Another mass shooting is on the books. Naturally, the left was calling for radical measures before the bodies of the poor victims were cold. To their credit, the left has managed to show real adaptation with how they’ve addressed this shooting. The last few big events didn’t fit their narrative, so they refused to report on them. This time, they’re simply deceiving the public in order to twist this tragedy into the narrative.
The truth is that this shooting was not the result of lax gun laws, Republican rhetoric or any of the usual claims. It was an entirely preventable tragedy, and the keys to preventing the next shooting are wrapped in three issues the left absolutely refuses to acknowledge. We’ll force all of them into the light today.
Gun Free Zones
Let’s begin this with a direct quote from the Jacksonville Landing’s rules of conduct, “Possession of a weapon, even if legally carried (except by law enforcement officers) is absolutely prohibited on Landing property.” Simply put, this is a gun-free zone, and the Landing has worked hard to make that knowledge public.
Obviously, those rules did absolutely nothing to stop an evil person from breaking the rules. They carried their gun with impunity, so only those who respect law, order and rules were unarmed. The result is another preventable tragedy.
This is nothing new, but it might feel like it because mainstream media is so committed to stifling this truth. The real statistics are staggering. More than 95 percent of mass shootings in America occur in established gun-free zones. That’s based on 60 years of data.
We can no longer call it a coincidence, and we can no longer tolerate arguments that suggest eliminating gun-free zones will have no impact on this problem. If we did the simplest thing in the world — uphold the 2nd Amendment at all locations in America — mass shootings would drop by 90 percent or more. Where is the “if it saves a single life” crowd on this one?
Rabid Trump Hate
We’re committed to never mentioning the name of mass shooters. This one might not have been premeditated and seeking notoriety, but granting notoriety could contribute to the next mass shooters. We won’t take part in that.
With that out of the way, this particular shooter was an avid Trump hater. His social media was rife with all of the rantings and ravings you would expect from a young millennial progressive. He fully bought into all of the usual tripe, and his actions completely invalidate the popularized notion that progressives and liberals are more peaceful than wild, gun-toting, redneck conservatives. The actions of the far-left don’t support that notion in the slightest.
Of course, this shooter went beyond your typical millennial whining. He was a vociferous advocate of Antifa and their insanity as well. While there currently is no evidence to suggest he directly participated in Antifa violence, he certainly supported it from social media. The question we all need to be asking at this point is this: if allowing violent uprising groups like Antifa to persist is contributing to the rising violence we saw in Jacksonville?
Documented Health Problems
Lastly, we get to the age-old argument. Is this a gun-control problem or a mental health problem? To be fair, some media outlets have acknowledged the shooter’s mental health history. It’s not a pretty picture. But, to continue that fairness, the majority of major outlets have completely glossed over this information. They want to blame gun laws even though the gun used in this crime was purchased in Maryland — which has the fifth strictest gun laws in the country.
The shooter had been admitted to multiple mental health facilities and programs across his short adult life. There is no question that he had deep, persistent mental issues, and the system of help was either insufficient or ineffective. Regardless, this is another name on a long list that proves one of the best ways for us to stop random gun violence is to take mental health more seriously.
In the end, this is another senseless tragedy. In this short discussion on the topic, we’ve identified three easy ways to attack this problem. Getting rid of gun-free zones is the easiest and most efficient. If more than 95 percent of these actions happen in gun-free zones, there’s no question as to what we should try first. The fact that the 2nd Amendment should be sufficient to make gun-free zones illegal in the first place only enhances the stupidity that lead to this and so many other tragedies. Enough is enough.
~ American Gun News