By now you have heard about the Waffle House shooting. Its tragedy will only be overshadowed by how the left tries to use the dead for political gain. If there can be said that there is a silver lining in all of this, it can only be that we might finally hear less about the “activist” children in Parkland. Well, here we go again.
Let’s set the stage. This horrific shooting happened last Sunday in Tennessee. An armed man took an AR-15 into a Waffle House and opened fire. A total of six people were shot, and in the process, an unarmed hero by the name of James Shaw Jr. rushed the attacker and disarmed him.
When all was said and done, four lives were tragically taken. If not for the extraordinary heroics of Mr. Shaw, that number could easily be higher. Once disarmed, the attacker fled the scene. After a multi-day manhunt, he was eventually caught and brought into custody.
That’s the outline of the story, but since this is the latest talking point for the gun-control debate, we’ll need to get into more detail. The left will use this as an excuse to further infringe on rights, but when you look at the history of this case, you’ll see that it undermines their goals.
While we’re going out of our way to avoid the shooter’s name right now, there’s a lot known about him. He is 29 years of age, and he has a well-documented history of mental and legal problems. Among his greatest hits are a pair of incidents that took place within the last two years. In 2016, he had a confrontation with police because he believed Taylor Swift was stalking him. This led to a belligerent encounter, but he ultimately didn’t commit any crimes meriting significant jail time.
A year later, he was arrested outside the White House for entering a secure zone and refusing to leave. He was released to Illinois police and was able to skip prison by completing a community service program. Between these incidents, there were several reports of erratic and potentially dangerous behavior.
Ultimately, the Illinois justice system went through the necessary steps and demanded that he relinquish his firearms. Once confiscated, the shooter’s father asked that he be able to hold the weapons on the promise that he would keep them from his son. Obviously, this proved to be a bad idea, but it is exactly what happened. The weapon used in the shooting has been confirmed as one of the four confiscated by police.
Now, we can get into the arguments. All year, progressives have been complaining that Republicans made it easier for the mentally ill to get firearms. They’re jumping on this incident as their proof, but the whole story is based on two lies. First, Republicans never made it easier for anyone, as they have been accused. The actual legislation and accompanying orders simply ensured that due process is involved in any confiscation of firearms. What that means is that you need a court order to be reviewed by a judge before police start kicking in doors.
And, that’s exactly what happened here. A man with a long and obvious history of mental problems was deemed unfit. His weapons were confiscated, and due process was followed. That should have been the end of it. The problem is that the shooter had an accomplice. His father helped him illegally acquire firearms that were used in a mass murder.
Every component of this shooting is already outlawed. Putting more laws on the books wouldn’t change that. Any liberal with half a brain knows this, but it won’t stop them from trying to use this incident as an excuse to infringe on the rights of millions of Americans. It’s a classic tactic used by all of the great evils of the 20th century. Hitler, Stalin, Mao and the rest all used the same argument.
It gets exhausting. As a country, we go in endless circles on this topic. The end of the debates is always the same. Each of us has the God-given right to bear arms, and we will only relinquish it at the end of a long and bloody struggle. The left knows this. It is simply another opportunity for them to twist and pervert morality. They’ll claim that anyone who wants to carry a gun doesn’t care about the children. It’s disgusting, and it proves the real thought process behind leftism. They are dictators, one and all, and they will never stop attacking our freedom.
~ American Gun News