So a crazy guy in upstate New York sets his house ablaze, lures firefighters there, then ambushes them. The response is the usual. Ban the guns! Ban the guns! Ban the Guns! they say.
What the article doesn't mention is that the murderer, William Spengler was a convicted felon. He bludgeoned his grandmother to death with a hammer back in 1981.
Oh, and he said this,
"I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down, and do what I like doing best, killing people."
Evil folks. Evil. You cannot stop a man like this with more laws. He could have methodically set fire to every house in the neighborhood, and liked it. We should all be happy he didn't do so.
And then we have rubbish like this, where the author invokes this incident and then talks about how many states allow for felons convicted of non-violent crimes to have their rights re-instated. He completely ignores the fact that such laws would NOT apply to Spengler, whose crime was most certainly not non-violent. Hell, even if those states allowed re-enstatement for violent crimes I can't imagine ANY judge re-instating the rights of a guy who threw his grandma down the stairs and then beat her to death with a hammer.
Oh and look at the update at the top of the article. ".233 caliber" Nice editorial oversight there. They talk about how flash suppressors would have been illegal under the 94' AWB, as if the gun magically would've been less lethal here without a flash hider on the end of it. Interesting that they hyperfocus on the gun he used even though any gun he used would've been illegal. The rifle the cop used to return fire was almost certainly an AR-15 chambered in .223 / 5.56. You know, the type that folks on facebook keep telling me arent good for anything other than "murdering as many people as possible as fast as possible."
The real question is, why was a guy who murdered his grandma with a hammer out on parole after less than 20 years? No one will talk about that. It's always "ZOMG Evil inanimate object!!!!" rather than "ZOMG evil man!!!" That's getting pretty old.