In the wake of the Thousand Oaks, California shooting at a country and western bar, one of the victim’s mother made a heartfelt plea. She said, “I don’t want thoughts. I don’t want prayers. I want gun control.” It’s a powerful emotional appeal, and we all feel terrible for her loss. No parent should suffer like this. Unfortunately, as Parkland showed us all, enduring tragedy does not make one an expert. Even the founder of the March for Our Lives can admit as much.
In this case, the emotional plea of a grieving mother is completely wrong. We don’t blame her for her reaction, but it’s important to always look at the facts. Gun control would not have saved her child. It’s why he died.
Another Gun-Free Zone
It’s the most common theme of all in mass shootings. The types of shooters, weapons they use and motivations may vary, but the location doesn’t. It’s always at a gun-free zone. The reason for that is pretty obvious. Plenty of people try to start trouble outside of gun-free zones, but they get stopped before the incident can become a national tragedy.
That clearly wasn’t the case in Thousand Oaks, California. The patrons of the bar were completely defenseless, and the shooter took full advantage. What feels like an extra layer of tragedy is that the police response was swift. As soon as they were on the scene, law enforcement engaged the shooter, but, with his military training, the shooter was able to kill one of those officers before the conflict was ended.
Even one armed citizen on the premises could have changed everything, but that is completely against California law. What you’re about to learn makes everything completely senseless.
Off-Duty Law Enforcement
You haven’t heard this on mainstream media. It’s a truth they can’t let the public know about. There was an off-duty law enforcement agent present at the shooting. Because of laws surrounding carrying weapons at establishments that serve alcohol, this officer was unarmed. Had that not been the case, there’s a very good chance that he could have turned a national tragedy into another heroic story ignored by the media.
Ok. We need to be honest. There wasn’t one off-duty cop at the bar. There were six, all from various agencies. Do you really think this story would have the same ending if all six of these trained officers were armed? It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where the six of them could not have contained a single shooter. Thousand Oaks is a case where gun-control laws actively contributed to the deaths of innocent people.
Gun Control Always Fails
This is the final proof of something we’ve all been arguing for a long time. Gun control only inhibits those who abide the law. It was just as illegal for the shooter to have a gun at that bar as it would have been for any of those law enforcers. In fact, it was more illegal for the shooter because, even in California, there are provisions that would allow off-duty cops to carry at a bar.
The only people who were disarmed by gun control were the victims. Under less restrictive law, those patrons could have defended themselves and the only tragedy would have been the mental breakdown of a former marine. That should be enough tragedy for all of us.
How many innocent people will need to die before America wakes up? These statistics haven’t changed in 30 years, and every time we have another mass shooting, it further proves the obvious. Gun control may have been well-intentioned at some point, but we can only ignore overwhelming evidence for so long before we become complicit.
It’s not enough to argue that gun control is a violation of natural rights or the Constitution. It’s insufficient to speculate how things might be different under slightly altered laws. It’s time to point out loudly and frequently that gun control is killing people.
Thousand Oaks is far from the only example, but it’s the easiest. Our laws disarmed six different people who were well-trained to deal with this situation. All we had to do was allow them to use that training. It’s time to draw a red line. No more gun control. No more dead kids.