Racist nut Benjamin Nathaniel Smith killed two and wounded nine in a
series of drive-by shootings of blacks, Asian-Americans, and Orthodox Jews
in Illinois and Indiana before dying in a struggle with police on the
Fourth of July.
Smith had tried to buy firearms from a federally licensed gun shop in
Illinois on June 23, the AP reports, but was turned down when he failed the
Did he lie when filling out the federal form? Of course -- all such forms
ask whether the applicant is under a court restraining order. Is lying on
that form a federal felony? It is. Did anyone try to detain, locate,
arrest, or prosecute this would-be killer in the ensuing 11 days? Of course
So -- confirming the fact that such "gun control" laws never work
(confirming, in fact, that the folks who pass them have no intention of
trying to make them work, counting on their
predictable failure to justify further steps to disarm law-abiding folk by
making gun ownership even more expensive,
inconvenient, and embarrassing), Smith remained free to buy pistols in .22
and .380 caliber -- not "assault weapons," as some would have it --
illegally, from an unlicensed dealer already under investigation by the
Now, Benjamin Nathaniel Smith's insane crime spree brings predictable
calls for more "gun control."
What do they propose to do: make it illegal to buy guns illegally?
Meantime, no one mentions that again, as in Colin Ferguson's terrible
shooting spree on the Long Island Railroad a few years back (in a
jurisdiction where none of the victims were allowed to carry arms), and as
in the worst American mass shooting in recent memory, in which 23 occupants
of the Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas were shot down like dogs because
state law required them to leave their firearms out in their cars ... none
of Benjamin Nathaniel Smith's victims were armed.
Such squirrelly characters are cowards at heart. Would someone like
Benjamin Nathaniel Smith even have attempted such a
thing if it were known that as many as 30 percent of blacks,
Asian-Americans, and Orthodox Jews in the Midwest were now carrying
concealed weapons, and had received training in how to use them? No.
Yet instead of urging more folks to buy and carry guns and learn how to
use them, the "reformers" can only think of ways to create more disarmed
"Oh, being armed is no solution," the mincing minions of genocide will
surely simper. "The bad guy will only take your gun away and use it on
OK: Let's take a look at what really happened last week when the intended
victim of such a would-be shooter turned out to be armed:
Reuters reported on July 6 from Santa Clara, California:
"A shoot-out at a California shooting range ended a bizarre hostage drama
during which three gun store employees found themselves staring down the
barrel of one of their own rented rifles, police said Tuesday.
"Sgt. Anton Morec of the Santa Clara Police Department said the aspiring
gunman, 21-year-old Richard Gable Stevens ... 'intended to go out in a
blaze of glory,' noting Stevens had accumulated more than 100 rounds of
ammunition for his rented 9mm semi-automatic weapon.
" 'It certainly looks like he intended to take a lot more people out.' "
"Morec said Stevens arrived at the National Shooting Club Monday evening
and rented the rifle for target practice. ... After several minutes on the
range, however, Stevens returned to the club's gun store and shot at the
ceiling. He then herded three store employees out the door into an alley,
saying he intended to kill them.
"Unknown to Stevens, one store employee was carrying a .45 caliber handgun
concealed beneath his shirt. When Stevens looked away, the employee fired,
hitting Stevens several times in the chest and bringing him to the ground."
After police arrived, Stevens was taken to a hospital, where he was
listed in critical condition. Finding a note from Stevens to his parents,
predicting they would be bankrupted by lawsuits from the relatives of his
intended "victims," police concluded "The quick action by the gun club
employee may have headed off a massacre," Reuters reports.
Yet which case made the front pages and the evening news -- the tragedy
with the unarmed victims, or the story that proves, not in theory but in
real life, the best way to stop such crimes before
Speaking of the 1991 Luby's cafeteria massacre, Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp
was there. She had left her firearm in her car, as required by law. She
therefore had to watch both her father and mother -- along with 21 others
-- butchered before her eyes. Dr. Hupp, who won election to the Texas
legislature in 1996 on a "right to self-defense" platform, will speak on
the Second Amendment and recent calls for more victim disarmament at the
monthly breakfast of the Nevada Republican Liberty Caucus, 7:30 a.m. Monday
July 12, at the Country Inn in Green Valley.
Tickets are $25; call Chuck Muth to see if any spaces are still open: