Groundhog Day—Twisted Minds Enabled with Guns

alongby Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council


October 29, 2018


In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray relives the same day over and over. So it is with us when it comes to horrific gun violence committed by twisted minds. When the horror occurs:


         1) The delusional pro-gun minority—represented by the NRA and the 46 senators from the 23 pro-gun states that always vote against any gun safety law––assures us that this has nothing to do with guns and further if the victims had been armed they could have defended themselves and prevented the horror.



         2) The sane gun violence prevention majority laments the latest horror and declares that finally it’s time for the federal legislators to put their ideological differences aside and pass necessary gun-safety laws.


         3) No gun-safety laws are passed; nothing happens.


         4) The next gun horror occurs and steps 1-3 are repeated.





It is time for this to end––for the sane majority to take control and bring rational behavior to the running of our country.


These past weeks, an extreme white supremacist went into a Louisville, Kentucky Kroger—after trying unsuccessfully to enter a predominantly black church—and shot and killed two African Americans, using racial epithets.


In court filings, he identified himself as having a schizoaffective disorder. In a different court filing, his ex-wife identified him as a paranoid who had stopped taking his medication.


The gunman’s criminal record includes charges of assaulting his ex-wife and elderly parents. He was prohibited from possessing firearms for two years, yet his misdemeanor convictions were not severe enough to prevent him from possessing a firearm, as would a felony conviction says the Courier Journal. He was legally able to buy his guns.


According to the New York Times, the Pittsburgh synagogue murderer had 21 guns registered to him, including at least one assault weapon. For the safety of society, sanity demands that we know if anyone is accumulating an arsenal—a sure indicator that they are preparing to commit major horrific gun violence.


For example, the Las Vegas killer possessed 47 guns including numerous assault rifles. Thirty-three had been purchased in the year before his murders and he also had several thousand rounds of ammunition.


Due to successful lobbying the delusional pro-gun minority has had passed laws that prohibit a gun registry and therefore we cannot track those amassing guns and ammunition. Before the Aurora Colorado massacre, the murderer had purchased over 6,000 rounds of ammunition.


Also, in October a mass school shooting was barely averted when a mother who had received a racial hate message alerted police. A 20-year-old resident of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky was arrested in his driveway with a gun, 200 rounds of ammunition, a 100-round high-capacity magazine, bulletproof vest in his car and plans to shoot up local schools.


Since the current background check system was put in place, 85 percent of mass gun killers passed their background check.


In virtually every case involving twisted, mass gun murderers, their mental disturbance and capacity for violence were well known in their communities. Interviews with people who knew them would have revealed that they were people who should not have access to guns—current background checks would not.


Clearly, we need a different kind of background check—a universal comprehensive one that includes interviews with potential purchasers of guns and those who know them.


Further, with a gun registry we would know who was acquiring excessive numbers of guns and ammunition and could take preventative action before the arsenal was assembled and used with deadly consequences.


Based on history, we know with certainty that no matter the gun horror, as things stand, a gun registry, universal comprehensive background checks and essential gun safety laws will not be passed by federal lawmakers.


Thus, the rational majority who want to see gun safety laws now must force this to happen—and can do so by using the economic leverage of their enormous purchasing power. There are 100 million Americans who want gun safety laws. This, compared with the NRA’s five million members who oppose every gun safety law. The economic power of 100 million dwarfs that of five million.


How to launch the majority’s economic power is both described and initiated in my forthcoming book, scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2019.


It is time for the majority to take back control using the economic levers of their enormous purchasing power—and we will start with guns.


Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council