“The incident began when the armed suspect, former Trooper Clarence Briggs, 55, confronted two employees — including 55-year-old toll collector Danny Crouse — and tried to tie them up,” abcnews.go.com reports. “A struggle ensued and Briggs fled. Security guard Ronald Heist, 71, a contractor for the turnpike, then drove up to the plaza. Briggs confronted Heist and Crouse there and shot and killed them.” And then died in the gunfight. Under FBI guidelines, this incident falls one fatality short of a “mass shooting.” Even so, there’s no doubt Everytown for Gun Safety and other gun control orgs will ignore this “gun crime” in their ceaseless campaign for civilian disarmament because . . .
the killer used to be a cop. While you and I know cops are civilians, anti-gun rights agitators make a distinction between law enforcement and the general populace. They want to disarm average Americans while leaving the police fully armed. Which is why they’re so damn scary. It’s also why anti-ballistic Bloombergians never take exception to cop carve-outs for gun control bills — despite the fact that police are more likely to commit crimes than the general population. (Three times more likely to commit murder, in fact.) So this one will go unremarked. Personally, I wonder about Trooper Briggs’ honorable discharge.