The inundation of liberal gun control views has already begun via the usual mainstream and social channels, so, predictably, the free press is ready to respond with some incredible facts and figures.
Just days ago, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing seventeen of his former classmates and wounding dozens more before being taken, alive, into police custody.
The reality of Cruz’s arrest will be a benefit to investigators as they begin to piece together the bigger picture of this horrific tragedy. Cruz was obviously a lone wolf who exhibited innumerable signs of trouble in the weeks and months leading up to this week’s hellish incident – signs that the FBI have been forced to admit that they ignored.
The true tragedy here is truly just how preventable this incident was. Cruz showed signs of mental distress and violence repeatedly, yet none of his peers were able to convey the danger that he posed adequately enough that authorities would seek action. This inaction by otherwise good men and women is, at least in part, responsible for the deaths we mourned this week.
Another issue that will need to be painfully addressed, and soon, is the idea that “gun free zones” work, in any capacity of the word.
Although it is not comfortable to imagine, the ability to wreak havoc is only enhanced by the time one can spend unmolested in their heinous act. For mass shooters such as Dylann Roof, Nikolas Cruz, and others, the lack of an armed populace is intrinsic to the plotting and execution of their atrocities. None of these men would have had the least bit of “success” in storming a military base or police station or National Park, for that matter.
This principle of weighted armament can be observed in the flesh by researching crime and gun statistics from the great state of Minnesota.
“Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state.
“More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO’s Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check.
“We took a hard look at the numbers, and found: Minnesota has a high rate of gun ownership, and a relatively low rate of violent crime.
“Minnesota’s violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.” And in 2017, the state set a new record for firearms background checks.”
“The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports it processed nearly 683,544 checks on gun buyers in 2017. That includes: 473,975 permits, 94,383 handguns and 125,516 long guns.
“Minnesota set another 2017 record, too.
“The State Department of Public Safety reports 283,188 Minnesotans now have permits to legally carry firearms in public.”
You’re not going to find any of us holding up a convenience store in the North Star State any time soon.
In fact, it would be much simpler to pull off such an act in Chicago, whose handgun laws were, until 2014, some of the most restrictive and dangerous in the nation. The Windy City has yet to fully recover from this 32 year mistake.