April 6, 2009 by billie789

This from Crooks & Liars this morning on the idiot who shot and killed three police officers in Pennsylvania Saturday. He was armed to the teeth and full of fear about our new President wanting to take away his guns.

“Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski’s ex-girlfriend said he dragged her by the hair and threatened to shoot her.

He slept with a gun under his pillow in a basement room filled with firearms and ammunition, convinced that Jews controlled the media and President Obama was scheming to take away his arsenal, friends and relatives said, Saturday.

thumb_mediumPoplawski2_a899a.JPGIt appears that what police may be looking at is a budding white supremacist who frequented one of the most popular neo-Nazi websites and harbored an apocalyptic dread of the federal government.

An “apocalyptic dread of the federal goverment?” It would seem that this hairless monkey became a self-fulfilling prophecy. No one apparently gave a shit about this descpicable human being, so he made sure that he got the attention he so deeply craved.

And he was spouting the same nonsense about fearing the government, having his guns taken away, etc., that we hear about everything related to government action these days. Again. Seems to be a repeating cycle of fear about gun rights.

This is a case where “jack-booted thugs,”as the NRA likes to call our federal enforcement agents, should have come to this idiot’s front door and taken away his precious fucking guns!

On a consumer note about the availability of weapons that anyone can purchase, ABC News ran a story this monring about how one of their producers was given a handul of cash and sent into a gun show to purchase a weapon. He didn’t even make it to the front doors of the building because people were out in the parking lot “scalping” guns. He purchased a Glock 9mm, with fully loaded magazines (multiples) for $450, no questions asked.

Gun control? Naw, it’s our birthright to shoot the fucking country and its occupants full of holes.

On a consumer note, ABC reported today that 32 people are murdered everyday with guns.

If 32 people died on just one day due to a problem with peanuts or pistachios, there would be wide-scale outrage, product removed from store shelves, manufacturers shut down and investigated and wide-scale media coverage /hysteria 24/7.


20 thoughts on “Nuts!

  1. Stu says:

    I’m glad to see we’ve moved on to the much less emotionally charged issue of gun control LOL.

    This guy hardly qualifies as a poster-child for the gun control advocates. Clearly mentally disturbed, had he not ben sleeping with a gun it sounds as though he would have been in a room full of crossbows and swords, fearing that the government was coming for his buck knife collection.

    Influenza and Pneumonia cause more than double the amount of deaths than firearms, ( )but you don’t get so much as a simple citation for sneezing and coughing in someone else’s face. Why? These infections cause more than double the deaths! It’s because it’s not as sensational on the nightly news to say over 60 people died today from the flu and pneumonia.

    I read something recently that said, “64,999,987 gun owners didn’t kill anyone yesterday.” I can’t verify those numbers, and I’m not motivated enough by the issue to research it either.

    I’m not a big gun “fan” per se. I don’t get much enjoyment out of going to the range and shooting as a form of entertainment, and I don’t collect firearms or belong to the NRA. But I do keep 2 loaded handguns in my bedroom (his and hers).

    Another thing I saw recently (with which I agree) was the statement, “A gun in the hand is better than a policeman on the phone.” Sure, it’s too bad that the world we live in necessitates such a philosophy. But it’s reality.

  2. Randy Spiker says:

    Here’s how the Founders felt about Guns;

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    –Alexander Hamilton

    “Arms in the hands of citizens be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny, or in private self-defense …”
    –John Adams

    “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and the keystone under independence.”
    –George Washington

    Anyone still think the founders were unclear on the subject?

    This debate will go on and on as long as there are nutbags out there like this idiot.

    You could also take the hype one step farther with;
    saying guns kill people is like saying knives and forks made Rosie O’Donnel fat or;
    if guns cause crimes then pencils cause misspelled words.

    One other stat that never gets reported are the amount of deaths to children caused by swimming pool drownings. It’s something like 100 to 1 pools vs guns. Haven’t heard them talkin about banning pools yet have you?

    Get my point?

  3. bill says:

    No, I do not. Not really. A bunch of quotes from guys who rode horses and had wooden teeth and mistresses and slaves isn’t exactly enlightening for me.

    You know, the right had a saying during the Viet Nam war that more Americans are killed every year on the highways than all the years (up to that point) in Viet Nam. Whew! I feel better now! That makes war almost digestible, giving me comparison stats of something totaly unrelated. Maybe when I see photos of Iraqi children with their limbs blown off I could say to myself, “Stop feeling so down! More Iraqi children died of malaria last year than from US bombing runs or Shiite car bombings!”

    Yes, Stu, I agree that this idiot is not the poster child for gun control. Yet he is a stereotypical nutjob who believes that President Obama’s administration is going to “take his guns away.”

    I stand by my opinion that this is the guy(s) who should have his guns taken away.

    I just don’t know how to do it and leave law-abiding (sane!) people alone. I have guns in my house as I was raised in Utah in a very outdoorsy family. I personally don’t have a problem with anyone who’s SANE and isn’t a criminal owning guns.

