The Washington Navy Yard shooting Monday is still a developing story, but already there is much speculation about the perpetrators of the attack and whether the shooting would not have taken place if more gun control laws were in place.
Washington, D.C. has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and the Navy yard itself is a "gun free zone," as reported by Graham Noble of the Las Vegas Guardian Express. Not surprisingly, the criminals who went on a shooting spree on Monday didn't let that stop them from their murderous rampage.
Henry Winkler, best known as "Fonzie" from the sitcom "Happy Days," tweeted sarcastically about America's failure to "promote gun control."
ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) September 16, 2013
Speaking of sarcasm, David Frum of the Daily Beast also posted quite a few tweets in the wake of the shooting.
In wake of this most recent mass-casualty shooting, it is important that we all respect the feelings of America's gun enthusiasts. (2)
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) September 16, 2013
In May, Jason Howerton of theBlaze reported that despite the strict gun control laws in Washington, D.C., in 2011 the city "finished first in gun-related robberies per 100,000 people – with 242.56." Howerton writes,
"Today, Washington, D.C. still has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. And yet again, the gun murder rate remains dramatically high, the highest in the United States in fact."
Speaking of offensive tweets, Max Fisher of the Washington Post pointed out a tweet by Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s parliament.
"Nobody’s even surprised anymore," he wrote, sarcastically describing the still-ongoing shooting as "A clear confirmation of 'American exceptionalism.'"