When a mass shooting occurs, there is one response that can be fully expected: the political left is going to pull out all the stops in declaring that we need more gun control. But there are a number of reasons why the lack of more gun control is not the problem. And why even some of the strictest gun laws would not prevent such violent acts.
Take the most recent mass school shooting to occur in our nation, for example.
If you haven’t heard, Audrey Hale, an identity confused and mentally disturbed individual, shot her way into a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. She left three dead students and three dead staff members in her wake.
Within hours, those high up on the left’s leadership ladder, including the dementia-ridden President Joe Biden, were already making statements about how this incident is further proof that we all need more gun control measures and laws put in place.
But here’s why that’s not true.
For starters, one of the main ideas being pushed by the democratic left is that “assault weapons” should be banned. But that term is a rather loosely assigned one. Usually, it’s meant to classify semi-automatic firearms that shoot one round each time the trigger is pulled.
However, the guns used by Hale during her school invasion don’t fit this bill. According to authorities, Hale had several guns on her person when she entered the school. And images taken of her in the act verify she had two rifles, and one was a 9mm handgun.
The pistol is not semi-automatic. And the rifles, one of which is assumed to chamber 5.56 ammo or .223, the other was a carbine, aren’t either.
So even if an assault weapons ban were in place, Hale could have owned these guns.
The second push by the left is that high-capacity magazines should be banned. This usually means magazines that hold ten or more rounds. California has this rule and Colorado limits magazines to 15.
But images again show neither the presence of high-capacity magazines nor “drums,” which contain around 100 rounds.
The left has also pressed for more “red flag” laws, which basically allow neighbors, family members, friends, etc., to report individuals who might be either a danger to themselves or others and own firearms. Local authorities and courts can then legally confiscate their weapons to lessen any threats.
It is noted that while Tennessee does not have red flag laws, Chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department John Drake says that his officers would have at least tried to get weapons from anyone who might be reported as a danger.
But Hale was never on their radar.
Despite being told by society that her gender confusion was normal and not a disorder, as it used to be classified, Hale was allowed to purchase no less than seven firearms over the last couple of years –all while a therapist was treating her for an “emotional disorder.”
Tell me that doesn’t seem like a red flag to you.
But no one reported her. And yes, family members have since admitted that they 1) knew of her disorder and 2) knew she had at least one gun. However, she had told those family members that she had sold it, and they believed her.
So even if red flag laws had existed in the state, she wouldn’t likely have been reported.
Additionally, it’s not like she didn’t know she was breaking the law. It’s pretty much national law that only certain and permitted personnel can bring firearms into places like schools, government buildings, bars, etc. This is certainly the case in Tennessee.
And yet, Hale knowingly barged in, guns blaring, into a school.
So what does this all mean?
It means that no law, real or wished for, is going to necessarily prevent violence and shootings like this. The left can push all the rules they want, but, as California’s record proves, none will matter in the end.