Now that Democrats have captured control of the House of Representatives, they acted swiftly to exploit the carnage of the Thousand Oaks, Calif. shooting “to address gun violence.”
It was a strategic move to demonize firearms, opening the pathway to new gun controls despite the fact that the shooting occurred in a state with some of the strictest gun laws already on the books.
According to Fox News, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) declared that Democrats “will take up comprehensive, nation-wide reforms, but we can’t make our communities safer if we don’t do this together.” But anti-gun Democrats are not offering any specifics.
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Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, thinks it is time for gun control proponents to “drop the charade and admit that what they really want is to ban privately-owned firearms.” He said the only thing stopping anti-gunners is the Second Amendment, and he believes they are trying to regulate the right to keep and bear arms into oblivion.
A dozen people were killed before the suspected murderer, identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine Corps veteran who may have suffered from PTSD, took his own life. He reportedly used a legally-purchased .45-caliber Glock 21 pistol that had been equipped with an extended magazine, which may not be sold legally in California.
To purchase a handgun in that state, one must clear a background check and endure a ten-day waiting period. But those same restrictions didn’t stop Elliot Rodger, the Santa Barbara/Isla Vista killer more than four years ago.
Long, who fatally wounded Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus as the hero lawman was first through the door to respond to the mass shooting, reportedly had previous contacts with local law enforcement. He was living with his mother and drove her car to the Borderline Bar & Grill. Helus was 54 and leaves behind a wife and adult son. See Faye Higbee’s related report here.
As investigators work to find a motive, the gun prohibition lobby will likely push for new restrictions. The gun control movement’s strategies were outlined in a book co-authored by Gottlieb a few years ago titled “Dancing in Blood: Exposing the Gun Ban Lobby’s Playbook to Destroy Your Rights.”