In a clear attempt to make what the left considers a key point in its never-ending quest for stricter gun laws in America, USA Today on Friday gleefully noted that alleged FedEx shooter Brandon Hole used two “legally” purchased rifles to kill eight people and himself at the FedEx Ground Operations Center in an Indianapolis suburb on Thursday night.
Instead, USA Today and other media outlets inadvertently and ironically made a key point that gun-rights advocates have been making for years.
The man who police say fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two semi-automatic rifles he used in the attack just a few months after the police seized a shotgun from him over concerns about his mental state. https://t.co/bFuWwtFAEg
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 18, 2021
Here’s how USA Today described it — the beginning of which is an irrelevant and obvious lie — but a lie just the same (emphasis, mine).
Indianapolis police said late Saturday that Hole used two assault rifles in the massacre.
Police said that a trace of the two guns revealed that Hole legally bought the rifles in July and September last year.
Police said officials could not share where Hole bought the guns at the time, citing the ongoing investigation.
Nonsense. I live here. I’ve seen every major news conference relative to the shooting. Police did not say anything about “assault rifles” — and why would they? Why would a law enforcement official, who knows full well that “assault rifles” don’t exist, use a term to identify weapons that don’t exist? For the umpteenth time, semiautomatic rifles are not “assault rifles,” or my fave, nonsensical hyperbolic term — “weapons of war.”
The man who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was able to legally purchase the two assault rifles he used, despite having had a gun confiscated from him last year when his mother raised concerns about his mental health, police say. https://t.co/AhLDbuyUIT
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2021
Here’s just a partial list of other attackers who obtained their firearms by complying with gun control laws, as compiled by Breitbart News:
- Parkland high school attacker (February 14, 2018)
- Texas church attacker (November 5, 2017)
- Las Vegas attacker (October 1, 2017)
- Alexandria attacker (June 14, 2017))
- Orlando attacker (June 12, 2016)
- UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016))
- San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
- Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
- Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
- Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
- Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
- Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
- Alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
- Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
- Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
- Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
- Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
- Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
- D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
- Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
- Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
- Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
- Northern Illinois University attacker (February 14, 2008)
- Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007).
In fact, noted Breitbart, the overwhelming majority of high-profile attackers acquire their guns by complying with background checks, rather than circumventing them, which makes a critical point. People with bad intentions, particularly when desperate, do bad things; regardless of which hoops they must jump through to be in a position to do them.
This reality is why the National Rifle Association “opposes expanding firearm background check systems” — again, “because background checks don’t stop criminals from getting firearms, [and] because some proposals to do so would deprive individuals of due process of law, and because the NRA opposes gun registries.”
The NRA also notes that “most mass shooters, including those inspired by Islamic terrorist groups, pass background checks to acquire firearms.”
In a brief statement, Hole’s family declined all interview requests, apologized, and said they tried to get help for their 19-year-old son.
“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed. Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”
USA Today reported that Hole’s mother had contacted authorities in May 2020, saying she feared her son might commit “suicide by cop.” He was also known to both the Indianapolis Police Department and the FBI. Clearly, as is often the case in these senseless crimes, opportunities were missed, somewhere along the troubling line.
But even clearer, stricter background-check requirements sought by the Democrats is not one of those missed opportunities. Then again, all the left has to do is plaster “Gun-Free Zone” signs on every billboard and lamppost in America. See how easy it is, loons?