It never ceases to amaze me that there is so much violence in America that is seemingly completely random. In an apparent ambush today, Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo, and Eric Kelly were gunned down by Richard Poplawski, who was wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle and two handguns. The first two were shot in the head when Poplawski met them at the door and the third officer was killed when he responded to the call and tried to help the fallen men. It has to be a sad day in Pittsburgh and my heart goes out to the families and acquaintenances of the officers.
We have had quite the spirted discussion about the 2nd Amendment on this blog and it’s no secret that I am a firm believer in the right to keep and bear arms. That belief is tempered somewhat by events such as this. No motive for the shooting has surfaced, but Richard Poplawski was apparently concerned that President Obama was going to ban firearms and take away some of our rights. From The Associated Press:
Poplawski feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon,” said Edward Perkovic, his best friend.
While I may agree that President Obama will ban or severly restrict firearms if given the chance, that does not give Poplawski or anyone else the right to shoot three police officers in cold blood, just because he was concerned about Obama’s gun control policies. This attack has accomplished three things. First and foremost, it has caused three families the ultimate grief as they try to understand why this had to happen. Second, a city is in mourning as it griefs for three of it’s officers. Third, it has given credance to the idea that stricter gun control is needed to prevent such events from taking place. It certainly does the cause of the 2nd Amendment no good and possibly does it great harm when a lunatic such as Richard Poplawski goes on the rampage in it’s name.