Terrible Incident Affirms NRA Position
Unfortunately, while liberal politicians and pundits were lambasting the recent speech by Wayne Lapierre of the NRA, a terrible incident in a small town in New York completely justified the positions that Lapierre took. An ex-con, possessing illegal weapons (ex-felons cannot legally own firearms) murdered firemen and policemen in a trap he set for them. Another policeman shot at him, and stopped the carnage.
Gun control? Useless
Mentally ill? Obviously
A bad man with a gun stopped by a good man with a gun. Absolutely, just as Lapierre said.
Instead of ridicule, perhaps the leftists should listen a little to some common sense.
December 25, 2012 AP (Excerpt)
WEBSTER, N.Y. — "An ex-con set a car and a house ablaze in his lakeside neighborhood to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two, engaging in a shootout with police and committing suicide while several homes burned. Authorities used an armored vehicle to evacuate the area.
The gunman fired at the four firefighters when they arrived shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the blaze in Webster, a suburb of Rochester on Lake Ontario, town Police Chief Gerald Pickering said. The first police officer who arrived chased the suspect and exchanged gunfire, authorities said.
Police say he lay in wait outdoors for the firefighters’ arrival, then opened fire probably with a rifle and from atop an earthen berm, Pickering said.
“It does appear it was a trap,” he said.
The gunman, William Spengler, had served more than 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980 at the house next to where Monday’s attack happened, Pickering said at an afternoon news conference. Spengler, 62, was paroled in 1998 and had led a quiet life since, authorities said. Convicted felons are not allowed to possess weapons.
Two firefighters, one of whom was also a town police lieutenant, died at the scene, and two others were hospitalized. A fifth man who was passing by was also injured. The police officer who exchanged gunfire with Spengler “in all likelihood saved many lives,” Pickering said."
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