The Failure of Gun Control in Virginia Beach


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Gun-control failed again in Virginia Beach, and it failed big. A disgruntled city employee quit and then came back to work to kill 11 of his coworkers. The news media and gun-prohibitionists call for more more gun-control while ignoring all the failing gun-control regulations that were in place. These gun-prohibitions didn’t keep us safe in Virginia Beach. Why would new laws work any better?
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-The murderer passed a required background check. The background checks, which looks backwards, failed to predict future behavior. Background checks never find new criminals.
-Local preemption means that cities can write their own gun laws that are more restrictive than state law. Virginia Beach did that and it failed to stop this murderer. In fact, it enabled the attack.
-Virginia Beach declared its municipal building as a “gun-free” zone. The city did not post armed guards after they disarmed their employees. We know…

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2 thoughts on “The Failure of Gun Control in Virginia Beach

  1. Glenda T. Goode June 11, 2019 / 9:38 am

    There is one overriding feeling that I get when in the aftermath of an incident like what happened in Virginia Beach you see all sorts of political actors flexing their agendas. It is one of disgust.

    The blood is not yet dry on the floors and walls and these macabre ghouls are dancing for attention to promote their causes of gun control. This is in light of the fact that Virginia Beach had pretty strict controls on firearm ownership and where they can be. This along with the fact that the shooter had passed every check that was required to allow him to own a firearm.

    In this situation which is not any different than any other shooting incident, the person pulling the trigger did so with no fore warning of his potential to do so. Further, the shooter knew he had an unarmed cluster of victims who could do nothing to stop him. NOTHING TO STOP HIM!!

    You can review the history of gun violence and events such as this and there is no rhyme or reason. The common threads are: a ‘crazed’ gunman, a disarmed target and surprise. The first and third items are unpredictable and therefore unavoidable. However, the second is something that can be changed.

    Consider this. If you knew you would be staring down the barrel of a loaded gun if you did anything to harm someone, would you take that next step of actually carrying out that act of violence?????? Even a crazy person senses and understands danger and a threat of violence is danger.

    Very simply put, if you want to stop events such as what happened in Virginia Beach the simplest solution is to allow people to be armed in such places that currently do not allow them. Any rule banning firearms will only be observed by people who may end up being targets even though they really would rather not be.

    The potential of one or more people being armed in a crowd who could return fire to stop a shooter would deter all but the most seriously deranged shooters and they will only be stopped by a bullet anyways

  2. heatherjo86 June 19, 2019 / 6:31 am

    This world is getting increasingly devastating with each passing day. Some say we don’t have enough gun laws but clearly if no one adheres to them what benefit would more laws serve? We need a whole new world. The government isn’t going to fix this, nor any politician, scientist or billionaire. These incidents are going to continue to increase. I pray Jehovah God makes a change soon because we’ll need power from heaven to see some sort of improvement (Psalms 37:10,11; Daniel 2:44; Revelation 21:3,4).

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