What Gun Control Proposal Would Have Prevented Georgia Shootings?

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Never let a good crisis go to waste. That’s the Washington, D.C. mantra, it seems, especially among the left. They’ll latch onto anything and everything that happens as a way to advance an agenda, no matter how much reality interferes with their efforts.

Take the shooting in Atlanta. Let’s face it, it’s awful. Any time someone takes human life so indiscriminately, it’s just awful. There really aren’t enough words in the English language to describe just how terrible that is.

But almost as terrible is the fascination among some people to try and twist events. That’s what’s happening in the wake of Atlanta.

The U.S. House member whose district includes the first massage parlor targeted by a gunman Tuesday night said he was grateful the suspect was quickly apprehended and praying for those affected.

“My staff members and I are horrified by the violent shootings that took place at businesses in Woodstock and Atlanta this afternoon,” U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. Our prayers are with the families of the victims this evening, and for healing for those injured.”

U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams represents the Atlanta neighborhood where two spas were attacked. She said the shooter must be held accountable but the wider issue of violence against Asian American people and Pacific Islanders, which has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, must also be addressed.

She noted that the House Judiciary Committee already had a hearing scheduled for Thursday to discuss this issue. And Williams supports a bill two Asian American lawmakers filed last week that would direct the Department of Justice to assign a point person to review COVID-19-related hate crimes. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act would also provide additional support for state and local law enforcement agencies in responding to hate crimes.

“Those are immediate steps that we can take in Congress beyond thoughts and prayers,” she said.

President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer were also among those who released statements condemning the violence that appeared to have roots in misogyny. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the news of the shootings gripped her attention and she hoped that her colleagues and people at home are watching, too.

“We still know that this risk of gun violence is out there in a big way,” the Minnesota Democrat said. “And that’s what you saw, sadly, in Atlanta.”

Klobuchar said she was happy Georgia voters recently elected Democratic U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who she said are poised to support gun control measures.

About those gun control measures…  I’d be interested to know which of the plethora of gun control bills currently in Congress would have stopped this atrocity. He used a handgun, so no assault weapon ban. The killer purchased the gun legally, which means that even if he didn’t buy it at a gun store, he could have, so universal background checks would have done jack squat. There’s been no mention of “red flags” before his attack, so no red flag law would have stopped it.

So what which bill would have?

None. None would have. There’s no evidence that even a waiting period would have done a damn thing except delay him.

But for Democrats, it’s never really about addressing the incident, it’s about advancing an agenda and using the bodies of slain individuals as the soapbox from which they pontificate from. They don’t give a damn about the lives lost. They care about taking your guns. That’s it.

And they’re not going to let a good crisis go to waste.

 

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