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Costco Gunman Shot by Off Duty-Officer:  Another possible mass shooting was prevented Sunday when an off-duty Kansas City police officer shot and killed a man who stormed into a crowded Costco brandishing a firearm.  KCTV Kansas City reports that according to witnesses, at about 11:00 am Sunday a screaming man with what appeared to be a .45 caliber revolver in his hand entered the store and was engaged by a yet-unnamed off duty police officer carrying his service weapon.  While it has not been reported if the gunman actually fired his weapon, one witnesses said that he heard eight gunshots.   

Enforcing CA Death Penalty:  Since the adoption of Proposition 66, California's death penalty reform law and the recent state Supreme Court decision upholding the initiative in its entirety, the only reason murderers are not being executed is because of the Governor's office has yet to finalize the state's new execution protocol.  Maura Dolan of the Los Angeles Times reports that no one can predict when executions will resume.  "(Governor) Brown is the shot caller," over finalizing lethal injection protocol which stands in the way of carrying out the death penalty in California said Deputy Los Angeles District Attorney Michele Hanisee.  According to U.C. Berkeley law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a devout death penalty opponent, it is conceivable that Brown and defense lawyers could delay executions until Brown steps down as governor in 2019.  While other state's have been utilizing execution protocols upheld by the courts to execute their worst murderers, California has failed to "come up with a workable protocol" for more than 10 years, wrote 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski.   The article notes that Brown opposes the death penalty but enforced it as Attorney General.  The fact remains that no California murderer was executed during Brown's term as Attorney General, or during the last seven years he has served as Governor.     

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|| California has failed to "come up with a workable protocol" for more than 10 years, wrote 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski.||

Why is the enactment of the law in this state so utterly frustrated
by her judicial and executive branches?

Has the death penalty not been the law of the state for decades?
Can democracy be so tyrannically and thoroughly foreclosed?

To read that the people of California so quickly moved by popular referendum
to reinstate the death penalty as soon as a court overturned it in 1972,
convinces me of the tyranny.

~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_17_(1972)

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