    I love you guys and I’m not trying to start anything here. You are apparently comfortable with the way things are and I’m am not.

    When I heard the story of a news producer not even making it to the front door of a gun show before scoring, it brought back something from “Bowling for Columbine” that made me jealous. Michael Moore sat in Windsor, Ontario, where the murder rate was like 2 people a year (no one could remember accurately) and looked across the river at the skyscrapers of Detroit, the often-sometimes Murder Capital of the World, and wondered why there was such an outrageous difference, within eyesight, between two communities.

    Country Yearly Firearm Homicides
    (i.e. not including accidents)
    USA 11,127
    Germany 381
    France 255
    Canada 165
    United Kingdom 68
    Japan 39

    Not including accidents…Our concealed-carry laws have produced some funny/scary shit the past few weeks in Utah. This isn’t the start of a bad joke: Guy walks into the bathroom at a restaurant, drops trou and gun falls out of pants, BAM, toilet explodes into a million chunks of porcelain. (Geez, fella, can we get a courtesy flush without the deadly chunk of flying lead?) Next day, different guy walks into another restuarant, sits down and his pistol discharges into the seat back.

    Both were licensed to carry. No one was killed eating their french fries, thankfully. And honestly, probably the only time they’ll discharge those weapons in public, for any reason.

    It’s just troubling to me that fear-mongering with no real information behind it is tipping over the unstable who walk amongst us. And innocent people a dying as a result.

  4. Stu says:

    It’s a complicated issue for sure. I don’t have the time right now to research it or verify what I “thinK” I know…but maybe somebody can check this out?

    I believe it’s illegal to have a gun in New York City. I’m interested in learning what the homicide rate is, per-capita, in NYC compared to other cities where guns have not been outlawed…and what, if anything, that tells us?

  5. bill says:

    I only have this to add at this time. Washington’s teeth were not made of wood. That’s an old wives tale (how come we blame odd, inaccurate stories on “wives” and not husbands, who are much more likely to bullshit about things?)

    His dentures were made from gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components back then).

  6. Randy Spiker says:

    “I believe it’s illegal to have a gun in New York City. I’m interested in learning what the homicide rate is, per-capita, in NYC compared to other cities where guns have not been outlawed…and what, if anything, that tells us?”

    I don’t know about NYC but Wash DC has had some of the stricktest gun ban laws on the books anywhere in this country and their murder rate is one of the highest in the country. Possession of handguns was a criminal offense until the law was overturned by the Supremes.

    Bill, you’re right….. this issue is fast becomming one of those “third rail” issues politically. VERY strong sentiments on both sides. What can we do….. I’m not sure. I agree that I wish there was a way that we could predetermine just who will become an unstable nutjob somewhere down the road. WAIT! I’ve got it…… the answer to ALL these problems! We’ll just get that machine Stu posted about a few days ago and voila! DONE!

  7. Randy Spiker says:

    I do feel that this;
    …..goes too far. It would be next to impossible to legally defend your house if there was a minor present.

    Bill wrote;
    “Yes, Stu, I agree that this idiot is not the poster child for gun control. Yet he is a stereotypical nutjob who believes that President Obama’s administration is going to “take his guns away.”

    Attempts to pass laws like this HR45 feeds right into that mind set….. right or wrong. The pendulum swingeth one way and swingeth back the other way even further.

  8. Adam says:

    “Uh.. huh huh..

    Uh..Gun cuntrol..

    Uh.. huh huh.. Dude thats like using both hands and stuff!

    Ya.. Ya.. both hands thats like twice as hard.

    Uh.. huh huh..Dude you said hard.”

    Not to shoot myself in the foot… but the “Richard” that should be the poster child for birth control and gun control probably sounded like that. A classic cartoon based on social missfits. The only problem is, in reality you can’t change the channel when there’s a gun pointed at you.

    My favorite gun control quote, not sure who said it:

    “If they want to take my gun they can pry it from my cold dead hands”

  9. bill says:

    That’s fine, Adam, as long as you haven’t just shot up the neighborhood before you turn the gun on yourself.

    And it was Charlton Heston, actor and former president of the NRA who took that particular NRA bumper sticker wisdom and made it his own at the May 2000 NRA convention. Listen how he goes off on Al Gore for audience effect:

    “I intend to dedicate my remaining time as president of the NRA to ensure that the Second Amendment is safe from Al Gore and all those who threaten it. Sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blue steel when ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument.”

    “So as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take our freedom away, I want to say those words again for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore. From my cold dead hands!”

    There have been approximately 195,500 cold, dead hands from gun violence in Heston’s America since then.

