An armed civilian, John Patrick Bedell, calmly walked up to an entrance at the Pentagon subway station entrance in Washington, D.C., pulled a gun from his coat, and shot two police officers on Thursday.
The two officers were wounded before they were able to return fire and wound Bedell. The gunman died from these wounds on Friday.
There is no clear explanation from police at this time as to why the man opened fire around 6:40pm, but Bedell had posted videos and text on the internet regarding his distrust of the government. The man blamed the government for the September 11th attacks.
This story clearly denies the logic behind, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” The man obviously wouldn’t have the means or resources to harm these police officers without the use of firearms. I’m very interested to find out if this gunman obtained his gun legally and if Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia require any psychological confirmation before purchasing such a firearm.