The New York Daily News wrote in an Opinion Tuesday that “more bodies were added to the altar of NRA’s worship.” They were referring to the latest victims of a deranged individual with a gun.
On Monday two volunteer firefighters in New York were gunned down by the man whose house they were trying to save. Two more are in the hospital with gunshot wounds. The killer had intentionally set the blaze to lure firefighters to their death and to “kill as many people as I can” as he wrote in a note. In all, seven houses in his neighborhood were burned down.
Police said the killer armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun, and a military-style rifle.
Tuesday officials in Webster, NY reported finding the remains of a female victim in the burned out house as reported by CBS and others. They believe it was the killer’s sister. The killer left a note and police read one line to reporters: “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.”
The Daily News took on the NRA and its spokesman and Executive VP Wayne LaPierre for their failure to take any responsibility for all the deaths inflicted by assault weapons in the United States.
They were critical of LaPierre’s response to the murder of 20 children and their teachers in Connecticut. LaPierre said instead of looking at gun laws, taxpayers should assign an armed guard at every school to prevent would-be killers with their assault weapons to murder the innocent children inside.
The News pointed out that there was an armed police officer at the scene of the NY killings. Although he exchanged fire with the killer, he was unable to stop four first responders from being shot first. Two are dead two others injured—they were not home with their families on Christmas.
In its Opinion, the Daily News blasted the NRA writing “To the unconscionable list of human sacrifices accepted by the National Rifle Association as a small price to pay for the pleasure of bearing arms, add the names of Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, the volunteer firefighters assassinated upstate on Monday.”
This has been a particularly bloody Christmas with several horrific murders by military style weapons. The Connecticut shooting has moved many politicians to say it is time for tightening our loose gun laws. Others have at least said that we need a discussion and all things including guns and mental health should be on the table. Many do not want the issue raised.
The NRA’s non-solution for preventing school killings was for taxpayers to ante up hundreds of millions of dollars to put policemen at every school just to prevent a random incident of horrific violence. The New York killings show an armed policeman on the scene may not be able to stop a slaughter. There was an armed deputy at Columbine.
Why should taxpayers foot the bill for citizens to own combat weapons in the first place? Secondly, why should anyone foot the bill or suffer the loss of loved ones so that citizens can own combat weapons? How many deer or ducks are shot with an MR 15 each year? How many elk have 100 rounds in them? It seems the sport of hunting was alive and well before assault rifles and large capacity magazines came on the scene.
It is a long shot at best to think anything will actually pass the Republican House. The public could change that if it wanted. However, since so many people in this nation own multiple guns and assault guns it is questionable how much pressure the public will put on Congress. Guns are only part of the problem, however, and Congress won’t address those either.
Meanwhile, it would seem that the NRA response is to have an armed policeman at every fire, ever mall, every house of worship, place of employment, post office, and every home to prevent the murders that occur at those locations every day by gun. Apparently to Mr. LaPierre and his ilk, that makes more sense than passing laws regulating weapons and clips that hunters, sportsmen, and other well intentioned gun owners do not need.
Get ready for more blood at the NRA “altar” or at a place near you.
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