Pittsburgh Cop Killer Feared 'Obama Gun Ban'
Troubled youth 'never had bad intentions,' friend says
By Wesley Oliver, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2009 4:59 PM CDT
The mother and grandmother of Richard Poplawski leave their home in the Stanton Heights area of Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/John Heller)

(Newser) – The 22-year-old man who murdered three police officers in an early morning shootout today was a fun-loving youth who feared the government would take away his gun rights, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. “He was a good kid,” said Edward Perkovic, a lifelong friend of Richard Poplawski, who’s now in police custody. “He never had bad intentions. He never spoke about harming anybody.”

Poplawksi, who’s estranged from his father and lives with his mother and grandmother, had been expelled from high school and was dishonorably discharged from the Marines. Police haven’t established a motive, but Poplawski feared “the Obama gun ban that's on the way” and “didn't like our rights being infringed upon,” Perkovic told the AP.

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lonewolf17
Apr 7, 2009 2:22 AM CDT
So the guy fears the state is collapsing and police are unable to protect him, so he buys guns - and then kills police. There was a breakdown of logical, reason and downright sanity here. (And yes, thank you gun-nut conspiracy theorists for creating paranoid people such as this)
Riffran
Apr 6, 2009 1:02 AM CDT
excellent point there AC, and a valid observation...suprised more didn't pick up on that
AClotfelter
Apr 5, 2009 11:59 AM CDT
This guy sounds like a real winner... I don't know how it is in other states, but here in Colorado part of the background check is prohibiting those with a dishonorable discharge from buying weapons.