Mass Public Shootings: Missing the Obvious


The bodies of the 14 victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack were barely cold before the gun control true believers came swarming out of the woodwork. President Obama, in a rare oval office address, spent only a few minutes on terrorism before launching into a lengthy rant demanding more gun control.

Hillary Clinton wasted no time jumping on the gun control band wagon, uttering all of the focus-group tested buzz words: “sensible gun safety measures” and “universal background checks” to close the mythical “gun show loophole” and/or “Internet loophole” blah, blah, blah.

Clinton also added a new one—the “Charleston loophole,” named for the incident at a church group in Charleston in which Dylan Roof killed nine people. Only one problem: there was no “loophole.” Kudos to the Washington Post for pointing this fact out:

“Roof had been arrested for possession of narcotics in February, a felony charge that should have surfaced on criminal databases and prevented him from buying a weapon at a gun store.”

Sean Davis at The Federalist summed it up succinctly:

“Thus the real problem was not a non-existent loophole, but simple human failure to enter the disqualifying data into the system.” [emphasis ours]

Rational, thinking people have long understood that no legal measures are going to stop committed killers from getting their hands on the means to commit mass murder. Whether a disgruntled ex-employee, a psychotic teenager, or, as in the case of San Bernardino, Islamic terrorists, evil people will find a way.

The San Bernardino incident should have been seen by anyone as proof that even California’s already incredibly strict and complicated regulations, including bans on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, won’t stop the terrorists from getting them.

Besides that, firearms were not even intended to be their deadliest tool—the jihadists involved had prepared more than a dozen pipe bombs, presumably to take out first responders, either at the government center where the attack took place, or at some other, as yet undetermined location. Yet both President Obama and Hillary Clinton reiterated their demand for “universal background checks.”

But the truth is that no background check system will ever be truly “universal.” Why? First, whether Bloods, Crips, or would be jihadists, violent killers do NOT get their guns from gun shows or on the Internet, let alone at gun stores. They steal them or buy them on the black market.

Second, and more to the point, the San Bernardino massacre clearly illustrates that in order to circumvent ANY background check, you need only do what Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, did: you simply get someone with a clean record to buy the guns for you. Sure, it’s a “straw purchase” and a felony, but there is simply no way to prevent it, no matter what kind of supposedly “universal” background check scheme you create.

Finally, the most obvious lesson that should be taken away from both Charleston and San Bernardino is that “Gun-Free” zones kill. Forcing people to be unarmed and defenseless does nothing but guarantee that they will be helpless victims in a murderous rampage, whether by insane misfits or Islamic terrorists.

Once you confront the unavoidable reality that no laws will ever prevent killers from getting weapons, the only sane solution is to allow good people to be armed, whenever and wherever possible.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for sanity to prevail…

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