Another mass shooting, and once again the mantra is “But we gotta do SOMETHING to stop this.” And the “something” that the politicians want to do is disarm and make defenseless law-abiding people. They say they are for enacting “common sense” gun laws, and they “support” the Second Amendment, but the truth is that they want all guns abolished and are willing to slowly but surely sneak in massive legislation to get there.
Drunk drivers kill people, and we blame the drunk driver, not the cars or the alcohol. A terrorist kills people with bombs or vehicles, and the terrorist is blamed, not the vehicle or the bomb. But once again, a mass murderer kills people with a gun, and the blame is laid on the NRA, NRA Members, Republicans, gun owners, and the guns themselves.
So, let’s start by looking at even just a few of the pertinent facts and issues surrounding the case of the Texas Church Massacre (for you politicians and bureaucrats out there, I don’t have the ability to write this in crayon online, so you’ll have to try to read this slowly):
- It is a FELONY to commit murder.
- It is a FELONY to attempt murder.
- It is a FELONY to use a firearm in the commission of a crime.
- It is a FELONY for a prohibited person to possess firearms.
- It is a FELONY to lie on a BATFE Form 4473 to attempt to purchase a firearm.
- FELONS are prohibited from possessing firearms.
- If a prohibited person is PROPERLY processed after committing the crimes that makes them a prohibited person, the background check performed for them to purchase a firearm will disallow the sale.
- A person who is adjudicated mentally defective is prohibited from possessing firearms.
So What Happened?
Plain and simple: the killer was a prohibited person who should not have been in possession of firearms.
Fox News has confirmed that “…according to a 2012 police report, cops found Devin Patrick Kelley at a bus station in El Paso after escaping from New Mexico mental institution.”
This individual was prosecuted by the United States Air Force for domestic violence, and given a sentence which carried potential imprisonment of greater than one year. This in itself made this individual ineligible to possess firearms. But the Air Force FAILED to report this to the FBI to cause this to show up in the NICS database used for firearms purchase background checks. There was also evidently a failure to report his escape from a mental institution.
Had the U.S. Air Force properly processed this case, then he would have been found to be lying on the Form 4473 to purchase a firearm. This is in and of itself is a FELONY. But here is the problem with that: Only 44 of the approximately 48,000 instances of felony lying on a Form 4473 have been prosecuted.
And why is this? Because of activist, liberal prosecutors and judges, who seem to care more about the feelings of criminals than the victims, fail to properly prosecute and sentence criminals, or allow criminals to be let off with easy sentences or no sentence at all. They are too afraid or unwilling to prosecute the thugs and gang members committing a horrific number of murders in our large cities.
Want to do SOMETHING? Enforce the damn laws already in place! If a bureaucracy like the U.S. Air Force is not going to follow proper procedure to report their criminals to the FBI NICS system, and lawbreakers who lie on a Form 4473 are not going to be prosecuted, then don’t lecture ME on how it is too easy for people to obtain firearms. If liberal activist prosecutors and judges are going to be afraid or unwilling to prosecute gang members and murdering thugs in the streets of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, then don’t lecture ME on how we need to “do something” to stop this madness. If it is proven time and time again (as it has been over and over) that the millions of law-abiding gun owners in this country are not the ones committing these crimes, then don’t lecture ME on what type of firearms I can and cannot own to protect my family.
I have a spouse, kids, and grandchildren, any of whom I am willing to protect using up to and including deadly force. The lectures from the “elites” hold no merit, in my opinion. Legislators, judges, and law enforcement: Get on the ball and enforce the laws we have. If criminals don’t obey the laws already on the books, then what makes you think they will obey more laws? These incompetent legislators and bureaucrats are only penalizing the innocent and doing NOTHING to solve the problem.
Oh, and by the way: The hero who ran out in his bare feet to make the initial contact to bring the murderer down used an AR-15 to do so. So don't tell me we don't "need" these rifles to confront bad guys!