We’re not sure if there’s some kind of harmonic convergence or planetary alignment in the works, but there’s an uncharacteristic amount of reality coming out of gun control advocates in the Golden State in the wake of the Oikos U. mass shooting. From a mercurynews.com article: “(S)hort of banning semi-automatic weapons, it’s unlikely that any new laws could prevent someone from going on a shooting spree with the weapon that authorities say One L. Goh used to kill students at Oikos University. Even some of the most ardent gun-control advocates believe that’s the case.” And now gentle readers, you might want to duck to avoid flying pigs . . .

“It wasn’t a failure of laws,” said Amanda Wilcox, who along with her husband, Nick, lobbies for the California chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “I just don’t see how our gun laws could have stopped something like that.”

I think I sprayed my dog with coffee when I read that (it’s actually a pretty good way to make a chocolate Lab from a yellow one, if you’re interested). But really Amanda?

You mean that some of the strictest gun laws in the country and a prohibition against campus carry were totally ineffectual in stopping a bat-guano crazy killer bent on revenge?

It almost makes you wish that there had been people out there who’d realized that and proposed an alternative course of action to minimize the damage done by people like Goh.

Oh well. Hindsight’s 20/20 and all. That being the case, what—if anything—would have prevented or minimized what happened at Oikos University?

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17 Responses to Question of the Day: What Could Have Prevented the Oikos University Shooting?

  1. That being the case, what—if anything—would have prevented or minimized what happened at Oikos University?

    Higher tuition costs.

    • A well placed 230 grain .45 acp jhp to a certain individuals “T box” area (providing of course that said round evacuated said individuals brain housing group)

  2. I confess, I didn’t quite believe that the Mercury News really produced such an article until I clicked on the link. Another golden quote by Wilcox: “Sometimes, the problem is not going to be taken care of through the law, so it needs to be family members taking care of each other.”

    I hope those pigs overhead don’t need to evacuate their bowels…

  3. Its simply so they can head off the obvious observation- “well California has capacity limits, and an AWB, and discretionary permitting……why didn’t any of that stop this?”
    THAT is the discussion they don’t want to have, so suddenly they’re talking about family, and access to mental health care. Don’t mistake this for an epiphany.

  4. Let us be careful here. This could be a smart move on the gun control peoples part. Think if the laws did not work. They can make the case that we must get rid of all guns. Sure it will not happen soon but lets make sure we are thinking about the possible outcomes

  5. “It wasn’t a failure of laws,” said Amanda Wilcox, who along with her husband, Nick, lobbies for the California chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “I just don’t see how our gun laws could have stopped something like that.”

    Of course not. The laws they have on the books now could never have stopped this senseless violense, but look! Right here in her purse! She’s got the law that would have done the trick! She’s had it all along, but that evil gun lobby and those evil gun owners have prevented it from becoming law.

  6. “I just don’t see how our gun laws could have stopped something like that.”

    After clicking through the link it appears that the gist of the article is anti semiauto and seems to question the wisdom of allowing civilians to have access to owning such weapons.

  7. Well it could be misconstrued but I think in this instance it was more a call to not to jump on your local government to put some other stupid ban in place.
    I live in CA and it has some of the dumbest laws ever. Put into place fueled by fear and ignorance.

  8. Maybe if one of the students or teachers had been permitted to lawfully conceal carry the damage could have been somewhat mitigated? Short of having more people who are properly trained conceal carrying there is nothing that can be done to stop or mitigate incidents such as this one.

  9. Well let’s be open minded. Here is modest proposal…
    1. Ban all firearms and weaponry that uses deadly projectiles.
    2. Destroy all firearms. Everywhere. Each and every single last one.
    3. Remove all information about firearms from the world, and since, as far as I know, there is no way to extract memory or thoughts from individuals… Hmm… I guess the only way is genocide.
    4. Just so no one gets any ideas… Destroy anything with a trigger, handle, button, optics, produces a projectile, etc.

    …it’s that simple…
    “We all dream of a world full of sunshine and happiness. The problem is half of us think it’s a wonderful place to live. The others think it’s a wonderful place to pillage.” or something.

  10. What Could Have Prevented the Oikos University Shooting?

    I think that shooting that fat f^ck the second he aimed his piece would have done the job very nicely.

  11. Even if you banned guns in California people will just steal them from the police. It has happened before. I think it was the LAPD’s SWAT team that had a bunch of their MP5s stolen. Then you have Mexico or guns from other states.

    Look at Brazil, armed security and police get murdered for their guns. You think that wouldn’t start to happen in America if you banned the right to arms?

    I think it is easier in CA (Canada) to remove infringing gun laws than CA (California). There is even a new reason to escape California, radiation from Japan.

  12. Everybody knows that this all did not happen as Kalifrornia is a model of Brady Bunch Legislation and the Campus was a Free Fire, er Gun Free Zone full of Unicorns, Butterflies, Leprechans and Rainbows.

  13. Legal concealed carry and an accurate shooter or two would have stopped him. But carrying on campus would be a crime, so this crime happened unabated, and more like it will happen in the future.

    It’s funny how these crazy bad guys never shoot up a pistol range.

  14. Honestly… a better system for diagnosing and treating mental health problems in this country. Too many folks who aren’t getting the help they need, then go crazy and take people out, even though there are usually tons of warning signs.
    Yes, if CCW was allowed on campus, deaths would be less, but a crazy shooter with the element of surprise would still take at least a couple of people out. To me, that is too much treating the symptom and not the root cause. Campus CCW should be allowed, but we need to admit that it won’t stop this stuff, just reduce damage.
    With proper medications administered early enough, you can stop some of these guys from going crazy.
    A big part of the VT shooting that pissed me off was how the shooter’s family hid his mental health problem from outsiders, made excuses, and didn’t follow up to make sure he was on his meds. Kid stopped taking his meds, no one noticed that he wasn’t picking up his prescriptions, and a few months later he kills…

  15. I think we could make guns illegal so average people that are sheltered cannot access weapons. Then the only weapons causing crime are coning from the cartel on the blackarket. Lol in all seriousness having multiple security officials armed and wearing plates could minimize how much damage if any occured. I love that a gun co trol Nazi states that the laws could not keep this from happening. Another thing, I am confused on your stance towards the second amendment and gun control..

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