But I can’t help the feeling that many politicians of the Beltway are responding to the tragedy in an emotional way by rushing fire arms control legislation through the legislative process rather than allowing time for thinking through whether or not any of the possible measures would be effective, rather than simply providing a warm fuzzy that one might be doing something about a serious problem. This is not the way to make good policy. Indeed, and I not convinced at all that any legislation that comes from this political frenzy will do anything at all to protect anyone.
I have heard and read many media reports about the terror event at the Pulse nightclub, and a few aspects of the event are completely incoherent with the latest prescription for gun control, prohibiting semi-automatics, limiting clip sizes, and restricting availability:
- The shooting rampage lasted three hours with the perpetrator himself calling 911 several times throughout the event.
- The perpetrator was holed up in the women’s restroom, presumably because there were civilians present at the club who were packing steel themselves and engaged him in a fire fight.
Assuming that the point of gun control is to prevent fire arm violence, the problems experienced in France and Canada recently, places that have the most restrictive control laws on the planet, provide for a dose of hefty skepticism regarding whether that concept actually works.
I am even more skeptical of its efficacy in instances where rampage situations are not resolved for three hours, because that is simply not fast enough of a law enforcement response to save anyone. Additionally, as I understand it, there were over 300 people in the nightclub at the time of the rampage, and limiting access to fire arms by public safety-minded individuals may have allowed the perpetrator the freedom to kill everyone there instead of what actually occurred, being chased into the restroom.
These arguments are just back of the envelope generalizations of a gun rampage incident. There is far more to the story of events that lead to one deeply disturbed individual taking 49 lives in the Pulse nightclub, illustrating failure of law enforcement at nearly every level concerning Omar Mateen.
- The FBI interviewed Mateen at least twice over the last couple of years and removed him from the watch list.
- Mateen was reported to the FBI last month by a gun shop owner.
- The Orlando police took three hours to resolve the situation.
There is, therefore, no intelligent reason to believe that more gun control, a concept that relies heavily on law enforcement in order to have any hope at all to be effective, would have done or will do anything at to prevent the unfortunate event at the Pulse nightclub, or anywhere else, for that matter.