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Blame game begins for California shooting, and NRA is the target

UC Santa Barbara student Allie Nelch, 22, was among those bringing flowers to the scene of Friday night's mass California shooting.
Photo by Spencer Weiner/Getty Images

Seven people, including the self-confessed sexually-deprived gunman, are dead in California and Friday night’s slaughter because of "craven politicians" and the National Rifle Association, according to the father of one of the victims, who appeared in a video broadcast Saturday by CNN; a mass shooting that new information reveals was not prevented by California's "universal background check."

One can almost predict that the gun prohibition lobby will jump on that video, and repeat the remarks of Richard Martinez over and over. His son, Christopher, 20, was killed.

UPDATE: California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a so-called “universal background check” (UBC) law that requires background checks on gun transactions. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday evening that three guns were recovered, including two Sig Sauer P226 pistols and a Glock Model 34. All were purchased legally and registered to Elliott Rodger, the newspaper said, meaning that he went through background checks.

The newspaper said authorities also recovered several loaded ten-round magazines for the pistols. This revelation also demonstrates that magazine capacity limits are no barrier to people intent on committing mayhem.

But according to the Huffington Post, an attorney representing Peter Rodger, identified as the father of the alleged gunman, issued a statement that the family “is staunchly against guns.” The elder Rodger was an assistant director on “The Hunger Games,” according to published reports.

The dead suspect, Elliott Rodger, left a bizarre video detailing his anger and frustration. CNN has published a transcript of that message, which may be read here.

The Los Angeles Times is also reporting that police found three bodies in the alleged gunman’s apartment. All three had apparently been stabbed to death.

Whatever else this case demonstrates is that UBCs do not prevent mass shootings, a fact not lost on Washington gun rights activists who oppose Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure touted as a UBC mandate.

Another revelation that is likely to be overlooked by anti-gunners who use this incident to press their agenda is that the Rodger family, according to the Associated Press account published by the New York Post, called police “several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos ‘regarding suicide and the killing of people’,” according to the attorney, Alan Shifman.

The HuffPo account notes that police who interviewed the younger Rodger thought he was “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful.” Despite this, the NRA, and likely all gun rights advocacy groups, will remain in the crosshairs of anti-gunners playing the blame game.

According to the New York Times account, which profiled the suspect, Elliott Rodger was “emotionally disturbed” from when he was a youngster in first grade and his parents divorced. He apparently was harassed and ridiculed by other students at the private Catholic high school he attended in Los Angeles. He reportedly quit school before graduation.

One of his classmates was quoted by the newspaper asserting, “We said right from the get-go that that kid was going to lose it someday and just freak out.” If true, this might suggest there were ample warning signals prior to Friday night’s shooting.

Whatever the case, from the family’s own report to police, to his behavior in school, to the YouTube video made prior to the shooting, it may be a hard sell blaming the California slayings on any politicians or the NRA. The fault more accurately belongs with the gunman, the people around him, and those who push for UBCs and other restrictive gun laws under the false claim that they will somehow prevent a tragedy.