Guns are tools. They can be used for good or bad. Every day in America, “good guys with guns” defend themselves and others with these tools and their usage is seldom highlighted.
However, criminals also use the tools to carry-out their trade and, on occasion, a disturbed individual uses these tools for pure heinousness.
Last week, the rural Oregon town of Roseburg was ripped-apart as a madman, Chris Harper Mercer, senselessly slaughtered nine people before taking his own life when confronted by police- you know, the “good guys” with guns.
The news has shocked the country and people are, understandably, obsessed with asking, “Why?”
In truth, we may never know fully why Mercer went on a rampage. He was sick and preyed upon a college campus that he knew could not defend itself as it was a “gun-free” zone equipped with unarmed security personnel.
The twisted young man reportedly walked along and forced people to declare what religion they were. Those who claimed to be Christian were shot in the head.
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So, who is to blame for this senseless act of cowardly violence? According to the gunman’s father, it is the fault of those who allowed his son to purchase firearms.
Yes, that’s right- the father of the gunman, Ian Mercer, has the nerve to claim that the shooting would not have happened had his son not been allowed to purchase firearms.
Because murderers only conduct their heinousness with legally purchased firearms….
According to the New York Times:
The father of the gunman who killed nine people at a community college here called on the nation to change its gun laws on Saturday, saying the massacre “would not have happened” if his son had not been able to buy so many handguns and rifles.
“How was he able to compile that kind of arsenal?” the father, Ian Mercer, said in an interview with CNN at his home in Tarzana, Calif. He said he had no idea that his son owned more than a dozen firearms.
His comments came as officials here confirmed that the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after exchanging fire with police officers who responded to the shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning…
“It has to change,” he said. “How can it not? Even people that believe in the right to bear arms, what right do you have to take someone’s life?” He would not discuss his son’s mental health issues, deferring to the police investigation. “Obviously, someone who goes and kills nine people has to have some kind of issue,” he said.
Mercer’s idiotic statement is indicative of the kind of failed, emotion-based rhetoric upon which the left relies.
Consistently, cities with the strictest gun control laws in the nation maintain some of the highest violent crime rates in the country. New York, Newark, Washington, D.C., South Central Los Angeles- these all maintain fiercely draconian gun laws and still possess higher crime rates than similarly-sized cities.
Chicago, a city awash in gun violence, maintains the strictest gun control laws in the nation and still, violence persists. In fact, only one year after Chicago was forced to loosen their anti-Second Amendment laws and begrudgingly permit concealed carry, the Windy City enjoyed the lowest homicide rate it had seen in 56 years!
Mercer’s statement betrays a typically liberal and erroneous assumption that guns, not people, commit crime. Murder was not invented with the modern firearm. Mass murder was not invented with the modern firearm.
Further, while the father cannot be outright blamed for the actions of his twisted son, it’s a shocking rubbing of salt in this open wound to stand and lecture Americans on the need for further infringements upon our Second Amendment rights when, in reality, Mercer’s upbringing and lack of effective emotional and mental development had much more to do with the shooting than the supposed lack of laws which enabled the shooter with no criminal background to gain legal access to firearms.
There is no system of screening that will satisfy the left. Background checks cannot look into the hearts and souls of men and giving an inch to the anti-Second Amendment crowd will only invite further calls for more hurdles to gaining legal access to firearms.
Time and time again, what has been proven is that the only thing that can stop a “bad guy” with a gun is a “good guy” with a gun.