Charlie Landeros, aged old enough to know better, loved his far-left activism. He belonged to an armed Antifa group we've covered, training "oppressed peoples" in armed self-defense. And now he's no longer with us after drawing down on two Eugene, Oregon police officers who attempted to arrest him at a Eugene middle school there.
Police believe the radical Antifa activist showed up at his daughter's school on January 11 intending to pick her up. Cascade Middle School administrators, however, knew that he had recently lost custody of his child and called police to remove him from school property. What they didn't know was Charlie had a gun on his hip along with a backpack full of loaded magazines and more 9mm ammunition.
When police arrived, Landeros claimed they had no jurisdiction at the school. The Eugene officers had a different take. And when Landeros failed to peacefully leave, things went south quickly for Mr. Antifa firearms instructor.
The Eugene Police Department has released video of the shooting. Here's the unedited version:
Landeros belonged to the Civil Liberties Defense Center, a group that, according to its website:
…supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root of social inequality and environmental destruction. We provide litigation, education, legal and strategic resources to strengthen and embolden their success."
According to the Daily Emerald, Landeros also belonged to Community Armed Self-Defense (web site not active, Facebook page unavailable) as an instructor. They describe themselves as a “new liberatory and inclusive space for all oppressed peoples to learn about armed self-defense.”
Apparently their training in armed self-defense fell way short. After all, when Landeros accepted the room temperature challenge and drew down on the police, they dealt with his threat exactly as you'd expect. They shot him as part of taking him down. And when Landeros continued trying to mortally wound the officers, they shot him some more while he was on the ground.
They shot him decisively enough that they didn't need to transport him to the hospital. Boom, headshots! Instead, they put a yellow sheet over his dead body.
No one knows why, in addition to the gun on his hip, that Landeros brought a backpack full of ammunition and loaded magazines to the school that day. Best guess may be that Eugene police stopped a school massacre by an unhinged loser.
Either way, we have no doubt that Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Control and Gabby Giffords' eponymous group will, of course, count Landeros' death as another "school shooting" and yet another reason we should surrender our right to keep and bear arms. They'll have to forgive us if we draw a different lesson from the incident and the inherent danger of "gun-free" zones.