The Failure of Background Checks, and What it Means

By now we are all aware of yet another Gun Free Victim Zone “mass” killing, this time at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. A nut job killed 2, wounded 9, then turned the gun on himself.

Of course, my first rant is that most of the left wing media insisted on over-reporting the death toll of this killer by a full 50 percent, by including his suicide as part of the Death Count. But I know that’s just them.

But now we learn that the killer apparently passed all the require NICS checks when he bought the gun he used. The linked article outlines the severe mental disorders the man suffered, yet he was allowed to buy.

Here we have, in black and white, a demonstration that the beloved Universal Background Check so demanded by the anti’s does not work, even when allowed to happen. A nut job followed the law, bought a gun, and the rest is history.

My comments on this are two fold:

First, we must come to terms with mental illness in America, and soon. And we must make mental illness more of a factor in allowing the purchase and ownership of firearms, just as we do previous histories of physical violence and law breaking. The problem here is that we must also allow for the eventual removal of those restrictions once the person has recovered, and the evaluations on both sides of the diagnosis must be dispassionate and unbiased. I think there is enough recent evidence, in Colorado and Virginia Tech and elsewhere, that refusing to face these issues just keeps a timebomb ticking that we could otherwise defuse.

Now, how do we allow this mental evaluation, without jeopardizing our inherent rights? Frankly, I don’t know. But my hope and prayer is that men and women smarter than me, who also value the Second Amendment, will see mental illness as what it is – an illness, not a permanent feature or a sin – and a come up with workable solutions.

Why do I call for this expansion of restrictions against the right to keep and bear arms? Because I know that if we do not face this, if we continue to say that All Is Well, we may eventually get to the point where enough people say ENOUGH, and we get the English and Australian solution, confiscation.

And I for one never want to see that day.

GeorgiaCarry Sues Over School Carry Law

As I reported last year, the Georgia Legislature passed a law, HB 826, which Governor Deal signed, that exempts GWCL holders from prosecution for carrying weapons within school zones.

As one might expect, the idea that HB 286 actually allows what it says it allows was disputed, most notably by the Georgia Attorney General.

And, as one might expect, GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed a lawsuit to force the State to read the words in the law, and enforce the law as written.

More to come, I am sure . . . .

Gun Free Victim Zones Win Again in Sydney

Sydney

The recent siege of a cafe in Sydney, Australia, just underscored once again the failure of Gun Free Victim Zones.

And, once again, we are faced by the anti-gun faction who bemoan another gun-related crime, and claim that the presence of an armed person in the cafe would have done nothing to stop this, as a gunfight would have been worse.

I agree. A gunfight might have led to more deaths.

But remember, it’s not the possible gunfight that is the argument for carry of arms by law abiding persons; it is the uncertainty that it puts in the mind of the potential criminal. When he knows that someone in the target zone may be armed, he is likely to move on to another target.

Of course, we cannot measure this directly, except to note that the assailant in the theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, intentionally passed by other theaters that allowed guns, before arriving at his final target.

So consider that when choosing which businesses to visit. I avoid those that don’t allow guns, not for political reasons, but because I am not longer protected by the real value of an armed public – uncertainty in the eyes of the criminals.

 

“Guns Everywhere” Plus 3 Months – Where Is All The Blood?

H Harper Station

On July 1, 2014, Georgia law HB60 went into effect.  This law, termed the “Guns Everywhere” law, eased or removed the restrictions for a lawful holder of a Georgia Weapons Carry License, or a recognized reciprocal license from another state, to carry a concealed or open weapon into bars, nightclubs, and, most importantly, government buildings that lacked security devices to keep them out, such as metal detectors.

Above is a recent photo of H. Harper Station, recently rated among the best bars in Atlanta.

Kennesaw city hall

Above is a recent photo of the Kennesaw, Georgia City Hall.

Please note that neither photo has been retouched or edited in any way.

Also please note the distinct lack of blood flowing in the streets around either location.

To those who always claim that the easing of restrictions on lawful carry by law abiding citizens will lead to chaos, I present, instead, the facts. No increase in violence has been observed.

In fact, North Carolina today passes one year of allowing carry in bars, and they have seen the same distinct lack of the chaos predicted by the anti-gun factions.

I predict the same continued normalcy here in Georgia.

Now, will the anti-gunners use this as a learning moment? The next time we seek to improve the safety of every law abiding citizen by decreasing the number of Gun Free Victim Zones around us, will they consider rightly that history shows them to have been wrong, not only now, but many times in the past? After all, it has been over 4 years since we allowed lawful carry into restaurants, and the promised return to the Wild West never materialized then, either.

Time will tell.