I have very little to say on the recent mass murder in Aurora, Colorado. What can I say? That I’m against it? Events like these, while not exactly common, are certainly not rare. If you search Wikipedia for a “List of Rampage Killers”, it is a depressingly long list, and it is not exhaustive. People go nuts. They want revenge for slights, real or imagined, or they’re depressed, or they want attention. Some of them commit mass murder just for shits and giggles, which seems to be the motivation for this asshole in Colorado, who while displaying an impressive amount of meticulous planning, as well as technical and tactical proficiency, seemed to have no particular axe to grind.
There will always be nutjobs, “normal” folks going berserk and the occasional “evil” actor who just thinks it would be neato to see how many innocent people he can kill before running out of ammo or being stopped by the police. Who will perpetrate the next rampage killing is not predictable; that there will be another is guaranteed.
What is also depressingly predictable is the swiftness of the stupidity immediately following such events, as politicians and activists trample each other to get in front of a microphone and call for a ban on one or more of the inanimate objects that the latest rampage killer used in his crime.
The call for federal lawmakers to tighten gun laws has intensified following the mass shooting in Colorado, with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg urging Congress on Saturday to swiftly address a ban on certain weapons.
“Let’s stop wasting time and start saving lives,” Lautenberg, D-N.J. said on his Twitter account. “Congress must prioritize a ban on high-capacity gun magazines.”
You already tried that once, with the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994. And how did that work out? Five years later, in 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed what is now the most infamous school massacre in U.S. history, in Columbine, Colorado. The main weapon wielded by Klebold was an Intratec TEC-DC9, a 9mm semi-automatic machine pistol which had been specifically banned by name in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. And what of “high-capacity magazines?” The AWB restricted magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, yet Klebold had 52, 32, and 28-round magazines for his weapon. To top it all off, these boys were minors. They weren’t legally allowed to purchase and possess firearms in the first place, yet somehow THAT law didn’t seem to stop them, either.
More importantly, most rampage killings in the same period were NOT committed with “assault weapons” or rifles with high-capacity magazines. They were carried out with handguns. Small caliber, large caliber, revolver and semi-automatic. These are just a few examples, and I pulled them only from the period of the Assault Weapons Ban, 1994-2004:
Larry Ashbrook – murdered 7 and wounded 7 more with a 9mm Ruger and a .380 AMT.
Darnell Collins – murdered 7 and wounded 3 others with a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
Mark Barton – remember this asshole? He was the day trader in Atlanta that lost all his money, beat his wife and two children to death with a hammer, and went on to kill 10 more at his place of employment. Weapons used, besides a hammer, were a Colt 1911A1 in .45, a 9mm Glock 17, a, H&R .22 revolver, and a Raven .25 semi-auto.
Luther Casteel - murdered 2 and wounded 16 others, armed with two shotguns, one an H&R, another unknown shotgun, a Smith and Wesson 9mm semiauto, and a S&W .357 Magnum revolver.
Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson – murdered 5 and wounded 10 others in the Westside Middle School Massacre. Armed with: Remington 742 .30-06 rifle, Universal .30 M1 Carbine replica, Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Double Deuce Buddie .22 two-shot derringer, Star .380 pistol, FIE .380 pistol, Ruger Security Six .357 revolver, Davis Industries .38 two-shot derringer, and a Charter Arms .38 revolver. An impressive arsenal FOR A COUPLE OF FUCKING 12 YEAR-OLDS.
As you can see, idiotic legislation to ban high-capacity magazines or scary-looking weapons does fuck-all to prevent murder using those same inanimate objects, or murder using OTHER types of inanimate objects. Or maybe, we should just write a law making ANY murder illegal, that way we’ll be sure to prevent bludgeoning, stabbings, strangulations, crushings, drownings, tossing a motherfucker off a roof, or having molten gold poured on your head.
Wait. We ALREADY have laws that make murder illegal? Get the fuck outta here. How is it possible that we still have murder in this country if it’s been outlawed?!
Get your fucking head out of your ass, Lautenberg. You can’t ban guns in America. There are hundreds of millions of them out there. It’s too late. And even if you could, people would murder each other with knives, pointy sticks, non-pointy, heavier sticks, bricks, cars, belts, and bare hands.
Tragedy is inevitable and unavoidable, closely followed by stupidity from our public “servants.” Round and round it goes, until the sun is cold and dead. Stupidity should be easily avoidable, and yet, here we are.
Maybe we should ban it.