When the story first broke, the press picked up on a comment made by one of the 23 year-old shooter's friends.
KDKA/AP-Friends said 23 year-old Richard Poplawski feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns. read more...
Rather than connecting the dots between the killings in Oakland, New York, Seattle and this one being driven by the economic trepidation people are feeling today. The Far left blogs responded with "opportunity politics," like scavenging hyenas on the carcass of dead prey. Here are some examples.
Crooks and Liars-We're gathering more information about Richard Polawski, the 23-year-old man who decided to kill three Pittsburgh police officers and wound three others because it appears he was afraid they -- at the behest of the Obama administration -- were going to take his guns away. (Dude, they definitely are now.) read more...
In C & L's defense they did not take it as far as most of the others did. I understand their first reaction, even if it was wrong. However, here is where the nose dive really starts and reaches Mach 10 with a quickness.
Think Progress-In Pittsburgh today, a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on police officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them. Many bloggers have noted that the shooter, 23-year old Richard Poplawski, irrationally feared for “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon.” In a presciently-timed op-ed, Charles Blow warns of the disturbing escalating rhetoric of right-wingers like Chuck Norris, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, and others. read more...Not much "thinking" going on there. On to the final contestant, TBogg over at the cyber-orgy of collectivist and rhetorical tripe, Fire Dog Lake. I had the displeasure, along with others at Jammie Wearing Fool, of trying to get him to answer a question about the rhetorical nature of his attacks on the Right. (Usually, I am not in the habit of commenting on bigger blogs, but on this one I couldn't resist.)
Fire Dog Lake-Barack Obama, approximately one year ago:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
One year later....
You know, let's not throw Barack Obama under the bus solely. I think George Bush was not as bad, but he was on the same road. I mean, you know, we've been playing the game with the United Nations -- thank God George Bush put you into the United Nations! I know you, you were extremely unpopular there -- I cheered for that! read more...
Our sages of leftist thought are convinced this is a result of Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmman, conservative bloggers, and gun-rights supporters pushing for "armed resistance" against government intrusion which caused this tragedy. First, they are pushing for political engagement, by both sides of the aisle, against being robbed blind by an ever growing statist and corporatist minded government. Secondly, the this particular shooting wasn't exactly caused by the reasons they would like you to believe.
From the AP, via Fox News.
Fox News-An ambush that resulted in the shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh policemen was precipitated by an emergency call from the gunman's mother over a dog urinating in the house.
According to court papers, Richard Poplawski and his mother argued about his dog's accident Saturday morning, prompting her to threaten to evict him and to call police. read more...
All of this infantile rhetoric about gun rights, conservative pundits, conservative pols and the cause was a dog urinating. How pathetically sad.
This is why people need to stay away from politicizing tragedies like this. First off there is the dignity of the police who were killed, then their families, their friends, and community you are stepping on. Obviously a fact that the pathologically erroneous Far-Left is not all that concerned with.
Secondly, we do offer op-eds on blogs, but there is a certain responsibility to at least provide responsible opinion, if you are to be taken seriously. Another fact our Far-Left blogging comrades don't seem to be to concerned with.
This sad event, and the string of others which have occurred, are a testimony to today's world. Sometimes when we look in the mirror we may not like what we see. It's at that point we should do something positive to effect prudent progress in our lives, not become mired down with the populism of the day.
Finally, to quote my new "friend and stalker" TBogg, who for some reason is interested in the numbers of hits we pull on our little podunk blog, " I don't think any other comment is necessary."