It is too early to know where 22-year-old Shawn Bair who opened fired at an Elkhart, Indiana grocery store on Wednesday, killing two, got his 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Did he waltz into a gun shop like the murderers Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Aurora), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard), Paul Ciancia (LAX airport) and Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois University)?
Or did he get it via the criminal network which the gun lobby enables through blocking 1) dealer accounting of inventories 2) retained background records 3) a national registry 4) closing the gun show loophole 5) anti-straw purchaser legislation 6) smart gun technology and 7) even laws to require the reporting of stolen guns?
What a business plan the NRA has. First it tells followers that a regulation like mandatory smart technology is a prelude to gun confiscation and black helicopters will soon swirl over their roofs because the government is coming to take their guns. Then it whips up the paranoia further by saying criminals have somehow gotten armed as if the NRA itself doesn’t block laws addressing dealer inventory, gun show loopholes, straw purchasing and reporting of stolen guns. We don’t know how they got armed!
Why does the NRA even fight smart gun technology which would prevent a weapon from being fired except by specific authorized users? Why does it block a mechanism that would confound criminals and save lives? Isn’t the gun lobby against the “bad guys”? The reason is the criminal market is a big part of gun manufacturers’ sales. Why else have NRA lobbyists pushed through so much pro-criminal legislation usually in federal appropriation bills? “The criminals have guns” is the NRA’s sales pitch on behalf of gun manufacturers. “We made sure of that” is the unsavory truth that is left out.
At first blush Bair appears to be as disturbed as Adam Lanza, who killed first graders at Sandy Hook elementary school in late 2012. His Facebook page, according to Reuters, contains disturbing, bloody images and posts, including a man’s bloodied face. His “likes” include the National Rifle Association, God, and the National Association for Gun Rights.
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