Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Cannot Believe This Has Happened ... Again ...

"PITTSBURGH – A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and "lying in wait" opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn't clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.

Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours as the fallen officers were left bleeding nearby, their colleagues unable to reach them, according to police and witnesses. ..."
This is just an excerpt from the news story, please click on the link above to read the whole sad, sorry tale.

... when I heard about this so close on the heels of four police officers shot to death in Oakland last month, I was upset and incredulous to say the least. Is this the direction our country is going when people like this "alleged shooter" lies in wait to kill three men who are simply doing their jobs? Three men who have families that will never seem them alive again ... three men who did nothing to provoke this sort of an attack ... three men that I never met and never knew about until today but for whom I cry ...

This sort of senseless killing has GOT to stop but I fear it's only going to get worse before it gets better. I'll be doing a post about the fallen officers in a day or two once I've had a chance to wrap my head around what is happening in our country but for now, I'm just too upset and worried for every police officer out there - those I don't know but especially those I do. John ... you might want to expect a phone call ...


  1. This is incredibly sad...and so senseless.

  2. I couldn't believe my ears either, coming on the heels of the Oakland tragedy.
    It's incomprehensible.

  3. I posted about this as well.what in the hell is wrong with people.Killing cpos only digs you in deeper that what ever the problem is a shame that the killer did not end up the samr way the Oakland Shooter did.

  4. I, too, am sorry this coward was taken alive. My way of thinking is:
    If a person is taken in the act of committing a crime, take them before a magistrate, declare a sentence and carry it out immediately!!! I probably sound like a caveman but right now, I really don't care. We need to carry out justice swiftly, as promised, and not sit around trying to decide what kind of crappy childhood he had. Who gives a flying crap? If only our judges and juries would do the right thing instead of spending years tying up the courts! (Yeah, I know the ramifications of instant justice, but I'm just saying, get on with it - especially when there are multiple eyewitnesses.)
    I am sick at heart over the lives of these beloved officers. And if the killing doesn't stop, this joker may be prophetic about the Obama administration and handgun laws.

  5. Truly disturbing, I grieve for this officers who died too.

    It's just so depressing.. shooting people just because he lost his job. That's just too.. I don't know.

  6. I wish peace to the families and thank the officers for their service and their sacrifice.

  7. These random shootings I fear will only occur more frequently. This country is filled with angry, frustrated men. Throw in some job loss and you've got potential for death and destruction.

  8. when things are bad people who semm okay snap...not to mention this is the kind of time the crazies come out.

    I'm getting to the point I want to buy a gun or two. A couple years ago I took the course to qualify to apply for a concealed permit. Not that we can actually get a permit here...only law enforcement can....but I completed the requirements.

    I watched a good portion of the Oakland funeral. It tore at my heart. Then....funerals have been known to do that to me.

    hugging you.

  9. It's all so senseless. :(

  10. Anonymous9:04 AM EDT

    Tragic. So sad for their families.

    It's a sad state we are in. It's much easier for a kid to get a gun(s) than an education and a job. In my nephews' generation, I see too many teenagers and young adults that have a "gangsta" mentality. What will become of the next generation and the next...

  11. How VERY sad to see another account of the murder of law enforcement officers. These officers fully exeplified "our" verse: John 15:13. We will continue to see evil that has overtaken men's hearts worldwide until evil (Satan) is permanently conquered by Jesus Christ. In part, we can "thank" the moral bankruptcy so prevalent in Hollywood, the "music" industry, "professional" sports, and TV for "promoting" the sins which seem to, mostly, affect the "weaknesses" within us. My prayers and condolences go to the families and friends of my "brothers" (AND "sisters")in law enforcement.

  12. These are scarey times in our lives. So much has changed, so much more has gone wrong. Some can cope much better than others. Our sanity is such a very fragile thing.

  13. Tragic. Horrific.
    My thoughts, prayers, and sincere gratitude to the officers who laid down their lives protecting the innocent. I am thankful for them everyday.

  14. It does seem like an epidemic at times.

  15. Oh, so heartbreaking.

    I can only imagine the pain of the family members involved. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

  16. too many high powered rifles on the streets, when will the government wake up.

  17. Anonymous10:42 PM EDT

    It is so disturbing. I can scarcely take it in.


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