Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What Do You Do When Reality Isn't Convenient To Your View Of The World?

By Dave Dargo

Another tragic day yesterday, this time at a military base in Washington, D.C. The man pictured here went on a rampage and the story is tragic. He made some decision at some point that he was going to kill other people.

Don't Even Mention His Name
The story, as it stands today, is that he legally bought a shotgun from a dealer after successfully passing a background check. He took that shotgun onto the Navy Yard in Southeast D.C. and killed an armed guard by shooting him in the head. He took the guard's 9mm gun and one of his spare magazines. At some point he took an AR-15 rifle from a locker and continued his attack killing 12 innocent people before either being killed or killing himself.

U.S. Representative, Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland has stated that the shooting will renew the debate about gun control. He went on to say, "I'm sure that it will renew the discussions about access to weapons that can be used to kill a lot of people quickly."

U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California said, "When will enough be enough? Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life."

Let's look at this particular individual and the renewed calls we see for gun control coming out of the progressive press and the Democratic lawmakers:

  • Let's have expanded background checks.
    • First - he went through the background check the hoplophobes want everyone to go through before buying a gun.
    • Second - he had a "Secret" security clearance. Doesn't a "Secret" security clearance indicate a more rigorous background check than the normal gun buyer is required to undergo? Doesn't this indicate that no level of background check would have found the issues this individual had?
  • We need to prevent people like this from getting access to "assault weapons".
    • He didn't buy an "assault weapon", he bought a shotgun and stole the "assault weapon" from the firearms lockup in the military facility.
At what point do the hoplophobes realize that reality doesn't mesh with their view of the world?

The issue is this individual may have suffered from PTSD and was involved in multiple shooting incidents before he went on this rampage. He was not convicted of any crime. No one can yet claim that he was adjudicated mentally unstable.

Without such adjudications he would not have made it into any background check system that would have prevented him from legally obtaining a gun.

He showed up for his rampage with the very gun the Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden suggest should be sufficient for home defense and they claim they have no interest in regulating: a shotgun.

Yesterday was a horrific day for those of us who abhor violence.

It is also proving to be a horrific day for those of us who appreciate logic and common sense from those who hold the power to pass more useless legislation.

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