One man is dead and another is wounded following a local shooting, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Thursday, ironically noting the violence occurred “[l]ess than 24 hours after city officials joined a rally calling for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.”
That would be the Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally this column reported on last week -- the one where the itinerary was kept secret until the last minute, with growing reasons to believe the group continuously does things by stealth to, among other things, preclude being outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.
“All these guns on the street! We have to do something about the guns on the street,” Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, who had attended the Bloomberg-funded photo op declared. “There are just too many guns on the street, and this is what happens. One to 2 percent of the bad people make it dangerous for the 99 percent of the good people who live in this neighborhood.”
That’s quite a disconnect, because the only people inclined to obey the “gun control” edicts she and MAIG are demanding be imposed on all of us are the 99 percent of “good people.” The violent criminal minority aren’t even slowed down by restrictions that only the “law-abiding” follow.
Case in point, in the follow-up to this story, we learn the man who was fatally shot actually shot himself in the struggle that ensued when he tried to rob another man at gunpoint.
“Bryce D. Ellis … had a series of felony arrests dating to 2007,” the report explains. He had multiple felonies, some of the charges being dismissed at the request of the prosecutor. He had multiple parole violations. By law, he was prohibited from even touching a gun, let alone possessing one. By law, he was not allowed to carry a gun.
It’s not the guns “on the street” we need to worry about. But “progressive” politicians -- in Akron and elsewhere -- need all the scapegoats they can point their fingers at to deflect the blame from where it belongs.
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