Instead of focusing on how many civil rights they can strip away from American citizens, perhaps gun control advocates should focus on how to actually stop a mass killing from happening in the first place.
A new piece by John Lott reveals how the man who carried out the deadly attack at Isle Vista last Friday actually admitted that guns would have deterred him. And if we want to truly help prevent these things from happening in the future we better listen up.
Gun control supporters constantly tout that gun bans are the only way to stop these shootings, but to believe this is to ignore all of the would-be-shootings that have been stopped because of a good guy with a gun.
Elliot Rodger spent over a year and a half planning out his attack and according to John Lott, “his 141-page “manifesto” makes it clear that he feared someone with a gun could stop him before he was able to kill a lot of people.”
Rodger’s 141-page “manifesto” makes it clear that he feared someone with a gun could stop him before he was able to kill a lot of people.
Consider his discussion about where he thought the best place to attack people was:
“Another option was Deltopia, a day in which many young people pour in from all over the state to have a spring break party on Del Playa Street. I figured this would be the perfect day to attack Isla Vista, but after watching Youtube videos of previous Deltopia parties, I saw that there were way too many cops walking around on such an event. It would be impossible to kill enough of my enemies before being dispatched by those damnable cops.”
Many gun-control advocates have long dismissed the notion that guns can deter these killers. In April, UCLA Professor Adam Winkler noted: “many shooters don’t really care whether it is a gun-free zone or not, they are just there to kill people and they expect to die in their event . . . so I don’t think that mass shooters are to be as responsive . . . as a careful calculating rational person might be.”
Indeed, Rodger did expect to die. His manifesto explained in detail how he was going to commit suicide after he had killed others. But he was equally clear that it was important to him to kill as many people as possible before that.
He spent much of his 141 pages writing about: “the attention and admiration I so craved” and “I should be the one they pay attention to.” Maximizing the carnage is the way that these killers know that they can get attention.
If police were around everywhere, we could stop these attacks. But, of course, they aren’t. And with the exception of the police, Santa Barbara County, where Isla Vista is located, is essentially a gun-free zone.
As of February 2014, there were only just 53 individuals with a concealed handgun permit in the county.
Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/28/memo-to-gun-control-advocates-even-elliot-rodger-believed-guns-would-have/
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