This weekend, a 23-year-old man from Pittsburgh, who had been laid off from his job at a glass factory, shot and killed three police officers who had come to his home to answer a domestic disturbance call.
The man had told friends that his fear in life was not the economy, his family, his community, the future of his country, but that the Obama administration would take his guns away. No matter where you stand on the issue of guns -- I think it wouldn't be an entirely bad thing if everyone's guns were taken away, why would anyone need an AK-47 in their home, like this man had? -- this is a myth that has been perpetrated and perpetuated by the whole McCain/Palin, "Joe the Plumber," Limbaugh, O'Reilly, FOX, "F -- Obama" crowd, and each and every one of them has blood on their hands. Every person who has worked to perpetuate this fear among gun owners, all these law and order types, from congressmen and women all the way down to the individuals who two months after the inauguration, refuse to accept Obama as their president, has the blood of three dead Pittsburgh police officers on their hands. And I don't expect the rhetoric to cool down any time soon.
We can only hope, and pray, that sensible people will prevail.