I presume everyone now has heard of the church location mass murder on Sunday, 5th November 2017.
To recap, a man identified as Devin Patrick Kelley (age 26) killed some twenty people and injured six others at the last count I heard. The mass murder was conducted around 11:30 AM at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Kelly has been credited with mental problems and aggressive behavior, including being discharged dishonorably from the Air Force and having been confined to some form of mental health facility.
This mass murderer used a firearm or firearms in this mass murder. The use of a gun has predictably incited every liberal in the world to blame ‘guns’ for the actions of Kelley and most other deaths in the world.
However, the proposed legislative answer to the problem of murders – including mass-murders – as making firearms illegal or much harder to obtain – legally, of course – is undercut by the facts.
There are already laws, Federal and most if not all states, flatly barring the possession or acquisition of firearms by those adjudicated as ‘mentally imbalanced’. The various laws use other terms than ‘mentally imbalanced’ but the underlying concept is the same. There are already Federal and local laws prohibiting possession or acquisition of firearms by those convicted of ‘domestic abuse’, either as a felony or misdemeanor. There are other laws in the state of Texas, Wilson County (Texas) and Sutherland Springs (Texas) regarding discharging weapons within certain areas (such as ‘city limits’ or ‘inhabited areas’), and murder.
In other words, if ‘passing a law’ would solve the problem of mass and individual murder, the problem has already been solved.
Still there will be those who wail and weep for ‘gun control’ and demand ‘we have to do something!’ I agree, we need to do something. However, banning guns in an emotional paroxysm of legislation will not cease murders.
What can be done?
The first step is actually two-fold:
- understand blaming an inanimate object for human misconduct – specifically hatred – is ridiculous and puerile.
- understand a law does not prevent misconduct of any sort; a law merely makes such misconduct punishable.
Quickly following the first step is another two-fold action:
- understand there are not enough and cannot be enough law enforcement personnel to immediately stop all violent crimes.
- understand the intended victims are the only people in the place and time to prevent such violent crimes.
So, the facts destroy the argument of more legislation ‘banning’ guns. All the gun haters have left is emotion and half-truths. Why does this sound so familiar to me?