Without surprise, liberals called for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the attack at the synagogue Chabad in Poway, California, Saturday, that left one dead and three wounded. But it wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., began with a word of condolence.
“Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover,” she said, before condemning Senate Republicans.
“We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the more we put Americans at risk.”
HR8 is a resolution calling for universal background checks, requiring the same background check on private sales and transfers, including gifts to heirs, as are required for sales by licensed gun dealers.
However, California already has the strictest gun control laws in the country, making it the only state to earn an “A” rating by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control advocacy group. And those laws include universal background checks.
Moreover a University of California at Davis study found that there have been no change in firearm homicide rates in the 10 years since the state implemented comprehensive background checks.
Although firearm-related suicides saw a drop, suicides overall fell at the same rate.
In addition to universal background checks, California gun owners are required to participate in a state-run gun safety course, wait 10 days after buying a weapon to take it home, and register their firearm with the state. And if the family member of a gun owner believes he stepped out of line, they also have a “Red Flag” gun confiscation law.
The synagogue shooter, aged 19, used an AR-15-style rifle in the attack. Last year then-Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill into law requiring rifle purchasers to be at least 21, so it appears that he may have obtained the weapon illegally.
Laws can’t prevent illegal transfers. Only law-abiding people comply with gun laws.
The attack came six months to the day after another shooting at another synagogue on the other side of the country — the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
That assault resulted in 11 deaths, making it the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in United States history.
According to the Brady Center, Pennsylvania has the country’s 13th most stringent gun control laws, and in that case the shooter successfully jumped through all the hoops the state required and legally acquired the weapons he used in the attack.
Most Democratic presidential hopefuls joined the young New York congresswoman in calling for stricter laws after the California synagogue shooting, including Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who vowed to honor the victims “with action.”
Swalwell signaled what action he had in mind in November when he called for the confiscation of all AR-15-style rifles. This prompted someone to suggest that such an action could ignite a civil war.
Swalwell shot back, “And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes.” He added, “Too many of them. But they’re legit.”
Although he later claimed it was all a joke, he never removed that tweet.
The day before the California shooting, Vice President Mike Pence appeared at a National Rifle Association convention and tweeted the Trump administration’s Second Amendment policy.
“Under this President and this administration, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!” he said.
Former Parkland student and gun control advocate David Hogg took issue with this and fired back a reply that brought Pence’s religious beliefs into question.
“Remind me,” he said. “How many AR-15s did Jesus own?”
The AR-15 of 2,000 years ago was the sword.
Jesus instructed his followers, "... and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:36).
In other words, turning the other cheek was never intended to be a suicide pact.
And even California’s stringent gun control laws — including universal background checks — can’t prevent the kind of tragedy that occurred Saturday.
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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