As a former town cop and retired federal agent, I was stunned by the Las Vegas shooting. As I watched the TV news, I saw the predictable anti-gun-ownership groups’ typical “knee-jerk” reaction calling for “More Gun Control Laws.” I ask the most enthused anti-gunners to please provide us the Gun Control Law that would have prevented the Las Vegas shooting by a person with a “clean” record, who passed all background checks for his gun purchases and was not on the police “radar?” I remind the gun controllers that murder is already illegal in Nevada. What effect would more gun control laws have on a determined, demented mass killer?
No law prevents anything. Recently, after church at coffee hour, a college student with anti-gun-ownership leanings challenged me by saying I was wrong and, for example, he said, “Speed Limit signs control speeding.” I asked him how he arrived at that conclusion? He said, “The law is in force.” I asked him if he ever worked radar and he said he had not. I told him I was a town cop before I became a federal agent and worked radar. I told him, “All the speed limit signs told me was which car to stop and how much to write the ticket for.” I asked him where the speeding prevention was incorporated in the speed limit signs? I advised him to advise his professor to encourage more laws so we can send law enforcement officers home.
The discussion about gun control laws saddens me because the anti-gun rights people have shifted the focus from the wrongdoer to the means used. If the Las Vegas shooter had not had a “bump stock”, but merely a semi-automatic, he would have still killed and wounded far too many honest citizens! The fact is: Government and more laws cannot ensure our safety from Bad People. Enacting more laws may “Feel Good”, but the bottom line is we cannot prevent Evil.
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