Just One More Law...
In the aftermath of the mass murder in Texas, liberals are calling for "just one more law" that they hope would have prevented the tragedy. In their ever-elusive hopes of "out legislating" evil, they are calling for additional legislation. In the midst of these calls are requests for laws that specify that "criminals couldn't possess automatic weapons." (Per usual- "automatic" is a term that liberals don't understand as we have people with virtually no concept of firearm functionality attempting to write legislation.) What they fail to realize is that criminals are already prevented from owning firearms of any kind. It's the equivalent of saying that "Terrorists aren't allowed to kill people with vehicles" isn't specific enough so they want "Terrorists aren't allowed to kill people with trucks" added to the legislative books. Asenine doesn't begin to cover it. Never mind that carrying a firearm into a gun free zone (church) is a misdemeanor or that murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder are all felonies. But please- tell me how just one more law would've been the one that he would've followed.
In this most recent event, the shooter (who will remain nameless, just as history should remember him) was convicted in Court Martial in 2012 for two counts of assault. He beat up his wife and intentionally fractured his 2 year old step-son's skull. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement, reduction in rank to E1, and a Bad Conduct Discharge from the military (specifically the Air Force). He had a history of abuse including citations for animal cruelty and was the named suspect in a rape case (though he wasn't eventually charged in that case). The conviction of assault against his wife and child qualify him as a prohibited person in regards to firearm ownership. Yet in 2016 and again in 2017, he wandered into an Academy Sports in San Antonio and bought a firearm each time. He passed the NICS background check each time. HOW? HE IS A PROHIBITED PERSON!
Simple- the Air Force never submitted his conviction to the NICS database system as required by the FBI. Through sheer government incompetence, he was able to circumvent existing gun laws prohibiting him from purchasing or possessing a firearm. As we have now learned, this self-proclaimed Atheist brought hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a rifle, body armor, and a handgun into a place of worship after a family dispute with his ex-mother-in-law. According to witnesses, he entered the small church she usually attended and announced "EVERYBODY DIES [expletive]!" and began shooting. He shot the camera/lights crew first. Then he systematically went down each row and shot people at will. He reportedly targeted people trying to use their cell phones and children. Among the victims was his ex-grandmother-in-law. At some point, he ended up outside still firing at the church. A neighbor, awoken from a nap by his daughter because of the shooting, grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot towards the church.
Stephen Willeford (pictured above with the glasses) is the name that should be remembered. The certified NRA Instructor risked his life to prevent the continued slaying of others. He saw that the shooter was wearing armor, and took cover behind a vehicle as the two exchanged gun fire. With his own AR-15, he was able to place two rounds on the killer and between the armor plates. This caused the nameless waste of life to get into a vehicle and flee. A passing truck driven by Johnnie Langendorff (pictured with the hat) was waived down by Willeford, and the two pursued the fleeing killer at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. Reportedly, the waste of skin fleeing the scene called his father and told him that he didn't believe he would survive because of two gunshot wounds he sustained in the previous fight (which were confirmed in the autopsy). As his car slowed to a stop, he chose to eat a bullet instead of facing off with any armed citizens who chose to act in the presence of evil. A perfect, cowardly ending to a life that should have been aborted while still in the womb.
Just think of the irony here... A criminal who was a prohibited person from owning a firearm and was denied a Texas CCW License circumvented the existing gun laws via government incompetence and purchased two weapons. He used those weapons to take the lives of 26 people in a place of Christian worship. The radical leftists of America instantly blame the NRA and call for more gun control laws which already exist. The massacre was only stopped when a certified NRA Instructor retrieved an AR-15 and shot the killer. Per his own words, he says "I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done." He added that his only regret is that "he wishes he could have gotten there sooner." Hear him describe the events in the video below.
The moral of the story:
How do you stop mass shootings?
"The problem w/ the Gun debate is that there are too many ppl in the conversation who don't know that they don't know anything about guns."