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Guns + Psychosis = Murder

The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for a sixteenth day Sunday.

Police appeared to have narrowed their search Saturday afternoon, largely shutting down the area where Eric Frein, 31, lived with his parents, but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors.

With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with rifles continued their hunt for Eric Frein, 31, now on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Authorities say Frein used a high-powered rifle with a scope to open fire from the woods near a state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson -- a married ex-Marine with two sons -- and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.

What enabled Frein to kill Trooper Dickson and wound Trooper Douglass, was easy access to firearms in his parents' home.


A grandfather shot and killed his adult daughter and her six children on Thursday, Sept. 18th, at a home in Bell, Florida, police confirmed.

Above, Don Spirit, deceased

Police received a call from the shooter, identified as 51-year-old Don Spirit, around 4 p.m., according to WGNO. An officer responded and confronted Spirit, who then committed suicide.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's office is investigating and did not identify the victims. However, police said the child victims' ages range from 3 months to 10-years-old.

Earlier, sources identified the adult victim as Sarah Spirit.

What enabled Spirit to kill his adult daughter, her six children, and then himself, was access to a firearm.


These are just two cases in the recent past that call my attention to two easily defined parameters: A psychotic personality and access to firearms.

I know this conversation has been had before and will likely be had many, many more times before any kind of resolution is imagined and/or instituted.

But, if we, the media, don't keep putting it in people's faces, nothing will happen.

Guns + Psychosis = Murder

That's in my opinion.

Michael C. Quinn