Writer who got temporary PTSD from firing gun OK with murder of Russian ambassador

ambassador shotIn an op-ed posted Tuesday at the New York Daily News, Gersh Kuntzman — the writer who got temporary PTSD after shooting an AR-15 — said he’s perfectly okay with the murder of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov by a Turkish police officer shouting, “Allahu akbar,” and, “Don’t forget Aleppo.”

He wrote:

As Vladimir Putin’s man in Turkey, Karlov was the public face of that murderous dictator’s war crimes around the globe and of oppression at home. Andrei Karlov is the human embodiment of policies that deployed bunker busters to kill babies, sent fighter planes on scorched earth bombing runs that destroyed a whole city, aided Syrian madman Bashar al-Assad in his campaign that has killed hundreds of thousands, and even ordered attacks on UN aid workers.

So I, for one, am shedding no tears for Andrei Karlov. Frankly, I’m surprised his murder didn’t come months ago. After all, this was the lede sentences of a Washington Post story from Oct. 9: “There seems to be no way for the international community to stop the ongoing war crimes being committed by the Syrian regime and its Russian allies, especially in Aleppo,” the newspaper reported. “But by brazenly flouting international law, leaders and rank-and-file officials in both countries are opening themselves up to future justice in multiple ways.”

“Justice has been served,” he added.

His post prompted a great deal of criticism on Twitter.




He later defended his position:

Twitchy said the Daily News changed Kuntzman’s headline to something a bit less callous:

Many world leaders condemned the shooting, but Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasiuk referred to the shooter as a “hero.”

“When a man puts his life at stake and is ready to take radical measures for ideas, for truth, then you can definitely say – A HERO,” he said on Facebook, prompting outrage from Putin.


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