In The Wake Of Yet Another Mass Shooting, Gun Control Is More Important Than Ever

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As the media circus comes to a close and the blood-stained sidewalk is washed away by the community to hide the horror, the families and friends of the dead and injured are pondering why. Why was my child, sibling, uncle, aunt, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, parent(s) shot? Why are they dead? Long after everyone chalks this up to another violent day, questions need to be answered: So now do you believe that there is a war against women and shouldn’t there be common sense gun regulation?

Getting away from the distraction of semantics — It had a large clip, no it’s a magazine and ending the debate in anger — the forgone conclusion is that seven people, including shooter Elliot Rodger of Santa Barbara, are dead and 13 are injured according to Time.com. Unless, of course, you’re from the conspiracy theory crowd that believes that HAARP or MK-Ultra, used by the government, was responsible for the shooting so that the Obama Administration can take away your firearms.

Regardless, people are dead.

Still, could it have been prevented? I believe so. According to sources close to the Rodger family, “Elliot was mentally disturbed. How he got the firearm legally is a surprise to me. He should not have had the right to buy the firearm as our laws state that anyone who is mentally disabled are not allowed to purchase firearms.” Which is correct, but there is a catch; they have to be deemed mentally incapable by a court. Federal law states:

Federal Law

Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), it is unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution.”

While in California, though a lot more stringent under the 10th Amendment, states:

01) Has been admitted to a facility and is receiving in-patient treatment for a mental illness and the attending mental health professional opines that the patient is a danger to self or others. This prohibition applies even if the person has consented to the treatment, although the prohibition ends as soon as the patient is discharged from the facility;

02) Has been adjudicated to be a danger to others as a result of a mental disorder or mental illness or has been adjudicated to be a mentally disordered sex offender. This prohibition does not apply, however, if the court of adjudication issues, upon the individual’s release from treatment or at a later date, a certificate stating that the person may possess a firearm without endangering others;

03) Has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of enumerated violent felonies. A person who is found not guilty by reason of insanity of other crimes is barred from possessing firearms unless a court finds that the person has recovered his or her sanity;

04) Has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, unless there is a subsequent finding that the person has become competent;

05) Is currently under a court-ordered conservatorship because he or she is gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder or impaired by chronic alcoholism

A person can still purchase a firearm legally, because they were not deemed mentally incapable in a court. Even if someone decides to go to therapy, they can still purchase a firearm legally…so long as they do not give the appearance that they pose a threat to themselves or other. How? Roe Vs. Wade. All medical records between a doctor and their patient is confidential.

According to the Associated Press

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says deputies checked on Rodger after being called by a concerned family member. The officers left after determining he didn’t need to be locked up for mental-health reasons.

Rodger expressed relief that his apartment wasn’t searched because deputies would have found his weapons and his writings and would have foiled his plan.

Brown says he won’t second-guess his deputies’ decision-making in the encounter.

In other words, because the deputies could not prove that Rodger posed a threat to himself or others, they had to leave. After leaving, Rodger sent his manifesto to a couple of dozen people and to his parents just before his rampage. A video was also posted of Rodger in his car spewing his anger of being a virgin at 22 and not being able to find a woman who would love him…so he made his last disturbing video just before he started his killing.

Looking at the conservative sites on Facebook, not one conservative wrote about the shooting. Not even the RNC seemed interested. Their sites seemed eerily silent like the shooting never occurred, therefore the need for gun control isn’t a necessity. The Blaze had a couple of stories and the comments were minimal:

Advection
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:47pm

The kid was mentally ill. Gun laws wouldn’t have stopped him. Had he continued, he would have hacked that woman to death, and her son, with a knife. What they needed was a mental hospital bed.

Cactus_Jack_Two
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:51pm

The BLAZE is running this story in to the ground.

