There have been dozens of mass shootings since six were killed in Kalamazoo, MI a year ago allegedly by Uber driver Jason Dalton (pictured). People have already forgotten about the mass shootings at a Cincinnati nightclub and in Sandford, Florida this week not to mention the Fort Lauderdale airport shootings earlier this year.
(People have also forgotten about the shootings of 18 police officers in one week last July in Dallas and Baton Rouge all by legal gun owners and all disproving the NRA’s insipid memes that “it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun” and “gun-free zones” are the problem.)
Still, the case of the Uber driver suspect Jason Dalton is worth revisiting because it is a carbon copy of most mass shooter cases. The murderers are loners who everyone from friends to family to therapists know are mentally unbalanced. The murderers exhibit violent, threatening behavior and in some cases announce their intentions over social media. And, with the exception of the Newtown and San Bernardino murderers, the killers pass their background checks, some even buying their murder weapons hours before their sprees.
Police reports say Dalton told investigators the Uber app on his cellphone had commandeered his car and mind which led to the killings. The remark is reminiscent of the confessed Fort Lauderdale airport killer who said voices were responsible for his murder of five and injuring of six.
Six people were killed on February 20, 2016 in Kalamazoo including a father and son in a car dealership and four women leaving a show at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. Two other people were injured at two different locations and they are still recovering.
Dalton, the accused gunman, is so mentally disturbed he had to be carried from an earlier court appearance in chains. He will not be allowed in the courtroom for his upcoming trial. Yet the NRA says people with mental illness have “gun rights” and recently successfully campaigned for the right of mentally impaired Social Security recipients to own guns. It also works for the right of people who have been hospitalized for mental illness to have their guns returned. After the Virginia Tech murders by another mentally ill gunman who passed his background check, the NRA bragged on its website that a new bill it helped push through “will no longer prohibit a person [with certain types of mental health orders] from possessing or receiving a firearm.” Dalton seemed a “nice guy” said the NRA’s Cam Edwards after the Uber driver was arrested.
The deaths of six people and injuries of two in Kalamazoo are just the price of liberty maintains the NRA. We do not believe in “gratuitously tak[ing] away the rights of people because when you begin taking away the rights of people that you don’t like, that’s the slippery slope,” said NRA lobbyist Marion P. Hammer to the press. How about the rights of people leaving a car dealership or an auditorium to not be killed by a mentally ill gunman, Hammer?
When the NRA has to choose between the lives of the six dead in Kalamazoo (or 49 in Orlando, nine in Umpqua, nine in Charleston and 12 at Washington’s Navy Yard) and the “gun rights” of someone whose cell phone actually talks to him—we all know its decision. The NRA’s stance does not just blaspheme survivors of gun violence, it blasphemes all Americans. Why? Because the NRA also thinks people on the No Fly and Terror Watch lists have “gun rights.”