Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Philly Brand Terrorism -- and Leadership

            A Philadelphia police officer was ambushed last Thursday night; city official’s reactions were as immediate as they were predictable.

            Officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting in his police cruiser when a young black man in Arab-style clothing walked at him from across the street.  Screaming Allahu Akbar!, the man fired thirteen rounds from a pistol, the last few from within the cruiser’s window. Hartnett was hit three times in his left arm. Bleeding heavily, he was able to chase after his assassin and wound him in the rear, helping make his arrest a certainty. The tenacious officer was admitted to the hospital in critical but stable condition and may have permanent nerve damage in the arm, but he will survive.

            Details started emerging quickly. The failed executioner confessed, saying he acted in the name of Islam. He told detectives "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State, and that's why I did what I did." He shot because he believed the police defend laws that are contrary to the Koran. The attacker had several arrests and a prior felony conviction for assault with a firearm, but was paroled immediately after sentencing. He visited the Middle East several times, without appearing on a watch list. The terrorist turned evasive when asked about any others participating in the crime. Lastly, the weapon used was a police sidearm, stolen from another officer back in 2013.  

Small Man In Big Position
The investigation had barely started when Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney jumped before the news cameras.  With city and police officials staged behind him as props, Kenney stated, “In no way, shape, or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam, or the teaching of Islam, has anything to do with [the shooting of Officer Hartnett]. That claim is absolutely unsupported by what was known then or even now; and it’s likely to be just the opposite. The mayor then further bloviated; “There are too many guns on our streets and I think our national government needs to do something about that.” Even though the gun was actually stolen from the police and used by a terrorist.

          It seems like whatever the problem, the answer is always gun control. 


  1. I admit sometimes I think a few select politicians play a game amongst themselves: Name any issue, and find as many ways as possible to link it, however tenuously, to "too many guns".

    If this remained a game, I wouldn't have a problem with it. But all too often, it results in someone making public policy based on the outcome.

  2. I go back and forth on this all the time. Are politicians really this stupid? Sometimes, the answer is a YES!

    Then... in my darker, more rational, periods, I see Lenin, Mao, Alinsky, Ayers, Soros, Obama disarming the counter-revolutionaries who would resist their statists dreams. When power flows from the muzzle of a gun, they're going to be damn sure it's their muzzle.

  3. Thanks for the post.The police department will always find it difficult to The real problem is in the moral obligation of the people not in the guns.Even though they are supposed to be used for safeguarding others from danger not for . Training and morality should be good,then the laws will be followed by their own.
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