October 1st saw yet another mass shooting tragedy that left at least 10 dead and 20 wounded at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. It was the 142nd school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in December 2012. It seems that every time this happens, the politicization of the tragedy begins sooner and sooner.
Within hours of the Oregon school shooting, the gun control debate began in full swing.
It only took about 90 minutes for commentators to begin shouting for more guns on major news outlets. This despite the fact that Oregon allows concealed weapons on public post-secondary campuses. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, even if the individual schools in Oregon have policies regarding concealed weapons – it doesn’t matter. There are only 23 states that allows schools to decide that for themselves, and Oregon isn’t on the list.
Let’s be realistic though – even if every student and teacher on campus was armed there is no guarantee there wouldn’t have been innocent blood shed. If there would have been a massive shoot-out Old West style, innocent victims would have most likely been caught in the cross-fire of un-trained gunslingers.
I promise the stray bullets would not have collided in the air to explode in glitter and freedom as only the bad guy was shot. To be clear, I’m not making light of this horrific occurrence, but the argument that MORE guns would solve the problem.
The Oregon Sheriff in charge of most recent shooting wrote letter to White House after Newtown saying and he would not follow any new legislation enacted because it would be “unconstitutional” and that:
Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.
It has recently come to light that the Oregon Sheriff in charge of investigating this most recent shooting, John Hanlin, was one of hundreds of sheriffs around the country to write a letter to Vice President Joe Biden in strong opposition to any new gun control legislation after the Newtown shooting.
Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the Constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Douglas County Oregon.
You can read the full letter below via Mother Jones:
Below is a video from two years ago describing the situation and rebellion in which Sheriff Hanlin took part.
Because nothing says “America” like refusing to obey laws you don’t agree with. Just ask Kim Davis.
Featured image screen capture via YouTube.