Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Another cop killed. Same failed policies pushed.

Philadelphia Police Sargeant Stephen Liczbinski was murdered by three mutants on May 3. The actual killer, Howard Cain, used an SKS-carbine--a Chinese-made infantry rifle--to slay Sgt. Liczbinski. The suspects were fleeing from a bank robbery they had just committed. Eric DeShann Floyd, Howard Cain, and Levon Warner are career criminals who embraced Islam while in prison according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They were wearing Muslim garb during the robbery. The trigger man, Cain, was gunned down by police soon after the murder.

This is an awful story on so many levels. What is simply mind-boggling is that the mayor, Michael Nutter, and his allies in the local media are attempting to use this tragedy to further strip 2nd Amendment rights from law abiding citizens. Of course, these criminals broke existing laws simply by having these guns in their possession. As felons, these individuals were already forbidden from owning firearms. Not surprisingly, career criminals aren't up on the latest gun-control statutes.

The ones who are most dramatically affected by idiotic gun-control laws are innocent, law-abiding citizens. Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to own guns to curb violent crime is like putting down every dog in the city because some maul people. Criminals will still find a way to get firearms and by criminalizing gun ownership, the law-abiding will just become easier prey.

Locking predators like these three away forever is the only way to end the carnage in Philadelphia and other major cities. Don't expect Democrats like Michael Nutter to call for any reform in that direction, however. Convicted felons are an important voting block for Democrats.

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