May 25, 2014, - 1:18 pm
I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to lose your son to a crazed lunatic, as Richard Martinez did yesterday when his son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was murdered by Elliot Rodger. And I can understand his need to create some sort of meaning in the meaningless, random shooting of his son–to blame some concrete, “preventable” reason. But the Second Amendment and the NRA’s vigilant defense of it is not the reason his son died. It has nothing to do with it. In fact, someone who is mentally disturbed, by law, is prohibited from owning a gun (federal background checks required for gun purchases have kept millions of mentally unhealthy individuals from owning guns, and perhaps Rodger’s illness wasn’t apparent in the federal database).
And, so, despite his right to grieve and what is clearly incredible sadness and loss of a loved one, it is unfortunate that this father chose to use his grief spotlight to engage in politics. Note also that Rodger stabbed to death three of his roommates prior to the shooting spree. Perhaps we should have knife control in America, too?
Note also that police were asked to check on Rodger not long before his rampage took place and they reported no issues:
Police had interacted with the suspected murderer before Friday. Officers interviewed Rodger on April 30 in a welfare check requested by his family, Brown said. Officers concluded he was “polite, courteous” and downplayed any difficulties. Rodger told officers he had problems in his social life.
Police did not look for guns or report anything that might have prevented Rodger from obtaining guns after the visit. The thing is, there is NO law that would have prevented Rodger from obtaining guns, other than complete gun control or requiring an examination by a psychiatrist. Since Rodger had Asperger’s Syndrome, was this on any medical or government record of his? Apparently not, or laws in most jurisdictions (not to mention, again, the federal database used for background checks prior to gun purchases) likely would have ruled him incompetent to obtain firearms due to competence issues. And he could have purchased guns illegally if he had wanted to.
Again, I feel for Mr. Martinez. But his tragic loss should not equal our loss of Second Amendment rights or any infringement thereof.
Facebook Friend Michael Alan Smith (Join Me on Facebook):
This California law states that anyone with mental issues in California is prohibited from owning a gun, if that law can’t be enforced what makes anyone think that more laws will help?
BTW, I’m sure I’m “not allowed” (by the mental illness PC thought police) to blame Rodger’s behavior on his Asperger’s, just as I was “not allowed” to blame or form any tie whatsoever between Adam Lanza’s massacre at Sandy Hook and his autism. When I did that, over a year ago, self-appointed celebrity queen of autism, Holly Robinson Peete, repeatedly attacked me on Twitter. When I looked into her autism charity’s spending and noted it’s mostly waste and money to fly Ms. Robinson Peete all over America for self-promoting television appearances, including on ABC’s yenta hag-fest “The View-opause,” she stopped responding to my tweets, blocked me, and wouldn’t answer any questions.
Oh, and what about the incessant need of all younger generations in our Facebook and Twitter generation to be famous because social media has fed and massaged that need? This guy, Rodger, was certainly bitten by that bug and took it to an extreme. Guns had nothing to do with that.
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