We’re consistently told that gun control works. We’re also consistently told that if we pass more of it, we’ll see a lot fewer random acts of violence.
The idea is that if you and I have a harder time getting guns, then bad guys will have a harder time getting them. This presumes that the impact will have some kind of trickle-down effect, which is hilarious considering how they mock “trickle-down economics,” but here we are.
However, gun control states still have plenty of problems with random violence.
Take this situation, for example, out of New York.
One person was killed and three more were injured Saturday when a man riding a scooter randomly fired at pedestrians in Queens and Brooklyn, New York City Police Department authorities said in a press conference.
“At this time, we don’t know the motive. It seems that his acts were random. If you look at the demographics and pedigree of the victims, they’re all different,” NYPD Assistant Chief Joseph Kenny said in a press conference.
“Video shows that he’s not targeting anybody – he’s not following anybody as he’s driving on his scooter, he’s randomly shooting people.”
Now, New York’s gun control battles have been well documented here at Bearing Arms. We’ve covered it aplenty.
Yet, as we can see, it didn’t really accomplish all that much in preventing this attack. Luckily, it could have been much worse, but it was bad enough.
The thing is, this wasn’t the only rampage we saw over the weekend in a gun control state.
Police in Los Angeles arrested a suspect following what appeared to be a series of random shootings that wounded one victim Saturday morning, a news report said.
The suspect allegedly fired randomly at people in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, with shootings reported between 6:20 a.m. and 7:20 a.m., KTLA-TV reported.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody after the Los Angeles Police Department located an unoccupied vehicle believed to have been used in the attacks. Officers later arrested a man who matched the suspect’s description when he exited a nearby home, KTLA reported.
Police found a rifle believed to have been used in the shootings during a search of the vehicle, the station reported.
Now, again, this could have been much worse, but that has nothing to do with gun control. It has to do with the shooters themselves. Thankfully.
Gun control failed in both of these instances. Either of these could have been headline-grabbing horror stories we’d be talking about for the next three months. I’m sincerely glad they weren’t, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore them, either.
California and New York go out of their way to restrict the rights of the people who live there. Following Bruen, they both tripped over themselves to pass new laws that would restrict where people could carry a firearm. they’ve shown time and time again that they see no alternative to gun control.
And yet, we have these incidents as a stark reminder that gun control doesn’t work as advertised.
Clearly, no one was safer because of these states’ laws. If anything, it made it less likely anyone in the vicinity of these shootings would be armed and able to shoot back, thus ending the rampages quickly.
That’s about par for the course with gun control, though, isn’t it?