Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A very keen observation

Rob Doar points out that the media's gotten some facts completely wrong (no doubt a first for them) and that accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner did not legally purchase his pistol.  In fact, Loughner became a felon the second he lied on his firearm purchase form about not being a user of unlawful drugs, the very thing that had disqualified him from military service when he admitted that use to recruiters.

Criminals and the mentally ill don't obey laws.  Passing wheelbarrows full of more and more legislation won't make a bit of difference to them, but will only serve to further hinder the freedoms of law-abiding people.

Can't get much clearer than that.

UPDATE:  Oleg Volk, photographer extraordinaire, weighs in with much the same sentiment:

"Why bans on weapons cannot stop psychopaths.
During the Clinton ban of 1994-2004, magazines holding over 10 rounds became quite expensive. A jump from $15 to $120 wasn't unusual. Imagine a ban so sweeping that every gun, magazine and cartridge costs 20 times more than before. Who would be able to afford that?

The law-abiding people will not, as they also have to pay for food, shelter and other normal expenses. The criminals can, with difficulty, as they can treat arming up as a business expense -- and won't need quite as much weaponry to dominate the disarmed public. The deranged, murderous psychopaths will be able to afford the arms and ammo easily -- precisely because they are deranged. A person who expects to murder dozens and to die in the process or be imprisoned thereafter or -- more than likely has not even given a thought to the outcome at all -- doesn't worry about the credit card bill that will come due after the massacre. The mass murder episode is literally the last thing they plan to do in life and cost is no object.

A psycho murderer can devote all his resources -- and all his credit -- to the task of arming up. The price of ammunition is not a concern for such people. If the guns aren't merely expensive but also illegal -- again, in for a penny, in for a pound. A person who intends to murder is hardly worried about liability for statutory transgressions. His law-abiding victims on the other hand are very concerned about breaking the law and so remain unarmed and vulnerable...more vulnerable than if they could arm themselves for self-protection."

Oleg's one of the best visual artists we've ever seen , and his work is the living embodiment of "a picture is worth a thousand words".  Visit his website to view all manner of awesome photos.

1 comment:

Rob said...

Thank's for the shout out Douglas... I tried giving the story to the local major outlets...

I left messages and emails saying that I had evidence that Loughner did not legally get his gun.

No one responded.

Thanks for sharing the story, and making this overlook information more widely available.