Longtime Criminal Set a Trap to Murder Firefighters, Say Police

Zack Beauchamp
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Tuesday 25 December 2012
From what they could tell so far, “it was a trap.”
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The Webster, New York man who fired on firefighters responding to a blaze, killing two, is a felon convicted of manslaughter, according to local police. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering told a press conference this morning that the suspect was William Spengler, who served roughly 18 years on manslaughter charges for killing his 92 year old grandmother. Spengler had a number of run-ins with the police after that, according to Pickering.

Because Spengler was convicted a felon, he was supposed to be legally barred from owning a gun. However, because of the so-called “gun show loophole” — a National Rifle Assocation (NRA) supported-policy that allows “private” gun sales to take place without background checks — it’s possible Spengler could have purchased his weapon without the seller even checking whether he could legally own a gun or had a history of violence. Guns bought in this manner are used in 80 percent of violent firearm crimes across the country. Moreover, it’s very easy, as a consequence of another set of NRA-supported changes to federal law, for some felons to get their right to own guns reinstated.

When asked about the nature of Spengler’s murderous assault on the firefighters, Pickering said that, from what they could tell so far, “it was a trap.”



ABOUT Zack Beauchamp

ZACK BEAUCHAMP is a Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org. He previously contributed to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish at Newsweek/Daily Beast, and has also written for Foreign Policy and Tablet magazines. Zack holds B.A.s in Philosophy and Political Science from Brown University and an M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He grew up in Washington, DC.

. . THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF

. . THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MINE GETS THE SHAFT.....
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HOW MANY LAWYERS ARE QUIETLY RE-INSTATED WITHOUT ANY MURMER.........
"only the littlte people pay taxes " >> << greed is good.......
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THE MAN THAT SHOULD BE THE MOST HONEST......THE POLITICIAN......
> > > > IS THE LEAST HONEST PERSON < < < <

Not only do we need to

Not only do we need to institute background checks for people who buy guns online or through these shows, we need to extend CRIMINAL LIABILITIES to those who sell people they weapons WITHOUT PERFORMING SUCH A CHECK !! The SELLERS should be prosecuted for any murder or death resulting from the sale of the weapon !!!

Ah, but treatment for mental

Ah, but treatment for mental illness, in fact all Health Care, along with Education are commodities in uber-capitalist USAmerica...

And therefore only available to those who can "afford to pay for it"...

A little collateral damage is a small price to pay in order to perpetuate our glorious "free market" system, right?

So where are the mental

So where are the mental healthccare facalities ?.?. Our country is now more concerned about every country but ours.......
Foreign Aid to Afghanistan to 2024....enduring presence ( both George Bush and Dick Cheney wanted long term bases.)
..Congress has the best healthcare on earth while WE the PEOLPE have none........but break the law and get locked up and you have healthcare...
. . they talk homeland security WITH OUR BORDERS STILL OPEN / & OUR INFRASTRUCTURE FALLING APART....
>> ANOTHER FRAUD CALLED FISCAL CLIFF......THE BAILOUT ( TO COVER FOR EUROPE) DIVERATIVES
AND YET FOREC.LOSURES HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. . . . . >>> HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ?.?.? WONDERFUL POLITICIANS

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