Pittsburgh Cop Killer: “Obama Scheming to Take My Guns”

Monday, April 6, 2009

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Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski, the Pittsburgh killer of 3 cops, is the newest American psycho, who slept with a gun under his pillow in a basement room filled with firearms and ammunition. He told friends and relatives that the Jews controlled the media, and President Obama was scheming to take away his extensive gun and rifle collection.

Those who know the man accused of killing three police officers and shooting a fourth described Poplawski, 22, of Stanton Heights, PA, as quiet, clever and kind to dogs. He was also a violent, abusive man who once dragged his former girlfriend by her hair across the room and who tried to choke his mother. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but flopped out, never making it through boot camp.

Poplawski owned a bullet-proof vest, an AK-47 assault rifle and at least seven other weapons, all obtained legally. He grew angry recently over fears President Obama would outlaw guns.

So there you have it, folks. Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski is just th latest gun obsessed loser, who subscribed to wild conspiracy theories and who lived on the fringe of American society. Poplawski’s carnage comes just hours after another American psycho, Jiverly Voong, shot and killed 13 people in Binghamton, NY.

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23 Responses to Pittsburgh Cop Killer: “Obama Scheming to Take My Guns”

  1. bradfrmphnx says:

    Feb. 13, 2009…An airplane crash leaves fifty dead in Buffalo, NY.

    Mar 23, 2009…Plane crash in Butte, Montana kills 14.

    Global airline analysis for 2008…relatively low at 583 deaths.

    In 2008, CDC reported that cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke resulted in an estimated 443,000 deaths and 5.1 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually in the United States during 2000–2004.

    I know a lot of people die needlessly by guns. They also die needlessly by other means. It would seem to me though, that something needs to be done short of taking everyones arms from them. Guns are outlawed in Mexico, yet they are getting killed by them by the thousands every year right now. There is no easy answer to this one.

    The only thing we can be assured of is that there will be more senseless death in the world for as long as it continues to exist.

  2. feminazi says:

    This wave of violence sweeping the country is more than a little unsettling. This guy in the post, and the shooter in upstate New York, and the this was preceded by four policemen shot and killed in Oakland, CA a few week ago. I don’t understand why we have so much violence in this country. I will leave this to the experts but, the easy availability of guns to commit acts of violence needs to stop. Enough, already.

  3. TOM339 says:

    The first commenter seems to want to equivocate deaths caused by mechanical failure, and deaths caused by disease, with murders committed by gun violence.

    This is a tired and illogical argument many National Rifle Association members attempt (and fail) to make. How do I know? Unfortunately, I have a few of them in my family and the argument never ends.

    Back to the topic. There is no question we are seeing an increase in urban and suburban violent crime. Some blame the economy, the recession, the inability to find work, or work that pays half of what you used to make, meaning house payments can’t be made, household stress leading to divorce, and more fractured families. My daughter is a social worker and she sees it everyday, in every walk of life.

    Take the recent case of the Washington state man who shot and killed his five children in a mobile home park near Tacoma, south of Seattle, before taking his own life with the same gun. This is true abhorrent behavior and yet it is happening more and more.

    There was much take about “change” as a theme in the last election but, how about a little more “hope?” Americans (except for the elites) are suffering and desperation is on the rise.

  4. Dmitris says:

    So this Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski cat was freaked out about the Jews and Obama taking away his guns, so he popped 3 cops? Nice. What a fucking loser. I just hope Pennsylvania has the death penalty because I am over these people.

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    The local news had a piece about a part-time department manager job at Home Depot advertised in the Sunday paper. It paid $12 an hour.

    250 people showed up to apply. Think about it for a minute. A ratio of 250 people per a single job.

    Assuming one of them was extended an offer for employment, this leaves 249 people unemployed. No wonder people are crazy today.

  6. bradfrmphnx says:

    “The first commenter seems to want to equivocate deaths caused by mechanical failure, and deaths caused by disease, with murders committed by gun violence.”

    Perhaps in your attempt to get your point across, you entirely missed mine. My point was to illustrate that all of these deaths are needless.
    I’ll hold up the point that in Mexico guns are illegal. Yet more people die there by gun violence than in the United States. No matter what side of the fence you are on that should bring up a question of concern. Why is that happening? Perhaps because the cartels have all of the guns, and the common man can not defend himself? The cartels know this so therefore they act with impunity. Maybe? Just asking.

    I know my stance is unpopular on this thread when it comes to gun control. But I hope this thread can be used for discussion, and not as a tool to put down those who disagree with you. Its hard not to accept your points. I’m just trying to show another vein of thinking.

    I don’t own a gun and never have.

  7. JollyRoger says:

    Guns are outlawed in Mexico, yet they are getting killed by them by the thousands every year right now.

    That’s because of us, and our laws.

  8. JollyRoger says:

    I’ll hold up the point that in Mexico guns are illegal. Yet more people die there by gun violence than in the United States.

    We all know where those guns are coming from. With all due respect, this is an intellectually dishonest argument.

  9. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Stories like the Home Depot story are common place today.

    750 in Miami show-up for one firefighter job.
    700 in San Francisco apply for one janitor job.

    The fucking country is upside down and is anyone surprised when they enter crazy town?

    President Obama had better hightail it home and start fixing the employment situation or the inmates may take over the asylum.

  10. Woodcliffe says:

    My wife and I drove from Maryland to Mississippi a few years ago to attend a writers conference in Oxford.

    Along the way, we stopped and shopped at various roadside flea markets, as the “Mrs.” is an avid collector of Fire-King Jadeite. I enjoyed talking to the locals and listening to the accents and the stories they shared. Anyway, long story short, I would say at roughly half of these flea markets, guns and rifles were available for sale. The sellers weren’t members of any Mexican drug cartel, or extremist, or hate group — not that I could tell, they were just locals in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, doing what people do when they sell at flea markets in the south during the summer months.

