We had another mass shooting in another gun free zone. The cops say none of those anti-gun laws would have mattered. (Armed citizens on-premises would!) So, Ralph ‘blackface’ Northam calls a special session of the Virginia State legislature to do more of what won’t work.
Grab more guns.
“The nation is watching,” Northam said at a new conference. “We must do more than give our thoughts and prayers. We must give Virginians the action they deserve.”
That’s funny. They were watching when it was discovered that you wore blackface and buddied up with someone in a clan outfit for fun. No one got what they deserved, then. So, why would this be any different?
As with every other example of gun-grabbing, of which there are many, any successful effort by the left to pinch your rights a little tighter will result in more injury and death, not less. But you never let a crisis go to waste. Fear, emotion, legislation!
Northam’s pablum is predictable.
Northam said he would seek universal background checks, bans on assault weapons and suppressors, extreme-risk protective orders, child access prevention and other restrictions.
Bearing Arms dissects the prescription.
Universal background checks – the Virginia Beach killer apparently passed two of them, had no criminal record, and was a veteran of the Virginia National Guard. There’s no reason he wouldn’t have passed such a background check since, well, he did.
Bans on assault weapons– the killer used two handguns.
Bans on suppressors – suppressors have been viewed as the big boogieman in this, but everyone heard the shots being fired. They just chalked them up to construction taking place. There’s no evidence that they made the attack more lethal. That’s because they’re safety devices, not sound elimination devices that make firearms silent death machines. Plus, banning them would be a logistical nightmare since there are thousands already in the state.
Extreme-risk protective orders – while it does appear that the killer was beginning to get a little violent, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that such an order would have done a thing here. There aren’t legions of people claiming that they knew he was about to snap but were powerless to stop it.
Child access prevention – the killer was an adult and the lawful owner of the firearms used.
None of that addresses the real problem. Gun Free Zones. Places where people with criminal intent bring weapons knowing they will likely have a significant force advantage. Until we address that deficit, these events will continue.