A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, April 14, 2007

For Want of a Nail.........

"Do you want to get shot?" an enraged former employee demanded, as Alan Steinberg sat behind his desk in Gordon Advisors PC accounting firm in Troy, Michigan. Steinberg recognized his adversary as Anthony LaCalamita III, a recently fired auditor. For a moment, he thought LaCalamita was holding a toy gun. "Do you want to get shot?" LaCalamita again asked, ordering Steinberg to sit back down. LaCalamita then racked a 00 buckshot round into his Remington 870's chamber, shouldered the gun and aimed it at his target. Steinberg threw up his left arm, trying to push away the barrel. LaCalamita fired. Steinberg dropped to the floor, his hip shattered by buckshot. It was just after 10 a.m. on April 9, 2007.

Horrified workers cowered under their desks as LaCalamita stormed from that bloody office and down a long hallway, passing their offices and cubicles. Not one employee drew a concealed weapon. The murderer to be made eye contact with former coworkers as they scampered away. Within seconds, he reached his ultimate destination, Paul Riva's office. Madeline Kafoury, a receptionist and mother of four and grandmother of five, met him at the doorway. LaCalamita shot Kafoury in the abdomen, blasting buckshot through her body, shredding vital organs, taking her life. He then turned to an unarmed Paul Riva. "Good-bye, Paul," he then said coldly. He shot Riva in the chest.

Alan Steinberg was able to give police his account of what happened on Monday, but Riva has remained unconscious and is on life support. Madeline Kafoury died. A shackled and quiet LaCalamita was arraigned Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder, two counts of intent to commit murder, three counts of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count of fleeing and eluding police. The gruesome account of LaCalamita's rampage through Suite 200 of the Troy Michigan firm, based on affidavits from Steinberg and other witnesses, was read aloud in 52-4 District Court. LaCalamita is a man with a history of suicide attempts and psychosis, which allegedly became murderous revenge over his job termination. He went to Gordon Advisors searching for the specific managers who had fired him the week before, according to law enforcement officials. A not guilty plea was entered for LaCalamita by the judge.

Police say his actions were calculated and organized. From the purchase of a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun at 3:40 p.m. Friday, to the shooting itself, he was in total control of his behavior. He fled the scene, leading police on a chase north on I-75 past Saginaw and into Bay County, where he was subsequently taken into custody. "Goal-directed," Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Novy said, describing LaCalamita's actions. "You will hear that phrase throughout these proceedings." Novy said that because LaCalamita's actions seemed premeditated, it would be difficult for him to use his bipolar disorder as a defense. Good. That should not be a defense for murder anyway. Many people suffer with bipolar disorder, yet refrain from murder. Mental disease should never be an excuse for criminal actions.

Gun control advocates are now pointing out that LaCalamita was denied a permit to buy a handgun, based on his psychiatric history, claiming that he was then forced to resort to a shotgun. They are appear to be shocked that a shotgun will do just as bloody a job as a handgun, if not more so. Guess what........So will a baseball bat. Gun control advocates fail to understand that it is not the tool that kills, but the person weilding it. No gun law prevented Anthony LaCalamita from committing murder. No sign on the front door of Gordon Advisors PC accounting firm prevented him from taking a shotgun inside. A handgun in Alan Steinberg's hand and a bit of training under his belt could have saved lives. Madeline Kafoury and Paul Riva were not shot because a failed system allowed Anthony LaCalamita III to buy a shotgun. They were shot because Alan Steinberg did not have an effective means of self defense. That is the truth that the gun control nuts want to keep hidden.

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Anonymous Robb Allen said...

Two comments -

I have bipolar disorder. I don't murder anyone. Don't even have the urge to.

The second - and this bothers me as much as it can since it helps the antis - I'm not even sure having a gun would have helped the victims. It seems like our society is so whipped into we don't even use them when we have them. For example, check out this story from right up the road from me. A man takes hostages at a friggin' GUN STORE.

We need to truly work hard to teach our children that self defense isn't just a right, it's a damned requirement. We need to resurrect the American spirit that says "I refuse to submit to tyranny" because tyranny doesn't require a king or repressive government. The force of a petty criminal works just as well.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Zane said...

Whatever happens to this guy, it is too good for him. I mean that, there is no punishment severe enough for this kind of action, at least not that can be administered by a human being.
As I read it, these were not the actions of a crazy man, nor of a sick man. (Certainly, he was not well, but any psychosis other than pure sociopathy with that kind of focus is rare indeed.) These were the actions of a man likely hoping that he could use his condition for some kind of defence for his own twisted behavior. He is likely that special breed of person for whom everything and everybody but himself is the cause of his problems. That seems to be the kind that pulls these stunts.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck, I was diagnosed with anger management problems and I worked at the Post Office for 45 years.

I own a AK 47 and an AR 15, my daughter and son-in-law aren't scared of me!

Nobody is scared of me, except that person that is going to kick my door down someday and find out what a mistake that was!

8:14 AM  

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