Friday's attack at Los Angeles International Airport, by a shooter apparently armed with an AR-15 rifle, has, predictably, already been cited as justification for banning such firearms, despite the fact that AR-15s are already banned, in nearly every configuration, in California--and certainly in California airports--and despite the fact that banning them will do nothing about the ease with which they can be built (even in California), rather than bought. Writing for Take Part, Peter Zachariadis posits that such a ban might have made the difference:
Whether the man had a permit [and predictably, he is clearly in favor of requiring a "permit" for exercise of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms] for the assault weapon has not been determined, but a ban on such weapons may have prevented the attack.
Zachariadis also laments the continued legality of "high capacity"(gun prohibitionist-speak for standard capacity) magazines:
Even the prospect of limiting high-capacity magazines sent gun rights advocates scrambling to amass them amid fears of stricter legislation. Those fears proved to be unfounded due in no large part [Zachariadis' way of saying what a more literate person would have said as "due in no small part"] to a Congress that refused to bow to a majority of Americans in favor of tighter rules.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is also clamoring for an "assault weapon" ban, but, according to Politico, laments that such legislation faces a steep climb, because, "There’s a hammer lock on the Congress by the gun owners and gun people." In other words, both the Constitution and the will of the American people stand in the way of her sick agenda.
An Australian paper, the Herald Sun, makes the above appear temperate, next to the ridiculous rhetoric of "Lethal weapon: This is the gun that is killing America," presented, naturally, as "news," rather than uninformed opinion.
Another fact that will be studiously ignored by those looking to exploit another high profile murder in service of the agenda of reducing access to life and liberty-preserving firepower for those of us who did not commit it, is that this is yet another heinous act that occurred in a "gun free" zone. From ABC 7 Chicago:
Also Friday night, authorities say armed police officers at LAX had been removed from TSA checkpoints several months ago, including the one where the assault began and they were assigned to roving patrols. With TSA officers unarmed, there was no armed security at the screening checkpoint Friday.
As for legally armed non-"Only Ones"--in California? In a California airport? Fuhgeddaboudit.
That, of course, considerably pares down the list of options for keeping oneself and one's loved ones safe, as made clear by a survivor's account reported in USA Today:
Leon Saryan said. "I just prayed to God. That's all I did. I just prayed," Saryan said.
What else, after all, could he have done?
Ironically, the USA Today article is titled: "Police: LAX shooting could have been far worse" (presumably because the shooter had a scary semi-automatic rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition). Perhaps that's true--perhaps it could have been. It could also, though, have been far better, had the shooter not had the luxury of waiting for police to finally arrive and shoot him four times--had the real "first responders" not been stripped of the option of a response somewhat more direct than prayer.
The intent here is not to mock the power of prayer to accomplish great things, but to illustrate the evil of those who would require us to seek divine intervention as our only chance of survival.
Update: Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has more, in "LAX gunman allegedly had plan; Feinstein trots out ban agenda."
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