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Nothing Happened in Davis

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Saturday, February 24, 2006, 1:15 PM. My friend Molly and I were walking down the street in Davis, California, heading for my car, which was parked in front of the Golden 1 Credit Union. As we approached, I noticed a cop car parked very haphazardly on the side street we were on. I looked ahead and saw a uniformed police officer behind a tree, holding what Molly identified as an M-16.

Now, this is not the first time I have encountered a gun. In my experience, guns are an unpredictable factor in life. If you are in a situation in which there is a gun, the chances are you are not in control of the situation. Especially if you’re in favor of gun control and don’t actually own or use guns.

The point is, when I see a situation in which guns are involved, I slow down and become a lot more cautious, a lot more careful to make sure I remain safe and out of the likely locations of gunplay. I am the kind of person who sees a cop with a gun out and stops before proceeding.

Molly sped up.

The previous weekend, my husband and I had witnesses a police raid in Tracy, California. I was so scared, expecting at any second for the situation to turn into a shoot-out, that I forgot to grab the videocamera. So, Molly and I reached a compromise about half a block away from the police officer, and I pulled out the video camera. The footage here is what happened (or didn’t happen) in downtown Davis on Saturday.

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