By Joe Newby
While three people, including two children, were killed Sunday at the Garlic Festival mass shooting in Gilroy, CA, nine people were slain and 39 wounded over the weekend in Chicago, and three other people were murdered overnight in Baltimore.
The California case seems to be getting most of the media attention. Is it because Chicago and Baltimore are used to killings? Is it because the national media tends to ignore slayings in those Democrat-controlled urban cities? After all, California is under heavy Democrat control, too.
Or is it because the Garlic Festival case involved a semi-auto rifle that reportedly was legally-purchased in Nevada by alleged killer Santino William Legan, 19, thus useful to the gun control narrative while the two cities represent massive gun control failure?
As theories go, one is presumably just as good as another, but that doesn’t make any of the victims less deceased, nor any of the injured quicker to recover.
Baltimore’s situation is thornier because of the ongoing spat between President Donald Trump and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat over remarks the president has made about how the city has declined. This comes after WJZ in Baltimore reported the first half of this year had more murders than the same period in 2018. Homicide is up 16 percent.
So, when Trump asserts that Cummings’ district in Baltimore “is FAR WORSE and more dangerous” than the southern border, many will argue that he has a point.
But there is another aspect to this story, and it’s what the Second Amendment Foundation said less than two weeks ago about so-called “gun-free zones.” As Sunday’s still-unexplained Garlic Festival shooting demonstrated, a “gun-free zone” can become a “maniac’s shooting gallery.”
Back on July 19, Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and executive vice president, called for an end to “gun-free zones” by launching a national advertising campaign. Its message is simple: “Nobody wants to be a sitting duck in a maniac’s shooting gallery.”
While the weekend body count is disheartening, a little math may be in order. By some estimates, there are more than 300 million legally-owned firearms in the U.S. A tiny fraction of all these guns were misused over the weekend, possibly by people who didn’t have them legally, yet politicians and gun control groups will argue that the answer to this problem is to penalize all law-abiding gun owners, who didn’t hurt anyone.
How does that solve anything?
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