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Well, Shoot...

Earlier this week, an all-too-familiar story unfolded: a troubled young man armed himself with guns he had no legal right to possess and went into a "gun-free zone," then shot and killed a bunch of people before taking his own life. In Omaha, the toll of innocents was eight dead and two wounded.

At Virginia Tech, the body count was 32 dead, 27 wounded, and 6 more injured fleeing.

In both cases, deeply disturbed young men who had no legal right to possess guns got them anyway, and went hunting on "gun-free zones" where they knew they would not have to risk their victims turning on them and defending themselves, then turned the gun on themselves when they ran out of victims.

And no, I'm not going to mention their names here. Or ever. Those pathetic wastes of skin committed their atrocities to make themselves famous, to be remembered forever, to leave their mark on history. Well, fuck that and fuck them. They don't deserve even an unmarked grave -- toss their corpses in the nearest landfill. Rest in feces, scumbags.

So tell me again how those gun control laws are working. Tell me again how ideas like "gun-free zones" make us all safer. Tell me again how just passing more laws will keep massacres like the ones in Omaha and at Virginia Tech from happening again.

Keep telling me that until I punch you in the face. I'd shoot you, but I respect the gun-control laws and don't feel like going through the rigamarole (as minimal as it is here in New Hampshire) of getting a gun legally and don't own any.

Then, go tell it to the families of those who died in Omaha and on the campus of Virginia Tech and explain how it isn't your fault that their loved ones were denied the chance to defend themselves when they put their faith and trust and safety in the pronunciations of how safe and secure the "gun-free zones" they established. Tell them that they don't need to protect themselves, because you've constructed these magic "gun-free zones" that will keep them safe.

Until they don't.

Trust the government to protect you, place your life and your faith in their magic laws and policies and prohibitions and bans and restrictions. And then don't dare complain when they don't work and people die.

Shamelessly stolen from (but expanded upon greatly) my neighbor Bruce, who's got plenty to say about this on his own. And in case you don't go and read Bruce's own words, I'm going to steal a phrase of his to make sure you don't miss it:

It's not a gun-free zone if you get shot there.


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Comments (5)

Here in Texas, the guy migh... (Below threshold)

Here in Texas, the guy might have killed a few people before someone legally packing and trained (which is required to have a concealed carry license) stopped him. He certainly would not have been allowed to burn up all his ammo on the crowd, saving the last bullet for himself. After VT, we should have learned that gun free zones are only free of people who should have guns.

JT, I to am outraged by thi... (Below threshold)

JT, I to am outraged by this latest "make me famous" act. I am equally outraged at the news media for using his name over and over by default, giving that sick fucker everything he wanted. Sorry for the language, but I am so, so worn out by our stupid society. I carry, I am not afraid to defend myself or my family or my home. I make it known. At least I live in a state (Texas) where our government knows better then to touch our guns. ww

I live in the area. I work... (Below threshold)

I live in the area. I work at the nuke powerplant about an hour south of Omaha, we go shopping there all the time.

What I couldn't believe (on my drive home) was the local talk radio guy giving coverage hours after it happened. He recieved a call from someone who has a Nebraska concealed carry permit, regularly practices and takes the occasional tactical response classes, and stated he could (and would) have ended it quick had he been there. The radio host had the temerity to profess sympathy to the caller for living "in constant fear" that he always has a gun, and carried on to say he doesn't live in fear of this happening to him.

2 points came to mind.

1. The host completely missed the point the caller was making. He was a concerned citizen, who armed himself, maintains proficiency in his weapons use, recieved pertinent training (at his expense), and is willing to protect others.

His footing the bill for the occasional tactical training, and not being on the government payroll are the ONLY differences between the caller, and the police/military. The caller should be commended, not belittled.

2. I'm sure none of those 8 victims lived in fear of this happening to them either. Look how well that worked out.

I personally don't think it... (Below threshold)

I personally don't think its fame, or only fame. I believe its control.

When they go on a spree in a gun free zone, they are unstoppable for that 10 or 15 minutes before the police show up. They can't really be challenged and for that time they decide who lives or dies. In their minds, they are God or at least have more control over others than they ever had in their lives.

Until someone else with a gun shows up. Once that happens they can no longer move or act freely. They are no longer God. So they end it there.

And that's why they pick gun free zones. They want to make their limited run last as long as possible.

I have no idea if it's true... (Below threshold)

I have no idea if it's true, but my wife mentioned to me this morning that the shooter made a comment on his myspace page about 1 hour before going on the spree that he planned on breaking the record set by the VT shooter.

Yet more reason to try to minimize their notoriety.

It's odd when life imitates fiction (the ghost in "Frighteners" competing for the record).






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