The Associated Press reported this morning that alleged Los Angeles International Airport gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, apparently intended his attack to “kill a Transportation Security Administration officer and show how easy it is to get a gun into an airport.”
This new revelation comes less than 24 hours after anti-gun California Sen. Dianne Feinstein predictably used Friday’s shooting to push her personal gun control agenda during an appearance on yesterday’s “Face The Nation,” where she once again called for a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
The transcript of her conversation with Bob Scheiffer shows that she would “do a bill” to ban semi-autos. She also told Scheiffer that “there's a hammer lock on the congress by the gun owners and gun people,” so getting such a ban adopted would be formidable if not impossible.
Today’s AP report, appearing in the Seattle Times, quotes an unidentified “law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.” That unnamed official said a note in the suspect’s duffel bag described him as a “pissed off patriot” who allegedly believed TSA airport searches violated his constitutional rights.
If the new allegations are correct, the case once again shows the futility of establishing any public venue as a “gun-free zone.” LAX is one of the most heavily-policed airports in the country, while private businesses jumping on Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s “gun-free zone” bandwagon do not enjoy that level of security, and never will without hiring their own armed officers.
Ciancia allegedly purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle legally, according to at least one report. Killed in the attack was TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez. Ciancia was shot at least four times, including once in the face, and is now under heavy sedation.
Feinstein isn’t the only anti-gun politician to be making hay out of the incident. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made headlines Saturday when he claimed that the suspect had enough ammunition to have “literally killed everyone in that terminal,” according to WTVR. From the other side are people suggesting the whole thing was faked.
Reports are now surfacing about that note Ciancia left in his bag allegedly expressing hatred for the TSA. It is also being reported that he asked people if they were TSA as he walked through the airport terminal picking targets.
MEANWHILE, the Associated Press is also suggesting that women may decide tomorrow’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, which pits anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe against pro-gun Republican Ken Cuccinelli. If that is accurate, one might wonder why McAuliffe apparently believes women in California have a say because that’s where his longtime pal Hillary Clinton was headlining a fund raiser for him last week.
Polling shows McAuliffe running ahead of Cuccinelli in the election, and he has already shown support for the gun prohibition agenda of the Clintons and Feinstein.
Another interesting Virginia race where liberal sexism has already become part of the story. Sheriff’s Capt. Stacey Kincaid is the Democrat and retired Fairfax police officer Bryan A. Wolfe is the Republican nominee. The Washington Post has already played up the possibility that Fairfax County might elect its first female sheriff.
But gender shouldn’t be a deciding factor, only one’s ability to do the job. A source in Virginia describes Wolfe as a pro-gun lawman who is also a range officer and firearms instructor.
And here in the Northwest, it is down to the wire for McGinn and his challenger, State Sen. Ed Murray, a liberal Democrat who is no less anti-gun than McGinn. However, Murray did brand the “gun-free zone” effort as a publicity stunt.