As usual twitter erupted into a bunch of people yelling and screaming for gun control, because well that’s what you do instead of nothing.
I sat and patiently waited until I could find the name of the shooter, with held for obvious reasons. What is significant though is the following:
So lets see here, restraining order and a serious domestic dispute. Hmm, there’s some amendment I remember that says those with Protective Restraining Orders against them cannot have firearms. What is it called again, oh yeah the Lautenberg Amendment.
The act bans shipment, transport, ownership and use of guns or ammunition by individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, or who are under a restraining (protection) order for domestic abuse in all 50 states. The act also makes it unlawful to knowingly sell or give a firearm or ammunition to such persons.
So what’s the score on this one. Gun control didn’t stop this murderer set on his mission. It could have very well prevented people from defending themselves depending on the policies of the spa and mall. It could have also prevented the victim from effectively seeking arms from the waiting period. Ultimately though we won’t know the true effect of either of those items.
What is know, for a fact, that this man was a prohibited person, and as oh so often occurs, gun control failed. Also of worthy note:
Personally I prefer these nut bags go use firearms. There is a decent chance of survival and overall they are much less effective than explosives or fire. The bottom line is all the clamoring for gun control is yet another example of the failure of people to comprehend how to properly cope with tragedy.
Gun control only does one thing really well. It ensures that the law-abiding victims are disarmed so the criminals can have their way without fear of failure.
*I will not aid in giving this monster his 15 minutes of fame.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.