There has been a tremendous amount of mis-information dished out by talking heads on the 24 hour news channels and even guests who suggest they are experts in their field.
The tragedy in Aurora. Colo. was just that, a terrible loss for the families, friends and the community as a whole. I’m comfortable saying the entire country feels the loss, and I can not imagine what it would be like to lose a friend or family in that way.
That said, the government does not have to “do something” to ensure a tragedy like this “never happens again” simply because there is nothing they can do or say to ensure that. No legislation or new regulation will “solve” this.
Some additional thoughts…
Gun-free zones don’t work – Just come to the understanding that gun-free zones do not work unless you have TSA-type security at every venue, building, mall, movie theater, office complex, school, retail store and restaurant. Criminals and those with criminal intent could not give a crap about gun-free zones. Admit that one fact, and you’re making progress. I wrote previously on this subject here.
Fully-automatic rifle shooting events are rare – Extremely rare as a matter of fact. I’m certain there have been a few of them, but the only one I can think of is the bank robbery shootout in Los Angeles captured by helicopter video footage. When you hear an “expert” mention an automatic rifle being used in a robbery or mass shooting, immediately question what is being said, as it is almost certainly bull shit.
You can not easily convert a semi-automatic rifle to automatic – On rifles that have been made in the last 20 years – unless they were made for dual-purpose military use and sold to the military – I don’t even think the parts required to convert the weapon will fit within the receiver. Of course, someone with the right tools and machinery can build just about anything can they not? Should we regulate the manufacture and sale of CNC machines?
Magazine capacity limits are worthless endeavors – I’ve seen a novice shooter – while stationary – put 30 rounds onto three stationary targets three or four feet apart and 15 yards away in less than 45 seconds. That was using a “high capacity” 30-round magazine. That same shooter took less than one minute to complete the same course of fire using three, 10 round magazines. All of that said, magazine capacity limits would only be adhered to by law-abiding citizens and I’m convinced, 10 rounds in a self-defense situation may not be enough.
These events are not happening more often – Really, these tragic events are outliers and happen so infrequently as compared to the number of gun owners or firearms owned by the public. This fact does not provide comfort for the friends and families of those murdered … I wish it did, but it does not.
A pistol round is just as deadly as a rifle round – As those who have been shot by a .223 round or a 9mm round. Ask if it makes a difference.
All guns could be defined as “military weapons” – Really, do you think there is a difference? Sure, I guess you could say an automatic rifle is a military weapon, but private citizens can and do own automatic rifles, you can’t buy a new one at your local gun store, but you can buy a used one from a private party or a dealer if you meet the federal requirements. (Some states restrict this.) Do you think getting hit by a .223 round from an automatic weapon hurts more or is more dangerous than getting hit by a couple of .223 rounds from the similar rifle in a semi-automatic only configuration? More here.
The “AR” in reference to an AR-15 does not stand for assault rifle – The term assault weapon or assault rifle is a made-up term used by the media and the anti-gun lobby. Rifles look different depending on their design and what they are used for. The assault weapon ban was ridiculous, “feel-good” legislation since they banned weapons that looked “military” … whatever that is. Weapons that used the same exact ammunition, with the exact same capacities were allowed … if they did not look evil. AR stands for the original manufacture of the design, ArmaLite, who used AR as a model reference to their company name. More on the stupid assault weapon ban in my post from back in May 2010.
Violent crime is down throughout the United States – Except for outliers like Chicago, who happens to have the most restrictive gun laws in the country, violent crime is down and is trending down. More … Biden outright lies about rape statistics, and view the FBI statistics yourself.
Speculation about a good-guy in the theater that could have stop the event is just that … speculation. We don’t even know if a patron was carrying in the theater when it happened. Having a self-defense weapon goes not guaranty you’ll survive, but it’s pretty certain even if you do survive, you’ll lose in one way or another.
Say a prayer for this guy who took matters into his own hands to protect himself and his wife in a public place; in some ways, he lost too. But he did something. Watch how the rats scatter when they are surprised by someone willing to step up and take the fight to the enemy.