Deipnosophist
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:49pm

1,000+ missed opportunities. So very sad. This video was supposedly posted by him in 2012 and apparently completely ignored. He even used his real name.

electroencephalographic
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:51pm

Vanity and envy will kill all of you Hollyturds…

searching for the Truth
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:58pm

They need to stretch an electric fence across Cali towards new york and hook it up to the power grid.

SaturdaysWarrior76
– May. 25, 2014 at 9:59pm

Tribute to Vietnam Veterans… Warning: Have a tissue ready, you will cry.
https://www.youtube….

Apparently, their rights to firearms were again turned upside down. I have to admit though Advection was correct, Rodger needed mental health care, but because of lobbying from from the NRA and weak gun laws, Advection was partially correct when Advection wrote that no amount of laws would have stopped Rodger…but had the deputy had the authority to take Rodger in for at least 72 hours, there probably would not have been a massacre.

So until the laws change for mentally ill folks and if someone is deemed mentally incapable of taking care of themselves outside of a court decision, then more people will die and the Republicans who follow the whims of the NRA, WalMart and the Koch brothers will have the blood of the victims upon their hands…but then again, do they really care?

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10 Replies to “In The Wake Of Yet Another Mass Shooting, Gun Control Is More Important Than Ever”

  1. Once again, we see the carnage, we wring our hands, we bury the dead and move on until it happens again. It’s the story of 2nd Amendment worship and gun culture where the final chapter will never be written until the last bullet is expended.

  2. I understand that joe the plumber (who is neither joe nor a plumber) said that “I never want to go through what you are going through now BUT… (wait for it)… your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.” First off “joe” these are SOMEBODY’S kids. Secondly, I would ask “joe,” what if these WERE YOUR KIDS?
    It is sad to say that, just like many things, they won’t do anything until they are personally deeply affected (i.e. THEIR kids are killed by guns).

  3. If I had my way the NRA would be declared a terrorist organization and shut down. Before you judge me let me tell you that I am a veteran and have been a gun owner all my life.

    When mass shootings become the fair of the day and your kids have to go through metal detectors to go to school, it’s time for something to be done.

  4. I agree with Huckleberry…I too am a vet, 100% disabled, was in the 3rd ID and let me tell you something. As far as I am concerned, the NRA is a terrorist organization and should be shut down completely. I’ve had enough of our children dying useless deaths!!!

  5. I know this offers no solace to the families and friends of the students killed in this despicable attack. I apologize for that. But this point needs to be made:
    The UCSB tragedy shows that California’s assault weapons ban makes a difference. Rodgers used a gun that held 10 rounds. If he had the kind of assault weapon available in Nevada or Arizona the death toll would have been far greater.

  6. This piece of writing is one of the worst I have seen on the topic. “nothing law could have done without violating many of his rights, so the NRA, Republicans, Walmart (WTF) and the Koch Brothers are to blame!”

    The stretch to this point is absurd. What the author is saying is that they want to give police the authority to arrest anyone at any time under guise of “suspicion of being mentally unstable” for 72 hours. What a great idea, let’s just tell all the under funded and understaffed departments out there than anytime you think someone is unstable, just arrest them and put them in an over crowded jail. If you don’t and they hurt someone, you’d fired. Great idea! Yikes, SMH.

  7. “anyone who is mentally disabled are not allowed to purchase firearms.” Which is correct, but there is a catch; they have to be deemed mentally incapable by a court.”

    This said it all right here.

    The “catch” is something we refer to in this country as due process and it protects our other rights as well.

    The author apparently just wants to close a few loopholes.

    1. The right to due process loophole.
    2. The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty loophole.

    3. That pesky fourth amendment loophole.
    4. The right to a trial by jury loophole.
    5. The right to not be a witness against yourself loophole.

  8. Well William, it didn’t take long to look you up. To quote Opednews.com, “He is a National Rifle Association member and recruiter/promoter and Second Amendment Activist.”. So I presume you troll all the sights you can to assert how wonderful the NRA is, at least that what it appears from your various postings on other sites. Bow down to ALEC and the NRA.

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