In the particular case of the firefighters who were shot with two killed and two injured as they were responding to a house fire in the early morning hours on Christmas Eve, the perpetrator apparently was a convict out of prison on parole for bludgeoning his grandmother to death with a hammer in the 1980’s. According to CNN Breaking News:
BREAKING NEWS: The shooter who ambushed and killed two upstate New York firefighters Monday left a note behind indicating his intentions, police said today. “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best — killing people,” the three-page typewritten note said.
Given the circumstances surrounding this case, the oppressive nature of New York gun regulations (one cannot just run down to WalMart or any other store for a rifle – they are not allowed to be sold there), and the fact that as an convict of a violent crime, the perpetrator was not legally permitted to possess firearms, it does not appear to be an appropriate application of the argument for more strict gun control.
What we have here is a case of failure in the criminal justice system and failure on the part of strict gun control to adequately protect citizens from people who are known to be dangerous. It is the perfect illustration of the predicament that occurs when we place excess restrictions on the law-abiding and fail to keep firearms out of reach of known criminals while letting them out of prison along with rapists, pedophiles, and murders to make room for drug offenders. This unfortunate event is the result of an epic failure of the State in just about every aspect imaginable; and I refuse to allow politicians and bureaucrats off the hook by distracting us from their failures with more debate about gun control and using those failures as an excuse to remove natural rights of self-defense from average people.
What I believe to be a possible solution is the counter-intuitive to the argument that we should ban guns of all kinds everywhere, and that is to allow open-carry. It does not seem to matter whether a gun control regime is more relaxed or very strict. Mass shootings still occur, as in the example of the opening night of a Batman movie last year in Colorado where gun control is relaxed and the event a couple of weeks ago in Newtown, Connecticut, where gun laws are very strict. And if we take a look at the note left behind by the perpetrator in the incident in Webster, NY, we can see the arrogance displayed in knowing he could rack up the body count as if he were at a turkey shoot. He knew he could get away with it because when we outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns.
It really is unfortunate that there was not a more defense oriented citizen on the scene who could have taken this man down, putting an end to the failure of the State, before he killed so many people. The same goes for the school shooter, and the Joker shooter, and every other mass shooter since we attempted to create a more civilized society by strictly regulating guns. It hasn’t worked; and more laws are completely beside the point.