Rookie cop killed by a gun, “once again in the wrong hands”. After paying the requisite homage to the poor, brave man shot down as he responded to a robbery, Lupica turns to his real point:
So it was a young policeman who ended up dead this time. A couple of weeks ago it was a kid out of Seton Hall Prep and the University of Richmond named Brendan Tevlin, sitting in a Jeep Liberty at the intersection of Northfield Ave. and Walker Road at midnight in West Orange, shot dead there, assailant still unknown, motive unknown, the funeral for Tevlin last week in front of 1,000 people, the kid not making it to his second year of college the way Melvin Santiago doesn’t make it to his second year as a cop.
A gun goes off at Communipaw and Kennedy, such a busy intersection during the day in Jersey City. A gun goes off at Northfield and Walker Road in West Orange. Two young lives, gone like that, in the country of the gun; in a state now officially classified stupid about guns because the governor of the state, Christie, won’t even allow a law limiting rounds of ammunition.
So we continue to feel as if no one is safe from guns in this country, and now in Jersey City the one not safe is a cop responding to a call about an armed robbery, a young guy who even supported himself at a Target store as he kept his dream alive about being a cop, and about keeping his city safe. Until nobody could keep him safe once Lawrence Campbell opened fire. This wasn’t just an execution, or merely a tragedy of Santiago’s city, it was an American tragedy.
This disgusting parasite (the sportswriter, although the gunman’s no better) uses the death of a young cop to trot out his anti-gun screed, yet again when in fact the gunman was unarmed when he entered the store: he wrested the gun used in the murder from a security guard. Lupica’s answer? Disarm everyone, even private guards.
Why doesn’t he start with former Mayor Bloomberg’s squad of body guards?