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My latest piece over at PJ Media concerns the murders in Isla Vista. Among other issues, I discuss the pro forma calls for more gun control, this in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. A sample:
And still there are those who entertain the childish fantasy that some act of legislation, some magical addition to California’s already voluminous gun laws, might have been the one that impeded [Elliot] Rodger from carrying out what he was determined to do. Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, one of the students Rodgers killed on Friday, has been passionate in his condemnation of the National Rifle Association and the politicians he perceives to be in its thrall. “Why did Chris die?”, he asked reporters. “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”
Mr. Martinez can be forgiven in his grief for failing to blame the actual killer, but even in grief one must not disregard the grief felt by others whose loss is just as great. Elliot Rodger killed six people, three of them by gunfire. And he injured 13 others, eight by gunfire. The parents of those stabbed to death or run down in the street might ask, “You seek to ban the implement that harmed your child, but what’s to be done about the one that harmed mine?”
And I’ve just finished reading this story in the Los Angeles Times, which reveals that the sheriff’s deputies who performed a “welfare check” on Rodger back in April had not viewed the YouTube videos that prompted their visit. If they had, would it have made a difference?
It’s hard to say, but it’s possible they wouldn’t have been able to view them at all unless they used their own computers or smart phones. I don’t know if this is the case in the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, but in the LAPD (and in some other police agencies I’m aware of) software installed on department computers prevents officers from visiting YouTube and other sites that might distract them from their duties.
There’s a movement to scapegoat the cops for what happened last Friday, but you shouldn’t buy into it. Members of the Ricochetti, your thoughts?