There’s a lot of heated debate going on over how easily someone can commit mass murder without a firearm. Lots of anti-Second Amendment politicians like to push all of the blame on guns, quickly forgetting knives, blunt objects, and vehicles. It’s easy for us to forget that tragedy can be delivered in many different forms, it depends on the person…not the weapon.
Here’s a sobering story out of Los Angeles courtesy of American Thinker:
A man who sped down Venice Beach’s crowded boardwalk Saturday evening looked like he wanted “to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people,” a witness said.
One woman was killed, and a Los Angeles County coroner’s office spokeswoman identified her as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy. Her husband told police they were on their honeymoon, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Nathan Campbell, 38, was charged with murder after he turned himself in to police hours after the incident, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said Sunday. Campbell is being held on $1 million bond, she said.
“There no indication that he knew anybody that he hit,” LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said. “It looks like this guy wanted to run over a bunch of people. One guy bent on doing evil.”
While the motive is still unclear, this “one guy bent on doing evil” — without a gun — injured eleven others during his rampage as well.
So will there now be hysterical cries for increased car control as we witnessed with guns in the wake of Sandy Hook? Will President Obama exploit Alice Gruppioni’s death to help further such regulation? Don’t hold your breath. The Left is certainly more concerned with an auto’s carbon foot print than it is with its carnage foot print, otherwise we would be hearing much more about automobile fatalities in the U.S.
And it looks as though even terrorists understand that you can’t let gun control get in the way of a good jihad:
An FBI official said that there was “no indication at this point of a terrorism motive.” A recent edition of al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine recommended driving a car into a crowd as a low-tech way of staging an attack.
On second thought, maybe background checks and the institution of a fifteen-day waiting period prior to allowing access to rental cars by tourists wouldn’t be such a bad idea.