While Washington state has passed an increasingly stringent series of gun-control laws over the past several years, each supposedly a panacea for tragedies, the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., last Friday night is a powerfully tragic example of how these measures only affect the law-abiding.
After 20-year-old Arcan Cetin murdered five people in a Macy’s department store, police discovered Cetin had been arrested multiple times, had a history of mental health issues and had been ordered by a judge not to possess a firearm prior to the shooting.
Cetin was first arrested after he reportedly put a hole in the wall, destroyed furniture and assaulted his mother during an argument. When he heard his stepfather tell a 911 dispatcher that there were guns in the home, Cetin rushed toward them, but was stopped and held for police.
The following June, he was arrested for sexually assaulting two classmates. He then got into a violent altercation with his stepfather, which resulted in an assault charge and protective order. Overall, Cetin received three assault charges for attacking his stepfather, one for attacking his mother, two sexual assault charges and several smaller charges. He was never jailed. If he had been, five innocent people might be alive today.
D.C. Gun Rights Groups Challenge Stun-Gun Ban, Winning Repeal
Washington, D.C., legislators are looking to repeal a ban on stun-gun ownership after three residents filed a federal suit challenging its constitutionality. This week, the District decided not to enforce the prohibition against the three, making the way for city lawmakers to prepare legislation to lift the long-standing ban.
In March—eight years after the Heller decision—the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Massachusetts’ highest courts, which claimed the Second Amendment wasn’t applicable with regards to a ban on stun guns.
While stun guns are currently banned in several states, constitutional supporters say the regulations limit self-defense rights. “(It’s) a first step to greater Second Amendment rights for D.C. residents,” the three plaintiffs’ attorney, George L. Lyon Jr., told The Washington Post, adding, “I think they have effectively conceded that the ban is unconstitutional.”
While self-defense advocates are celebrating the decision, billionaire former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety released a statement saying such reversals “could have profound effects on Second Amendment cases more broadly.”
California Billionaires “Bunker Up” ... While Seeking Gun Bans That Disarm The Defenseless
Many of the richest elitists from Hollywood to Silicon Valley are building multi-million-dollar bunkers under their homes to protect them, even as they bankroll gun-control schemes that would leave those of us who actually need firearms for protection more defenseless in the case of emergency, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Indeed, from Microsoft’s Bill Gates—the richest man in the world—to Hollywood’s Lady Gaga, to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, some of the leading luminaries of the lavishly rich anti-gun elite have built bunkers, or safe rooms, to protect themselves and their families—while the rest of us can go pound sand.
Don’t get us wrong: We think it’s great that the super rich can afford such luxuries as Zuckerberg’s 16-man, 24/7 security detail. But when those same elitists spend millions to disarm those who need firearms the most for protection—the urban poor, for example—that’s hypocrisy at its ugliest.
Virginia Man Pleads Guilty After Threatening To Shoot GOP Senators
Following the Orlando nightclub shooting in June, Kyler Schmitz of Alexandria, Va., was so upset that he took to Twitter. “I’m going to shoot you in the head for allowing someone to murder my loved ones,” he wrote in one. Another read, “I am literally going to buy a gun shoot you in the face I watch your brains splat #BangBangByeB-----.”
The tweets, addressed to Republican Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Hoeven (N.D.) and David Vitter (La.), triggered an investigation that led to Schmitz’s arrest. At the time, Schmitz’s partner dismissed the messages as nothing more than parody and satire, while his attorney interpreted them as “inartful political discourse” on gun control.
Tuesday, Schmitz changed his tune and pled guilty in federal court to threatening the senators. Schmitz has been undergoing court-ordered mental health counseling since his arrest, and it is expected that he will remain free on bond under several conditions—including refraining from using Twitter.
Sen. Chris Murphy Brags To WAPO About Using Tragedy For Political Gain
In Wednesday’s Washington Post, anti-gun Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., boasted of his willingness to trade on tragedy for political gain:
“You cannot accept the premise that there is any waiting period after a tragedy to start engaging in political action,” he said. “I think you need to be unapologetic about that. I am talking about legislative action within an hour of a shooting.”
Meaning, the attacker(s) is/are unknown, crime scene unsecured, suspects at large, motives unclear, threats unabated … but Sen. Murphy will have already concocted a legislative cure. Lady Justice does a face palm.
Murphy, who admitted that his 15-hour filibuster in the wake of the Orlando Pulse terror attack was a political stunt, told the Post he loves the “game” and described himself as a “big ball of political ambition.” “We are all doing this in part because we enjoy being in front of the cameras.”
Sen. Murphy, ambition is no substitute for wisdom.
Memphis Man Saves Woman From Armed Attacker
When a fight between a man and a woman threatened to erupt in gunfire early Friday morning, a Memphis, Tenn., man intervened, shooting the woman’s attacker, LocalMemphis.com reports.
Police say they received a call around 2:30 a.m. from a man claiming to have been involved in a shooting. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that a man and woman had gotten into a fight, and when the man involved in the fight went and retrieved a gun, the caller got a gun and ended up shooting the armed man, who died at the scene.
The man who reported the shooting was held by police for questioning, but no charges were reportedly filed.