A former South Bend Police Officer who was shot in the line of duty is headed to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for changes in the gun laws.
“I was shot by a convicted felon while in the line of duty doing a drug investigation for the City of South Bend (August 17, 2004)” said Rick Ruszkowski during a lay-over in Detroit. “That convicted felon received 18-months penalty.”
Rick Ruszkowski was a plain clothes undercover officer in August of 2004, when he was shot and wounded. It was assumed that the gunman did not know Ruszkowski was a police officer when the shots were fired. “And I’m hoping to get an ear with congress to try and put some teeth or stiffen the illegal gun laws that are currently in place,” said Ruszkowski.
Ruszkowski is one of 120 gunfire survivors from across the nation who will lobby through Wednesday at the nation’s capital. “I think the common sense end of it is, we have laws in place that require backgrounds, and I think a criminal background for anybody that purchases a gun would be mandatory and the stiffer penalties for the criminal that’s carrying a gun, when we have a convicted felon that can possess two handguns and get an 18 month sentence, there’s something wrong in the law somewhere.”
Ruszkowski says he has no opinion on the idea of imposing new restrictions on the sale of assault weapons, because he was not shot with an assault weapon.
Ruszkowski was asked to lobby on behalf of the group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Ruszkowski retired from the force in 2008.