On Christmas Eve, firefighters from Webster, NY responded to a house fire. Soon after arriving on the scene, shots rang out and four firemen fell to the ground. The rest of the firefighters took cover and radioed that they were being shot at and that they had firemen who had been shot.
Soon after, police arrived and exchanged shots with the suspect. Then, the 62 year old turn his gun on himself and fired a fatal shot, ending the skirmish. William Spengler lay dead from his own hand.
Firemen Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were wounded and transported to the nearby hospital where they will spend their Christmas. However, Thomasz Kaczowka (19) and Mike Chiapperini (43) were not as fortunate as they both suffered fatal wounds and will never see their family again, at least not here on earth. Kaczowka was a 911 dispatcher who also served as a volunteer firefighter. Chiapperini was a Lieutenant with the Webster police department who also served as a volunteer firefighter and who was named Fireman of the Year just two weeks ago.
No one knows the motive behind Spengler’s actions. It appears that he deliberately set the house and a car on fire and then waited for the fire department to respond. What they do know about him is that in 1980, Spengler beat his elderly grandmother to death with a hammer and was subsequently sent to prison. Instead of first degree murder, he was found guilty of first degree manslaughter and was then sentenced to an indeterminate sentence, of which he only served 18 years before being released in 1998. He was closely supervised by a parole officer until 2006.
Even though New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and Spengler was a convicted felon who is not allowed to handle, own or purchase a firearm, he still managed to do so. Police found a number of different types of guns at his home, which proves that strict gun laws do not prevent deranged killers from obtaining and using them.
I believe this whole thing would have been avoided had Spengler been convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty for the brutal murder of his grandmother. New York didn’t abolish the death penalty until 2007 which means it was still in effect when Spengler was convicted.
The Bible is very clear about murder. Exodus 20:13 states:
“You shall not murder.”
Numbers 35:16 states:
“But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.”
Spengler struck his grandmother with an instrument of iron and he surely should have been put to death. Had biblical law been followed, Spengler would have been executed for his crime and volunteer firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini would still be alive and would have been home with their families on Christmas Day. Firemen Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter would not have been wounded and would also have been home for Christmas.
Gun laws don’t work! The death penalty does!