Gun control advocates sputter at their own impotence. The National Rifle Association is politically ascendant. And Barack Obama’s White House pledges to safeguard the Second Amendment in its first official response to the deaths of at least 12 people in a mass shooting at a new Batman movie screening in suburban Denver…”We don’t want sympathy. We want action,” Dan Gross, president of the Brady campaign said Friday as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney mourned the dead.
Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, was more emphatic than many in the early hours after the shooting. “Everyone is scared of the NRA,” he said on MSNBC. “Number one, there are some things worth losing for in politics and to be able to prevent carnage like this is worth losing for.”
Yet it’s been more than a decade since gun control advocates had a realistic hope of getting the type of legislation they seek, despite predictions that each shocking outburst of violence would lead to action.
And Farmdad sends me this story that gives even more logic:
Elliott said people should take caution when applying cases like the Friday theater shooting in Aurora to gun policy, saying initial police reports indicate Holmes may have spent months working out an elaborate plan.
“It appears this was so carefully planned at this point that laws wouldn’t have been a deterrent,” he said. “I don’t care what kind of gun laws you have, it wouldn’t have stopped it.”
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner agreed that one incident, while tragic, should not prompt sweeping changes to gun policy.
“I don’t know that policy could have prevented this,” he said. “It appears there was a lot of planning involved.”
As I said before like a few other nationally famous criminals, this guy was a perfect mix of crazy and intelligent. Most smart people could cook up a better plot to kill more people, or cause more mayhem…but there isn’t any real GAIN in any of this, and all these famous spree killers never saw any gain except notoriety at being a monster…which is a tough sell for anybody sane. And most people who are crazy simply don’t have the faculties to plot out such an elaborate and successful plan.
Thankfully monsters like this are VERY rare, but again if he was smart enough to do what he did, getting past a few extra laws that are comparatively minor compared to say mass murder, it doesn’t seem like much of an obstacle.