A man who ambushed and shot a police officer in his patrol car in West Philadelphia admitted that he had “pledged allegiance” to ISIS. In his confession, he claimed that he had attacked Officer Jesse Hartnett “in the name of Islam.” Yet despite the clear indications that this was a terrorist attack, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in an early press conference that the real culprit was a lack of gun control.
“There are just too many guns on the streets,” Kenney announced, “and I think our national government needs to do something about that.” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross clarified that the gun had been stolen from a police officer—not legally purchased. It is reprehensible that a major elected official would try to use terrorism to stump for gun control. One bit of good news: Officer Hartnett, who returned fire and wounded his attacker, is expected to make a full recovery.
Rasmussen: Majority Opposes Unilateral Action On Gun Control
A poll released by Rasmussen Reports indicates that 58 percent of respondents designated as “Likely U.S. Voters” think that President Barack Obama should act in accordance with the wishes of Congress instead of going it alone on gun control. Only 39 percent thought it was appropriate for the president to act independently of Congress on this area of policy.
A mere 21 percent think that the president’s executive action will be effective at reducing the number of mass shootings in the country, with 59 percent disagreeing and 20 percent unsure. Despite the acclaim for the executive orders common in the mainstream media, it appears that most Americans are uncomfortable with the president acting unilaterally—and very few expect positive results.
Ohio Mother Shoots Home Invader
A 23-year-old mother and her young son were at home in Harrison Township, Ohio, when she heard the noise of someone attempting to gain access to her home. She called her boyfriend and alerted him, but as she was on the phone a suspect reportedly began breaking in. She fired several shots at the intruder, who fled the scene and collapsed shortly afterwards. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
A representative of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 22 that the suspect had removed a screen from the window and was entering the home when he was shot. A neighbor of the young mother’s spoke in support of her actions: “If you’re breaking into someone’s house, you know, be aware someone could have a gun at the other side.” The armed mother and her child were both uninjured.