Police in Rochester, N.Y. are reporting today an odd twist to the murders of two firefighters responding to a fire set by William Spengler of Webster, who had set the fires to lure the first responders into an ambush.
Spengler used a semiautomatic weapon and a shotgun to open fire on the firefighters, killing two and wounding three.
But on Friday the Examiner was provided with information showing that Spengler, who was legally barred from purchasing firearms due to prior crime convictions, received the weapons from a neighbor.
Court records obtained by the Examiner Friday show that 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen, a neighbor of Spengler, had provided false information on the purchase information form she used to buy the firearms. Nguyen stated on the form that she would be the owner of the guns. But she handed them over to Spengler after the purchase.
Nguyen had told police after Spengler’s murderous rampage that she had purchased the guns for self-protection and that they had been stolen from her vehicle, according to Fox News. No record could be found, however, of a report that the guns had been stolen.
A few days after Nguyen made the false statements to police, she contacted law enforcement and admitted that she had bought the guns for Spengler.
Several troubling issues come to the surface concerning this incident. Spengler had received a prison sentence for bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer. He was paroled although at least one person on the parole board had deep reservations about releasing him from prison, given his history of violent outbursts. In addition, why would a neighbor who was fully aware of Spengler’s violent history agree to purchase weapons on his behalf? And then, given the fact that Spengler was prohibited from buying firearms, what does this incident tell us about current attempts to implement gun bans on law abiding citizens who have no criminal history?
In addition, had Nguyen refused to give Spengler the guns, it would have been easy enough for him to obtain weapons from the streets, on the black market, as any Chicago thug can tell you in light of the fact that the city has now crossed the threshold of having 500 gun murders so far in 2012, in spite of its stringent gun control laws that are some of the most restrictive in the United States.
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