On June 10, a freshman student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, shot and murdered fellow freshman Emilio Hoffman, wounded PE teacher Todd Rispler, and then killed himself shortly after being confronted by school resource officers. Reynolds High science teacher Seth Needler has since enthusiastically joined the ranks of forcible citizen disarmament zealots. So, taking to his Facebook page, Needler informs us:
I don’t blame this on a mentally unhinged youth, although that might be what it was, or on lax security, or even on society’s general decline. This was a case, like all the other recent school shootings, of gun violence due to lax gun regulation, and the proliferation of military assault weapons in the hands of everyday citizens.
Instantly, the murderous young psychopath is absolved of all guilt. It's not his fault--the "lax gun regulation" made him do it, as did the "proliferation of military assault weapons in the hands of everyday citizens" (such guns, evidently, should be available only to elite citizens). Also, since the killer apparently connected with only two shots (one of which grazed Rispler's hip) before his suicide, it seems rather a stretch to imagine that he could not have caused just as much or even more carnage, even without "military assault weapons." Needler continues:
I’m sick and tired of hearing gun enthusiasts claim that any kind of gun regulation is an attack on the second amendment, or that the solution to gun violence is more guns.
Well, yes--any infringement on that which shall not be infringed is an attack on the Second Amendment, and the solution to the mandated defenselessness of "gun free zones," is more guns in the hands of those who will oppose would-be killers. Indeed, the "bad guy with a gun" was stopped by two "good guys with guns," the school resource officers who engaged him and drove him back to a restroom where he shot himself, rather than hunt down more victims.
Needler then makes a rather strange statement about Israeli gun laws, as an example of the kind of oppressive gun regulation he wants in the U.S.:
In Israel, people outside the army who want to own a gun have to take a training, and if they pass, are allowed to buy a once-only, lifetime supply of 50 bullets.
According to GunPolicy.org, Israel does indeed limit private citizens to 50 rounds of handgun ammunition (no information is provided about rifle and shotgun ammunition limits), but nothing is said about it being a "once-only, lifetime supply," and their definition of "limit" seems to directly contradict that interpretation:
The type, or maximum quantity of ammunition allowed per licence or permit holder, or purchased at any one time, or within a stipulated period.
And now we get to Needler's specific proposed infringements:
To buy a gun, you need 3 letters of recommendation: One from a family member, one from a friend, and one from a co-worker. If your family doesn’t trust you, you have no friends, and your co-workers don’t know you well enough to trust you, then you shouldn’t be able to own a gun.
What of people who have no surviving family members? And is being friendless and alone to be justification for being forcibly disarmed? If one is self-employed, and has no co-workers, is that to be grounds for state-mandated defenselessness? And he's not done:
I also think prospective gun owners should have to undergo a rigorous gun-safety training, submit to a background check, and meet an age limit, but I’m not an idealist.
Rigorous training? With only 50 rounds of ammunition allowed per lifetime? Background checks are, of course, already required for gun purchases, and the buyers of the guns used in all the recent mass shootings, including the one at Reynolds High School, passed them. And an age limit? Are we disarming the elderly now? Someone needs to sic the ghost of Samuel Whittemore on this guy.
Needler now intends to push politicians to sign a "No Guns Pledge," in which they vow to "never vote for any legislation that relaxes or weakens gun regulations, or increases access to guns, or makes it easier to bring military assault-style weapons to market.” Good luck with that.
He ends by comparing his "War on Guns" to the similar war on tobacco, echoing previous efforts to demonize guns in the same way as was done with cigarettes, as National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted in reference to Attorney General Eric Holder's intention to "brainwash" Americans against guns:
Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCIPC) in 1994 told The Washington Post: "We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned."
Perhaps the most disturbing facet of this is that Needler, a "gun control" cultist, is paid as a science teacher for our youth. This does not bode well for the future of our nation's scientific capability.
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