I know shockingly little about basketball. As a result, I never weigh-in on March Madness conversations. I maintain the belief that if I haven’t the vaguest clue what I’m talking about, I should probably remain quiet.
This would be good advice for much of the left and the mainstream media that dutifully fortifies misinformation.
It is simply shocking how little information the left appears to retain regarding the Second Amendment and firearms. They use charged words like “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” like they’re real things. They talk about fictitious “gunshow loopholes” and use “automatic” and “semi-automatic” interchangeably.
When in doubt, they rely upon a liberal classic and call for “banning” whatever item looks the scariest.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the liberal mainstream media did what it so often does and attempted to blame the guns used in the killing and those who sold them to the terrorist in full accordance with state and federal laws.
When the mainstream media came to spout their idiocy to the gun store owner, Ed Hensen, the owner of St Lucie, FL shooting center, wasn’t having any of it. The former New York police officer now owns the gun store where Omar Mateen purchased a rifle and a Glock pistol.
As people swarmed the gun shop owner to demand to know why he would have sold a terrorist a firearm, Hensen calmly and dispassionately laid-down the truth about how the law works the same for everybody.
“I personally worked down at the Twin Towers and retired in March of ’02 and also was a first responder on Flight 587. I have an idea of what they are facing in this investigation and it’s horrific. So my feelings go out to the law enforcement people as well. I would like to avoid any political issues and stick to the facts regarding this case. An evil person came in here and legally purchased two firearms from us. And if he hadn’t purchased them from us, I’m sure he would have gotten them from another local gun store in the area. This man held multiple security licenses. He had an armed and unarmed license.”
“He passed the background check that every single person that purchases a firearm in the state of Florida undergoes,” he continued. “Let me say that again. A full background check was performed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement in coordination with their agreement with the FBI, however they conduct their background. There is no such thing as an abbreviated background check, even though that’s what has been wrongly reported. One another note, I will tell you this if you don’t know, if a law enforcement officer walks into this gun store and purchases a firearm, if that officer has a concealed carry permit in addition to his credentials, he can make a purchase. There is a full background check done on that officer at that time. Hard to believe but that’s the truth. If the officer has no concealed carry permit, that officer has a three-day wait and that doesn’t include the day he purchased the gun or any holidays and weekends.”
Hensen spent several minutes explaining in vivid detail the nuances of gun laws in both Florida and the U.S.
Sadly, one must be a legal scholar to understand the quagmire of complex gun laws in the U.S. In reality, there is only one gun law that ought to serve as the law of the land: the Second Amendment.
Everything else just serves as silly nuances that are illegitimate regulations that are countermanded by the supremacy of the Second Amendment.
Still, Mr. Hensen’s mastery of the topic in which he deals is impressive.