The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Federal gun laws didn’t block Navy Yard shooter” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/federal-gun-laws-didnt-block-navy-yard-shooter-202408378–politics.html).
“The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had A HISTORY OF VIOLENT OUTBURSTS, was at least TWICE accused of FIRING GUNS IN ANGER and was in the early stages of treatment for SERIOUS MENTAL PROBLEMS, according to court records and U.S. law enforcement officials”. Again, WOW. Alexis certainly DOESN’T sound like someone who “earned GLOWING evaluations” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/17/exclusive-navy-yards-gunman-earned-glowing-evaluations-during-time-as-reservist/).
“But Alexis apparently managed to EXPLOIT (TAKE ADVANTAGE OF) SEAMS in the nation’s PATCHWORK of COMPLICATED gun laws designed to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people”. US “gun laws” ARE DEFINITELY “patchwork” and “complicated” SO “complicated” in fact that they are DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT/ENFORCE. “He was able to buy a shotgun in Virginia with OUT-OF-STATE identification, even though that WOULD HAVE prevented him from buying a handgun“. Talking about what “would have” happened IF we had done something different IS TOO LATE NOW, isn’t it?
“Alexis bought the shotgun at Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va. on Sunday (September 15, 2013), according to a statement from the attorney for the gun range”.
“Michael Slocum said in an e-mail that Alexis RENTED a rifle, BOUGHT bullets and used the range before buying the shotgun and 24 shells. Slocum said Alexis PASSED a federal background check“. This suggests that Alexis was COLD, CUNNING & CALCULATED and HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING.
“Asked Tuesday (September 17, 2013) about whether the shooting would renew consideration of new gun laws, Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the president hasn’t stopped pushing for reform, was making executive changes to federal rules and reiterated his commitment to strengthening gun laws, including expanding background checks to sales online and at gun shows”. “He HAS NOT IN THE LEAST hidden his DISPLEASURE and DISAPPOINTMENT in Congress for its FAILURE to pass legislation that’s supported by 80 percent to 90 percent of the American people”. Again, Congress is COMPLETELY DYSFUNCTIONAL right now. “You could not define a case of Congress — or a minority in Congress (and) a minority in the Senate — taking its cues from A NARROW SPECIAL INTEREST, better than this“. THE NRA is a perfect example of “a narrow special interest”.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D.-W.Va., the author of a bill on background checks, both said they would like to see a vote on the background checks bill, but the votes aren’t there for passage at this time”.
“Still, Reid said he hopes to get another gun control vote this year (2013). “I DON’T want any more bad things to happen, you know. Something’s going to have to get the attention of THESE CHARACTERS WHO DON’T WANT ANY CONTROLS“, more specifically GOP members of Congress who are LIFETIME NRA MEMBERS.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a leading advocate for tougher gun control in the Senate, said in a statement that the shooting “is one more event to add to the litany of massacres. Congress MUST STOP SHIRKING ITS RESPONSIBILITY and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. WE MUST DO MORE TO STOP THIS ENDLESS LOSS OF LIFE“. Again, unfortunately, this DOES NOT seem to be happening.
Finally, “For Obama, it was at least the SEVENTH mass shooting of his presidency, and he mourned the victims while speaking at the White House on Monday (September 17, 2013)”. “We are confronting YET ANOTHER mass shooting and today (September 17, 2013), it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital (Washington DC)”.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Federal gun laws didn’t block Navy Yard shooter”. Not only did they (not) “block (the) Navy Yard shooter”.Just like we saw during the COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL massacre on April 20, 1999 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbine_High_School_massacre), the VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE on April 16, 2007 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech_massacre), the AURORA, COLORADO movie theater shootings/massacre on July 20, 2012 we can say that these “federal gun laws” are FAILURES/GROSSLY INADEQUATE.