    While I had no interest in purchasing a gun or guns, or a rifle or rifles, if I did, I had every opportunity to create a genuine, militia force and no one would have known. In many parts of these here United States, guns and rifles are easier to locate and purchase than a vintage Fire-King Jadeite oatmeal bowl.

  11. bradfrmphnx says:

    If you do the research you will find that only about 40% of the guns in Mexico are coming from the U.S. Let’s say the U.S. didn’t have any guns, do you think the cartels would have any trouble getting them from Russia? (Which is where the other 60% are coming from.)

    It still begs the question. Gun advocates say if you eliminate guns only criminals would have them. Mexico would seem to clearly illustrate that point.

    If you want to change the laws in the U.S. you will have to present better answers to all of the questions I ask. Not for me, but for the courts. If issues as transparant as gay rights and marijuana reform can’t get passed through the courts, how are you ever going to confront gun issues?

    In order to change the thinking on guns, you have to do the same thing as you do in order to change the thinking on gay rights. Present solid arguements in your favor. Not liking people dieing from guns isn’t going to be good enough to change something that people think is an inheritable a right as breathing air.

  12. Rachel says:

    I appreciate the fact the economy is in the toilet, and jobs are hard to come by, and people are losing their homes, and marriages are ending, but at some point, I have to ask, when are people going to stop blaming the externals for their internal behavior? The gloom and doom that is everywhere but it is still no excuse for slaughtering your children or innocent people who just happened to be in your path. I’m sorry to sound heartless but enough with the blame game.

  13. RealWorldRadical says:

    bradfrmphnx, Last numbers I saw were closer to 50%, but regardless, supply *does* make a difference. And no, I don’t recommend banning all guns. And yes, I know about gun laws in Switzerland and South Africa and their relative murder rates. And I fully understand that memory is short for just what a government can do.

    But this isn’t either or…it’s not “ban all guns” or “leave the current madness”. Guns have to come from somewhere and this isn’t meth — not any idiot can whip up a semi-automatic in the basement. Restricting the number produced and the number owned *does* make a difference. It won’t make us Sweden or Switzerland or Japan no matter what we do. But when you can buy and resell hundred to criminals, when you can collect and then have your collection stolen and used to murder, you’ve gone to far.

    We can have a society in which every law abiding citizen is allowed to own a gun and still not create the kind of supply that keeps criminal across the America’s floating in guns.

  14. bradfrmphnx says:

    RealWorldRadical…You make some very good points on a very touchy subject. Finding some common ground will be the first best thing we can do in finding some manner of gun control.

    “We can have a society in which every law abiding citizen is allowed to own a gun and still not create the kind of supply that keeps criminal across the America’s floating in guns.”

    Agreed!

  15. sadly — the continued invective from the likes of hannity and coulter and limpdick van limberger cheese will cause more people to resort to this

  16. MacDaddy says:

    “I appreciate the fact the economy is in the toilet, and jobs are hard to come by, and people are losing their homes, and marriages are ending, but at some point, I have to ask, when are people going to stop blaming the externals for their internal behavior?”
    Rachel: Bless you. Some of these folks don’t know how to handle difficult times. They’re not used to losing jobs or having to humiliate themselves by
    going on welfare, or feeling so hopeless they want
    to go off somewhere and cry. Hey, join the club. I
    grew up with black relatives and white neighbors dealt with these feelings all their lives. It’s nothing new.

    Dr. King said in 1968 that the problem with his “white brothers” is that they are now realizing that they will not be as well of as their parents. It’s true for some of the rest of us brothers and sisters too.

  17. Rachel says:

    MacDaddy,

    I grew up in suburban Seattle and my father was a machinist for Boeing. In the 1970’s, Boeing laid-off more than 25,000 employees, whites, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics, and this was before the local economy was diversified as it is today. The joke on billboards said, “The last person to leave Seattle, turn off the lights.” We struggled something awful. After a year with no job, my father found employment with a company who performed Naval ship maintenance. The point I was trying to make is, my father didn’t go out and buy a gun and kill his family or the neighbors because times were tough and he was frustrated.

  18. JollyRoger says:

    If you like strolls through history, you’ll find out that murdering one’s entire family was not all that unusual during the last Republican Depression either.

    It’s a horror, but it’s also sickeningly commonplace in America in rough times.

  19. MacDaddy says:

    Rachel, that’s the point I was trying to make too. And even with the extra burden of race– of knowing we wouldn’t be hired by many because of our race– we didn’t go on killing sprees but buckled down and worked harder. At times, my dad had three jobs. He was not the only one.

  20. While I do not advocate banning all guns I do think that the likes of Bauchman, Beck, Hanity, Limbaugh, O’ranty, and all of them are participating in inciting violence against our Government, and egging the crazy as shit right wingers into acts of violence against liberals and the current administration.

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  22. libhomo says:

    There are no legitimate reasons for private gun ownership. Claims to the contrary are just NRA terrorist propaganda. Anyone who opposes gun control is personally responsible for all gun crimes, no ifs, no ands, no buts, and no excuses.

    Osama bin Laden doesn’t need Al Qaeda to kill Americans. He has the NRA and its supporters doing the killing for him.

  23. JohnD says:

    “There are no legitimate reasons for private gun ownership”…

    What about THE CONSTITUTION? It has been described as the greatest document of governance ever created. Are you calling the founding fathers terrorists?

    “The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” -Samuel Adams

    “To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them…” -George Mason

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

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” -Thomas Jefferson

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