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Registered: 08-30-2002

Whenever someone goes nuts, in So Cal, and kills a bunch of people (like the guy that opened fire in the beauty salon) I wonder if it's my schizophrenic brother. Gun advocates argue with me that he "can't" get guns because he is mentally ill. It's "against the law." Like someone who is going to murder people is going to follow the law.....



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Registered: 10-11-2005
My dh & I were up on Hiway 12 (we had a snow skiing trip up to White Pass over the New Year) we left Packwood around 11 am PST (right around the time of the shooting & we were only about 35 miles from the area in the park) we had at least 15 to 20 WSP (Washington State Patrol) Lewis Sheriff go speeding by us. We had no clue what was going. They found the shooter dead
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 04-07-2002
Yep...he's dead. Not clear if he shot himself or froze to death.

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Registered: 03-03-2009

I don't think a ban on firearms in national parks would have stopped Barnes.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 10-11-2005
jabberwocka wrote:

I don't think a ban on firearms in national parks would have stopped Barnes.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 11-13-2009
<< Theoretically could NOT allowing fire-arms in state parks have prevented this murder? >>

Sorry, but I just had to roll my eyes at this, and there's no icon. ; )

Do you believe a ban on guns in state parks would have had any effect on this man?

See, that's the thing about banning guns. Criminals don't care about the law, hence why they're criminals in the first place.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

See, that's the thing about banning guns. Criminals don't care about the law, hence why they're criminals in the first place.

I think I agree with you, but from a totally different POV. I do not believe that it is possible to differentiate between those who are responsible enough to own a gun and those who are not.

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Registered: 11-13-2009
But in the end, no amount of laws will keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Only those of law-abiding citizens.

Are you aware of the gun laws in Mexico?

Banning guns in the US won't work. It's too embedded. And I, for one, won't give mine up. Nor should I be forced to because there are nuts and criminals running around the entire world.

And back to topic, no gun ban law in state parks would have made that killer drop his guns, or not go there. No law would have made a difference. Do you not agree?

 

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