Saturday’s fatal shooting in Issaquah near two schools provides ample reminders that, a) Gun Free school zones do not prevent people intent on committing havoc from bringing guns into school zones, and b) liberal gun prohibitionists waste no time blaming such crimes on the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association.
Just look at reader feedback on the Seattle Times and Seattle PI websites.
“Just another NRA member exercising their rights. Criminals don’t need an interest group while the NRA does their bidding”—“Seattlejoey” (Seattlepi.com)
It is not clear why the gunman — as yet unidentified — walked into the school area south of downtown Issaquah, or why he started shooting but it turned out to be the biggest, and last mistake he ever made. The King County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.
Despite the alarming situation, residents in Issaquah and all over King County can still rest comfortably knowing that the violent crime rate in their neighborhood is significantly lower than that in Cook County, IL, from where this column is reporting, following the conclusion of the Gun Rights Policy Conference.
Witnesses told police that a gunman had abandoned his vehicle in the middle of the street and walking along armed with two firearms. At least one of them was a bolt-action hunting rifle.
The man started making his way on foot toward Clark Elementary School, about a half-mile away, pointing his guns at people and occasionally stopping to fire as he made his way along.—SeattlePI.com
Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart — who is supposed to be retiring — told reporters that the man aimed his weapons in a menacing fashion at pedestrians. While it is legal to openly carry a firearm in Washington state, it is definitely not legal to menace people or aim firearms at them, and had an armed citizen been on the muzzle end of that scenario, he would likely face no charges for having shot this guy in his tracks.
The dead man reportedly lived in Maple Valley.
‘Were these assault-style rifles? The report doesn’t say, but I think we all know what the answer is. And this man had two of them. Time to pass a one gun per month limit. The NRA has tried to stop that for years. If some good comes out of this, it would be that we get a statewide 1 gun per month limit.’—“Bush_nemesis” (Seattle Times)
This column cannot begin to explain the gun prohibitionist mentality that reflexively tries to blame gun rights and the NRA for such a crime. It is no less irrational than the thoughts that must drive people to commit horrible acts.
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