The tragic incident at Santa Monica College Friday has revealed details about a man with mental problems who killed four people. It’s another situation when bullets were flying, and the NRA will keep lying.
Friday, Sergeant Richard Lewis displayed the cache of weapons and ammunition the gunman brazenly brought to the scene of the attack. He carried a duffel bag full of ammunition magazines, a revolver and an assault-style rifle. He had an estimated 1300 rounds in his possession.
His first victims were his father and brother. He then set their house on fire. Dressed all in black, and carrying the assault rifle, he shot a woman, took her vehicle, and drove towards the College. He shot one woman near the library. As he stood on the corner of Pearl and 17th Streets, and shot at a city bus and other passing vehicles, he killed one man driving by, and wounded five more persons, before police shot him multiple times. He died from his wounds.
Trena Johnson, a longtime administrative assistant working in the dean’s office, heard gunfire and looked out the window around noon Friday. Students were jumping out of windows of nearby buildings to get away. A man in black with a “very large gun” shot a woman in the head outside the library.
The man shot while driving by, has been identified as Carlos Navarro Franco. The 68-year-old man was driving his 25 year old daughter to the school where she is a student. He was off from his job Friday. He was a groundskeeper at the College for 30 years. His daughter is on life support.
The NRA was correct about one of its many ludicrous “ism’s.” Guns don’t kill people, but crazy people with guns do kill people.
The shooter at Santa Monica College had been hospitalized previously for two years because he demonstrated violent tendencies. He was still able to have an assault rifle, hand guns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his possession.
Adam Lanza who killed 20 small children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, had an assault rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, and shot himself in the head with a handgun to avoid capture. He had a history of mental illness.
James Holmes planned for months to carry out an attack on movie goers in Aurora, Colorado. While a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight” was beginning, he stood on a stage and began firing an assault rifle at those in their seats. He killed 12, and wounded another 58, as patrons ran screaming out of the theater. When he was captured, he had the assault rifle, pistols, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. A search of his apartment revealed more ammunition and weapons. He had been under the care of a psychiatrist.
In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner killed six and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords on a Tucson street. He used a handgun. When he was arrested, he had two more high output magazines, containing 31 bullets each, on his possession, as well as a knife. Friends say that in the weeks previous to his attack he seemed unusually agitated. Records of his mental state have been sealed by the court.
The bullets keep flying, and the NRA keeps lying.
There have been far too many cases of children being killed in the past several months due to negligent gun owners. There have also been cases of guns left in an accessible place where children could get hold of them. There have been instances when children shot and killed siblings and other children.
The most recent was a case in Las Vegas, the story of which is reported Garth Baker, special reporter for the Guardian Express.
On June 4, 2013, a 13 year old juvenile, Brooklyn Mohler, was the victim of an accidental discharge of a firearm. Should the parent’s lack of responsibility be a chargeable offense in a court of law?
This tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life will have other repercussions. Family and friends will have emotional difficulty for the remainder of their lives.
But the ultimate responsibility of any gun owner is that safety of his or her family, as well as neighbors and visiting friends. Parents inform their children regarding the danger of many items around their homes. “This is not a toy” is a common parental phrase. Guns are not toys. Garth is a gun owner.
Disagreements about the vague and undefined meaning of the archaic second amendment will go on for a very long time. Gun ownership will never be removed as a right of an American citizen. But it should be considered more of a privilege than a right.
A very large number of Americans believe that assault rifles and high-output magazines should not be legal to purchase. There is no need for them unless you are a member of the military or law enforcement. I believe changes in the ability to purchase these should be a state by state decision, and the matter has become just that.
Universal background checks have no relation to a single word in the second amendment. Not everyone should be allowed to purchase a weapon capable of mass destruction. Those with criminal backgrounds, or mental disabilities should be prohibited from acquiring weapons from any venue.
The discussion here is mostly about internet sales and sales at gun shows. The right of the people to feel safe supersedes the right of gun manufacturers and gun sellers to make money. And the truth of the matter is, that the NRA is all about the money, not public safety or Constitutional rights.
The NRA used to stand for something. Now it is merely another lobby for the wealthy. They will continue to be happy as long as the bullets keep flying. The NRA will continue to keep lying.
The Guardian Express