The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the state’s “latest mass shooting, which left six people dead,” raising a question that has been brought up in relation to similar tragedies in the past: Why include the dead suspect in the body count along with innocent victims.
Identified as Anthony Ferrill, a 17-year-employee at the Molson Coors Brewing Company, the presumed perpetrator seems to be getting equal billing to the people whose lives were taken.
The actual victims have been identified as Jesus Valle Jr., and Trevor Wetselaar, both 33 and both from Milwuakee; Dale Hudson, 60, Waukesha; Dana Walk, 57, Delafield and Gennady Levshetz, 61, Mequon, according to WDJT News, the local CBS affiliate.
The investigation is still in its early stages, but already some Democratic presidential candidates have tried to exploit the tragedy to further the gun control agenda. And the newspaper noted that Democrat Gov. Tony Evers had, “Just before the shooting… renewed his call for the state Legislature to take up bills that would enact a universal background check for gun purchases and institute a ‘red-flag’ law allowing judges to confiscate guns from people determined to be a risk to themselves and others.”
However, considering the suspected shooter’s background, a “universal background check” law would not have prevented the shooting, because he owned firearms for several years. The argument is irrelevant.
A “red flag” law would not likely have prevented the incident, as neighbors and co-workers have indicated they got along with him, although he reportedly argued with others. Whether that would reach the threshold of a “red flag” order hasn’t been determined.
A report from WISN News included this sentence: “At a news conference Thursday afternoon, police said they were not answering any questions.”
If that was the case, why was there even a news conference? Reporters covering a breaking story deserve answers so they can provide information to the public that people have a right to know.
By no small coincidence, as noted by the Wisconsin State Journal article, “The shooting took place less than 3 miles from the venue that will host the Democratic National Convention in five months.” By that time, it is possible a clear front-runner will have emerged from the pack now engaging in debates and bracing for the Super Tuesday election next week. If not, there could be a brokered convention that some pundits have already suggested could cause irreparable turmoil within the Democrat party.
Expect gun control to be a major issue at that convention, and it will become part of the party platform heading into the November election.
Perhaps by that time, the investigation into this week’s deadly shooting will have determined a motive. Still, expect anti-gunners to point the finger of blame at gun owners in general and the Second Amendment in particular.
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