Recently Pennsylvania had a Game Commission officer killed in the line of duty. The first one since 1914. These are people who’s daily job involves them confronting people who are guaranteed to be armed just by the very nature of what the Game Commission regulates. The Inquirer is using the death of the officer as an excuse to blame Pennsylvania’s gun laws. I feel dirty even sending traffic to their rag.
UPDATE: Unlike the trash papers in Philadelphia, the Gettysburg Times gives a different viewpoint:
Johnson is now incarcerated without bail in the Adams County Correctional Complex, and has been charged with criminal homicide, felon in possession of a weapon, flight to avoid apprehension, carrying a firearm without a license, possessing an instrument of crime, and resisting arrest or interfering with an officer in the performance of his or her duty.
So presumably the Inquirer believes it better to impose more regulations on the lawful people who have somehow avoided shooting at Game officers for a century, in order to stop a convicted felon who was already prohibited by law from even touching a firearm or ammunition. The Times also notes the guy has been in trouble before:
On Jan. 9, JohnsonÂ was also accused of burglarizing Reddingâ€™s Hardware,Â 279 S. Franklin St., Gettysburg, in which he reportedly stole between 20 and 25 handguns.
The guns were taken from a display case and valued at an estimated $12,000 to $15,000.
Stealing from an FFL is a federal felony, in addition to being a state felony. This guy should never have been on the streets to shoot anyone.