The only thing gun control seems to do consistently is fail. It doesn’t stop crime; it doesn’t stop mass shootings, it doesn’t stop anything except for law-abiding citizens having an effective means to defend their own life.

Last week, the murder of a California police officer highlighted some of the ways they fail and give, at best, an illusion of safety.

The gunman who shot and killed Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Thursday night has been identified as Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, a 48-year-old man who was ordered last fall to surrender a semiautomatic rifle after he was convicted in a battery case.

Yolo County Superior Court records show Limbaugh was charged in September with battery with serious bodily injury, a incident that a source said stemmed from him punching a co-worker at Cache Creek Casino in the face after a dispute.

The case was resolved as a misdemeanor conviction, and California Department of Justice records show he agreed to surrender a black .223-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in November.

Court records suggested Limbaugh did not possess any other weapons, and authorities have yet to determine where he obtained the two semiautomatic handguns he may have used in a Thursday night rampage that killed the 22-year-old officer and shot up a surrounding downtown neighborhood.

Now, let’s bear in mind that California has more gun control on the books than any other state in the country. It’s pretty much illegal to pass gas while holding a firearm and not report it to someone, for crying out loud.

Yet this individual was ordered to turn in an AR-15 and didn’t, then somehow managed to have two semi-automatic handguns the state knew nothing about whatsoever.

Why, to an outside observer, it looks like California’s gun control laws didn’t accomplish a damn thing, now did they?

The kabuki theater that passes for gun control allows politicians and activists to pretend they’re making things safer, but it doesn’t do anything of the sort. The allegations state that a man who was legally required to turn in his AR-15 did no such thing. The allegations state he also had two unregistered semi-automatic pistols the state knew nothing about despite the extensive laws on the books that supposedly prevent that. The allegations state that despite the laws meant to disarm this individual, he was able to shoot and kill a law enforcement officer who was acting in the course of her duties.

In other words, the allegations make it clear that gun control does precisely jack.

Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens can only purchase handguns from a list of dwindling supplies and have to jump through useless hoops to possess even a single-shot rifle.

Tell me more about how gun laws make people safer. Tell me more about how laws stop bad people from getting guns and doing bad things. Tell me more about all of that because I love a good fantasy story. For the record, stories with elves and dragons are infinitely more believable than the fantasy of gun control working.

It doesn’t, and the death of this officer is yet another tragic example of how it doesn’t.

But what will California do this year? Probably pass some more gun control laws, because that’s just what they do. Who cares if they hurt innocent people, right?