As we’ve noted a lot since two mass shootings rocked the state, California has a lot of gun control laws. These laws, we’re told, are supposed to stop bad things from happening, at least to some degree.
But here we had two mass shootings.
“That’s horrible, but gun control works great to deal with more usual criminal access to guns,” someone might say.
However, a 12-year-old boy trying to act big online just disproved that and landed his father in jail, it seems.
A 12-year-old Coachella Valley middle school student was taken into custody Wednesday morning after making threats to his fellow classmates, police said.
Officers obtained a search warrant and found several weapons at the boy’s home in the 67700 block of Verona Road. Since the home was near Rio Vista Elementary School, police requested the school be placed on a temporary lockdown for safety precautions.
The boy’s father, identified as Roman Rodriguez, was arrested for child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal rifle, and possession of unregistered firearms. He was transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio.
So this looks like a possible case of the apple not falling very far from the tree.
In the process, though, it illustrates the futility of California’s gun control scheme. After all, it can’t stop mass shootings and here we see an example of how it can’t stop more pedestrian sorts of bad guys from getting firearms either, including weapons prohibited under state law.
It seems that no matter how much the state tries, it’s being shown up at pretty much every level as someone illustrates just how little those gun control laws do to inhibit criminal behavior.
Do you know who it does inhibit? Go on, take a guess.
If you said law-abiding citizens, then congratulations! You answered the easiest question possible on the topic of guns, gun rights, and California gun laws.
Regular, law-abiding citizens are restricted in what kind of guns they can buy, told where they can use them, how much ammunition they can carry, must brush up on local laws in every municipality they travel through while armed, and a host of other measures that demand their compliance. Meanwhile, what do the rank-and-file criminals do?
Anything they want.
Gun control doesn’t work. This is yet another case proving it.
As for this case, it’s interesting how ultimately, the kid apparently trying to intimidate his classmates–either that or just trying to talk smack and seem dangerous and therefore cool–led to his father’s arrest and possibly being sent to prison.
This may be a rare case where the child hopes his father does serve time. Even if the father isn’t abusive–and we have no indications that he is–it won’t be pleasant for the boy to have to face his father as the legal drama unfolds.
As for me, I think it’s kind of amusing.
No, restrictions on people’s Second Amendment rights isn’t funny, but a case like this is just ridiculous enough it’s hard not to chuckle.