  10. Jane says:

    but what do we do about it?
    i support certain gun rights and certain types of gun control and understand many arguments on many sides. one of my biggest dilemmas is if we attempt to put strong controls on gun purchases moving forward it really doesn’t do anything about what is already out there. i do see the benefit but also see many negatives.

    anyway stu, i do hope that when any young children are at your house those guns are not loaded or unsecure.
    not to be a hypocrite at all, i have some gun rules in my house that contradict my ideals and some things i preach about as well but i do feel strongly about the fact that we can’t always do something about crazy but we can do much to prevent gun accidents involving very young children. i encourage other parents to not feel weird abotu asking about guns in the homes of their kid’s friends that they visit. that if there are any loaded or unsecure guns in the house their kid won’t be able to visit. its not failsafe at all but it does get people to think twice at least about guns they have for the intended purpose of self defense.

  11. Stu says:

    Nah, that would take all the sport out of it Jane. Actually, we let the kids play the wife’s .38, as it’s loaded with low-recoil ammo. The looks on the kids faces when they accicently squeeze off a round or two is absolutely priceless!

  12. Jane says:

    for the record I certainly didn’t assume that you would be anything less than responsible with them but I was quite shocked when I was at a party at a friend’s home with many young kids playing throughout the house and I asked if there were any loaded or unsecure guns in the house and they said yeah but its in the top dresser drawer….again, not to be a hypocrite because we all have our own fears and circumstances and have to wiegh them when making decisions but that’s one accident thats easy enough to prevent, without risking what one views as thier security IMO

  13. Stu says:

    I hear ya. It’s actually a bit of an issue with me too. I was at a (former) friend’s apartment along with my youngest son and wife…I think Hugh was 2 or 3 years old at the time…and this chronic pot head idiot is showing off his new and supposedly unloaded 9mm when it discharged. The round went through the floor about 18 inches from where Hugh was standing. After the shock and stunned disbelief of the moment faded, my anger surged and it was literally all I could do to keep from beating him within an inch of his useless fucking life.

    In fact, 20-something years later and I feel the rage welling up inside me again just remembering/writing about it.

  14. bill says:

    Well, you know, guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

    They just apparently prefer using a gun instead of a wrench or hedge-clipper or pizza cutter.

    So, Stu, I guess you’re lucky he wasn’t showing off a lawnmower or string trimmer. ‘Course, most folks don’t get out the new Toro to show off to people. Doesn’t create the same fog of testosterone…or smell of burnt gunpowder from an accidental discharge.

  15. rsr348 says:

    Definitely a complicated issue with many causes–easy gun availability, lack of parenting, psycho people. This was also a topic on Wis. public radio yesterday, and one idea was to not focus on the shooter as much as the poor victims. The guest reminded us that no one ever remembers the names of the victims, but you hear endless talk about the shooter, and that’s what the desparate soul wanted–attention and eternal infamy. The host said we surely don’t want to leave these incidents unreported, but perhaps we should leave the perpetrator nameless and not create the fame he was looking for.

    And, yeah, this psycho dude had exactly the same stupid, uniformed reasons for his frightening behavior as we hear in the conversations at the tavern in our neighborhood. Unbelievable in this day and age.

  16. rsr348 says:

    I seem to keep forgetting to put the “n” in uninformed. Didn’t mean to say uniformed.

    And, interesting post about Washington’s teeth, Bill. My daughter brought home a Weekly Reader for President’s Day, and the article mentioned that people often lost their teeth back then. It showed a photo of his false teeth, and they were quite grotesque. I couldn’t understand why they would make fake teeth that looked decayed, but obviously they didn’t have the means to polish up the horse and donkey teeth. Or, perhaps pearly whites were not necessary for good looks. I’ve also heard Martha found George to be quite handsome.

    Thanks for standing up for wives too :)

  17. bill says:

    Well, you have to realize that these guys were wearing white wigs and stockings, too.

    They were apparently vain enough to get all cross-dressed up and worry about their missing teeth. Can you imagine the infections and disease from these crude appliances?

    And they were resourceful, thoughtful, courageous people.

    When I see a mouth-breathing, hairless ape wearing an “Obama Bin Lyin'” t-shirt at a gun show (wait for the so-called Tea Bag parties if you want see signs that evolution may be an imperfect science), I can’t see the connection between what the founders created and what these double-wide dickheads are spouting as far as Consitutional law is concerned.

  18. rsr348 says:

    Yes, the founding fathers are constantly brought up in arguments and many people don’t have a true understanding of what they meant, or don’t remember to take it in the context of the time they were living in.

  19. Randy Spiker says:

    Bill wrote;

    “When I see a mouth-breathing, hairless ape wearing an “Obama Bin Lyin’” t-shirt at a gun show (wait for the so-called Tea Bag parties if you want see signs that evolution may be an imperfect science), I can’t see the connection between what the founders created and what these double-wide dickheads are spouting as far as Consitutional law is concerned.”

    Your sensationalistic language aside, here is a 20/20 piece on Gun control;

  20. rsr348 says:

    Ok, I saw the Tea Parties on MSN Fri. night. Silly waste. I hope the fish like tea.

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