Over the last handful of years, Colorado has fully embraced gun control. It would be easy to chalk it all up to the Aurora theater shooting, but I think there’s more than that going on. The state has a lot of people who moved there from California, for example.
Regardless, they’ve passed gun control and we’ve been told those laws were necessary to stop mass shootings there.
Yet the state only narrowly dodged that particular bullet recently and it doesn’t appear to have been the result of any anti-gun measure.
A man found dead at a Colorado amusement park over the weekend was armed with several IEDs and high-powered rifles, according to authorities.
The body of the unidentified 22-year-old man dressed in “black tactical clothing” was found at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, prior to opening Saturday morning, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Guns, ammo and IEDs were found on his body.
“The suspect had been heavily armed with a semi-automatic rifle and semi-automatic handgun, and multiple loaded magazines for both weapons. He was wearing body armor and what appeared to be a ballistic helmet,” a news release read.
Now, officials aren’t speculating as to what the man in question was doing at the theme park, but in light of everything we now know, I think it’s safe to say he wasn’t there for the rides.
Mass shootings often happen in clusters, where one sparks another person to carry one out and so on until whatever is going on sort of burns itself out.
We had the Lewiston shooting last week, then this happened over the weekend, and involved guns and IEDs, which are illegal as hell, so I think it’s a safe bet to assume he wasn’t just going to challenge the park’s firearm policy or something.
The good news is that this one did what many of us have hoped mass shooters would do–he started the shooting with himself, taking his own life before taking anyone else’s.
Yet the problem here is that Colorado’s gun control laws managed to do nothing to prevent this. They’ve got magazine restrictions and red flag laws and a host of other laws, yet this guy was ready to mow down innocent people and had the means to do so in spite of all those laws.
And since he also rigged up IEDs, it’s not exactly difficult to imagine that he’d be happy to skirt any other laws you’d care to concoct. After all, explosives aren’t legal without licensing and yet, here we are talking about some dude having IEDs.
Look, I’m just thankful we’re talking about this as a case of what could have happened rather than what did. I think that’s something we can universally agree on.
Colorado dodged a bullet here. Anyone with a semi-functional brain can see that. But the truth is that their gun control laws accomplished nothing here.
So maybe it’s time to look at better alternatives, things that will not just prevent mass shootings but people using IEDs as well.