It is Christmas Eve…which is typically a day of joy and excitement as the holiday approaches. But as I woke up this morning, a shocking tweet was on my phone. Two firefighters fatally shot and two injured when responding to a house fire in Upstate New York? It happened in Webster, N.Y., around 6am today and is still under investigation.
News outlets are sorting out the details, but so far the fire is still blazing and two firefighters were shot to death and two others were injured. The shots were fired as they exited their vehicle to put out the fire, it was as though it was a set-up. They quickly left the scene but it was too late for a couple of them. It was unsafe for anyone else to head into the firing zone so it begun to spread and burned for hours, reaching two other homes and a car.
Police authorities reported there is no longer an “active shooting” situation, however, they have evacuated area residents. As they left the neighborhood police searched them first, because they’re unsure of who shot at the firefighters.
This is the first time I’ve heard about this such a terrifying situation. Who would shoot at firemen trying to help? What a tragic story to hear about at this time of year…they may expect to lose their lives in a blaze but not by a shooter. They were all volunteer firefighters according to early reports and two are hospitalized in stable condition.
Is stricter gun control needed? Absolutely. This is what happens when guns are in the hands of unstable civilians. Is the right to bear arms still more important than innocent victims lives?
Right to bear arms should be changed to PRIVILEGE to bear arms. Too many unstable people out there probably drugged up on prescription meds. Do they have to take a drug test before buying a gun? If the meds for depression openly advertise they may cause SUICIDAL thoughts…how crazy is that? Very sad…first movie theaters, then schools, now firefighters…where are we headed? IS THIS THE MEANING OF 12/21/12?
UPDATE: NEWS REPORTS ANNOUNCED SHOOTER IS DEAD. GUNMAN William Spengler, 62, was convicted decades ago of killing his grandmother with a hammer. WHO LET THIS MADMAN OUT OF PRISON?
READ FULL STORY AT NBC NEWS; http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/24/16125861-4-firefighters-shot-2-dead-after-responding-to-blaze?lite