Gilroy Shooting Spurs More Anti-Gun Nonsense
20 years ago, a couple of punks used shotguns and handguns to kill 13 classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado. Likely no coincidence, that shooting happened on April 20, 1999, which is “420” day in stoner-speak. That mass-shooting event took place despite the 1994 “Assault Weapons” ban being in full effect. Those youths could not buy military-style rifles, and instead used handguns and shotguns to commit slaughter of an unarmed public.
Since Columbine, anti-gun politicians and liberals in general – mostly represented by Democrats at the state and federal levels, use any highly publicized shooting event to push the narrative. That false narrative is the notion that access to firearms creates a danger to public health. Therefore, they argue, gun owners are a threat to general public health, and the Second Amendment must be repealed.
After Nicolas Cruz murdered former classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year, liberals implemented their national push to paint all owners of firearms as dangers to local communities and public health. Ideally, as former Pres. Barack Obama infamously demonstrated, they derisively lump gun owners into a single identifiable group: Angry white men clinging to their Bibles and guns.
An expert in constitutional law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Dave Kopel says gun control groups are funding a national political campaign with millions of dollars designed to portray gun owners as extremists, rather than simply safeguarding a constitutional right.
“There is no question that anti-gun lobbies had a plan before Parkland, and implemented after Parkland, stigmatizing and demonizing gun owners and Second Amendment supporters in particular,” Kopel told The Denver Post.
The idea is to make the general voting public think guns and gun owners are extremists and threats to public health. Pres. Obama made virtually the same branding effort when declaring rural gun owners to be extremists and domestic terrorists.
The extremist branding effort extends to state-level politics, where billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is funding anti-gun politicians and initiatives across the nation. That effort extended to Nevada, where anti-gun politicians took control of the state government in 2016.
Now, the Democrat-controlled Nevada Assembly is passing legislation signed into law by its recently elected Democrat governor and designed to erode gun owner rights at the state level. That includes universal background checks and other measures liberals want enacted at the federal level. Those measures, though, would not have stopped the most recent mass shooting in Gilroy, California.
Another punk legally bought a firearm in Nevada, and illegally transported it across state lines into California. There, he gunned down and killed several people in a gun-free zone who were enjoying an annual garlic festival.
Witnesses said the punk claimed he was shooting and killing innocent people, because he was “really angry.” That kid does not represent the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners in the United States. Yet, liberals will declare otherwise, and point to extremist elements to bolster their false narrative of gun owners being extremists and closet domestic terrorists.
Apparently, the liberal schoolteachers really succeeded in making every individual think their feelings truly matter when weighed against the greater good. Think “participation trophies” and no real winners or losers declared during organized youth events. The natural result are kids who become maladjusted adults with delusional notions of the importance of their feelings. Those feelings sometimes result in mass-casualty events utilizing firearms, automobiles, and other potentially deadly implements.
With the Gilroy event currently in the minds of the U.S. public, liberal Democrat and California Governor Gavin Newsom blamed firearms and Nevada law for making it possible to buy a military-style rifle. That rifle was an AK-47 type semiautomatic bought legally from a licensed Nevada gun dealer. Newsome, though, blames society and a lack of overriding federal gun laws for enabling the shooting.
“You have the right to bear arms, but not weapons of goddamned mass destruction,” Newsom told reporters. He claims the federal government turns a blind eye to such events, and won’t do anything about it. Yet, anti-gun liberals refuse to do the one thing that ensure safety: enact shall-issue concealed carry laws and get rid of gun-free zones.
At least one witness said the Gilroy shooter fired a single round from his long gun, then inserted a magazine, and resumed firing. That delay after the first round could have alerted nearby concealed carry holders, who could have taken immediate action to defend themselves. Liberals won’t allow it, though.