Guns 'n' hoses: Four firefighters shot, two killed after responding to NY house fire (VIDEO)

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guns cartoon arm teachersVia.  How sadly ironic this cartoon is.

Fire stations now need armed guards, too, right Wayne LaPierre? And maybe a few traveling sharpshooters for the firetrucks?

 There are no words left... all I've got is, this is just appalling. Here are some details via Raw Story:

[F]irefighters who responded to a structure fire in Lake Road early this morning found themselves fired upon by an as-yet-unknown assailant. [...]

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering, who teared up during the press conference, told reporters that two firefighters responded to the call on the engine and two responded in their personal vehicles. One managed to flee the firefight on his own, but the other three were pinned down and two were rescued by SWAT. Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Michael Chiapperini (also a lieutenant with the Webster police department) were found dead at the scene, Theodore Scardino was shot and was in surgery at the time of the press conference and Joseph Hofsetter was injured... The shooter is believed to be deceased at the scene...

Updates at the link.

UPDATE via the Denver Post: Holy crap...

Police in New York state say a man who ambushed firefighters had served 17 years for manslaughter in the death of his grandmother.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says 62-year-old William Spengler was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Police say he set fire to a car and house to lure firefighters to his house on the shore of Lake Ontario early Monday.

This has got to stop, or at least slow way down. It's a systemic problem, one that can start to be remedied at the court level. That means, of course, electing presidents who nominate federal and Supreme Court judges who differ greatly from the likes of Scalia and Thomas. And electing Congress members who will support that president.

Of course, common sense gun safety laws wouldn't hurt. (Understatement)

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  • http://twitter.com/Aqua_Buddah Jason Rowe

    LaPierre will say first-responders should have a SWAT team sweep the area, before you or your home can be rescued.  A building-to-building sweep, reconnoiter for snipers, setup a perimeter; One to six hours, depending on density of area. EZ PZ.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    Fire stations now need armed guards, too, right Wayne LaPierre?

    Shoot -- forget the armed guards; in Wayne's world, the firefighters themselves would be packin' . . .