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Left Jumps to Wrong Conclusions After Colorado School Shooting

Left Jumps to Wrong Conclusions After Colorado School Shooting
A bouquet of flowers is left next to the entrance to the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 8, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado one day after two students entered the school with pistols, killing one student and injuring eight others. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 10 May 2019 04:12 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Liberal reaction to the Colorado school shooting was swift, predictable, and impotent — from calls for legislation that already exists to turning a vigil into a political statement.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked about the shooting at the Highlands Ranch STEM School while campaigning in Los Angeles Wednesday. The Democratic presidential frontrunner outlined what he believed was needed.

“The idea we don’t have universal background checks, the idea that we don’t outlaw a number of the weapons I was able to get outlawed in the crime bill, from large magazines to ‘assault weapons,’ this is crazy,” he said, according to Guardian News.

Biden is correct that none of these provisions are a part of federal law, however:

  • Colorado already requires universal background checks; and,
  • Colorado already prohibits so-called “large capacity” magazines.

Although Colorado doesn’t have a so-called “assault weapon” ban, both the gunmen in the STEM school shooting used handguns.

Moreover, the term “assault weapon” is misleading. It’s simply a semi-automatic rifle with a number of cosmetic features, such as a pistol grip, adjustable stock, and an accessory rail to attach such items as optics and lights.

In addition, the 10-year federal “assault weapons” ban Biden spoke of, approved by Congress in 1994, had an insignificant effect on violent crime. It also prohibited high-capacity magazines, which likewise had no measurable effect on violent crime.

Biden wasn’t alone making ineffective suggestions, including freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

“I am heartbroken about this shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado,” she said. “We cannot allow ourselves to become accustomed to this violence, we must act and pass gun safety reform now.”

Talk radio host and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch pointed out an obvious fact for Omar, which went "whoosh" over both her and Biden’s head.

“The murderers used illegally possessed handguns that one must be 21 to purchase or carry,” she said. “Please describe how you would make illegal possession illegal-er.”

“Illegal-er” is reminiscent of Dean Wormer’s pronouncement of “double-secret probation” upon the rowdy members of Delta Tau Chi fraternity in the 1978 comedy “Animal House.”

If it’s already illegal, we’ll make it illegal-er. If they’re already on probation, we’ll put them on double secret probation. That’s idiocy that the left has reduced itself to.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence organized, along with students from Highlands Ranch, a vigil Wednesday night to honor Kendrick Castillo, the hero student who was killed subduing one of the shooters.

What was meant to be a solemn occasion soon devolved into a gun control rally, when Democrat state lawmakers Michael Bennet and Jason Crow took to the dais.

Bennet is another Democratic presidential candidate, and he launched into a denouncement of Congress’ inability to pass the very gun control laws that wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the shooting.

"Their job is not to fix America's broken gun laws," Bennet harangued, according to The Colorado Sun. "Their job is not to give up their own life…to save their classmates' lives."

Crow delivered a similar message, prompting a large number of students and parents to walk out, believing their message inappropriate.

"Don't use Kendrick’s name for political reasons!" one of the students shouted when exiting, according to the Highlands Ranch Herald. Chants of "Mental health!" and "It's not about guns," were also heard.

They remained in the school parking lot but eventually returned upon the promise that they’d be allowed to speak.

Time magazine attempted to spin the walkout, reporting, "Students walk out of vigil for Colorado school shooting victims.”

No, they walked out of a self-serving political rally about an issue that had nothing to do with the actual tragedy, just as Biden and Omar’s remarks had nothing to do with the shooting.

Meanwhile, Florida actually did something to address school violence.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Wednesday that would allow teachers to carry firearms on campus, after they undergoe a psychological exam and a background check, and complete a minimum of 144 hours of police-style training.

That’s legislation we can believe in.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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Liberal reaction to the Colorado school shooting was swift, predictable, and impotent — from calls for legislation that already exists to turning a vigil into a political statement.
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Friday, 10 May 2019 04:12 PM
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