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Another shooting

December 25, 2012

There has been another shooting attack, this time in NY. As usual, journalists are falling over themselves to hyperventilate about the guns used. See, for example, this story.

An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre….. taking a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle to a sniper position outside…. Police recovered a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26, including 20 young children.

It turns out, however, that the perpetrator was already unable to legally own firearms, because of his manslaughter conviction for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer. He left a note saying “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down, and do what I like doing best, killing people.”

This does not show that all gun owners are intent on burning their down their neighborhood and murder as many people as possible, because they own guns. This does not show that all Bushmasters, hammers and gasoline should be banned. If anything, this shows the futility of gun control. What stopped the perpetrator from doing more harm was not gun control, but gun fire.

When evil comes for you, what are you going to do about it?

 

 

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