Standing at Holmes’ side as he unleashed an AR-15 assault rifle and a shotgun and a handgun was Wayne LaPierre, political enforcer of the National Rifle Association.
Standing at Holmes’ side as he sprayed bullets and buckshot into a crowded movie theater were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a President and a would-be President, who have bowed to the NRA’s dictates and who responded to the slaughter Friday with revolting, useless treacle.
They also post a cartoon, which is actually the only thing in the article that is correct — but not the way they intended:
Because that’s 100% accurate. But it would be more clear if it said, “Restricted to use in places where the victims have been disarmed.”
That’s what all those places have in common. The little “No Guns Allowed” sign. You see, Cinemark is highly concealed carry hostile. Someone in that theater could have stopped him after just a few shots… if the sort of law-abiding person who would do that had been allowed the tools to do it.
You’re never going to see a mass shooting like this a police station. It’s not going to happen at a gun show. Or a gun shop. Why? Because even loons know that the people in those places are armed and will fight back. He went there because he knew he would be able to just stand there and keep shooting, with no repercussions until he was done.
Because they made sure that virtually everyone, Holmes included, has unfettered legal access to heavy weaponry. And they made sure he was permitted by law to drive to the kill scene with a fully loaded arsenal.
And people like you made sure that everyone was trussed up neatly in a bundle for him to shoot at, unable to fight back.
There was Columbine â€” amazingly, just down the road from Aurora â€” where two severely disaffected high school students gunned down 13.
Concealed carry prohibited by state and federal law, because it was a school.
There was Virginia Tech, where a student who had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder murdered 32 and wounded 17 on two rampages.
Concealed carry prohibited by university policy and state law.
Lower death tolls â€” two, three, four, five â€” in offices, parks and restaurants slip from memory as awful but routine, cause for momentary pain and nothing more.
How about these lower death tolls that “slip from memory?” How about the Pearl High School Shooting? Two dead, with the shooter on the way to another school to shoot even younger students. He was stopped by the Vice-principal, who ignored the school policy and kept a pistol in his car. Let’s talk about the Appalachian School of Law shooting, with three dead. The shooter was actively stalking more victims when he was confronted by other armed students. Let’s talk, in fact, about the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, just down the road from Aurora. Another active shooter, who had already killed 2, stopped by a parishioner with a concealed handgun.
They slip from your memory because you can’t bathe in their blood, you victim creating monster.
Once, federal law would have kept Holmes’ hands off a superdeadly weapon like the AR-15. In 1994, under President Bill Clinton, Congress outlawed the manufacture and possession of assault weapons, but the statute had a 10-year expiration date.
No, it wouldn’t have. ”possession of assault weapons” was never banned. Just the sale of weapons with certain cosmetic features. He would have had no more trouble getting a different, cosmetically different but functionally the same weapon. And even if he hadn’t been able to do that, he could have done more damage with some tow chains padlocked to the doors, a few gallons of gasoline and a matchbook.
By the way, it took 16 minutes for the police to respond. No medical help is allowed until the police have secured the scene. How is that plan of waiting for the police supposed to work there? He could have been using muskets and killed 12 with that much time.