Friday, October 9, 2015

The Tiresome Trajectory of the Mass Shooting in Oregon

(Image by Gary Varvel)

I've been off-duty for several days, and spent most of my time off the internet.

Oh, I scanned the headlines each morning, and I could have taken a moment to post something about the mass shooting that occurred on Umpqua Community College, OR, nine days ago.

I didn't comment on this earlier, because I noticed from the headlines, along with the laments and rants from leftist acquaintance's on Facebook, the narrative followed the same tiresome trajectory from previous mass shootings:

Blame guns

Blame law-abiding gun owners

Blame gun-rights advocacy groups (primarily the NRA)

Lather, Rinse and Repeat.

Here's how leftists imagine "Gun Free Zones" work:

(Image by Chip Bok)
Here's how they really work:

(Image by Nate Beeler)
An instructor at a terrorism seminar I attended equated "Gun Free Zones" to watering holes in the animal kingdom.  That is, any place animals gather to drink water, predators also gather to stalk their prey.

"Gun Free Zones" fail to take into account the predatory nature of the criminal (and/or insane) mind.  Such individuals feel certain they'll be confronted by un-armed herd.

Looking back at the shooting itself:  The gunman was quickly identified (and thankfully killed by police), and the following day the names of the victims were released.  One man, ex-Army vet, Chirs Mintz, rushed the gunman and was shot five times.

Of course, all this got lost in the leftist narrative, starting with Obama's statements.

Conservatives haven't been idle and have came out swinging.

The Diplomad called this incident More Days of Progressive Insanity.

Ann Coulter reminds us the problem isn't guns or white men, while Mark Steyn points out mentioned the shooting of a police accountant by a 15 year old jihadist in "gun free" Australia.

Erik Erickson shows us what common sense gun control looks like.

Finally, S.E. Cupp suggests Democrats actually work with the NRA to pass sensible laws.

Otherwise, any supposed gun control laws will be as effective as this:

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

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