“Ian Stawicki was never diagnosed with mental illness and was therefore legally able to buy his guns,” komonews.com reports. “But his dad said he’d been sick for years. ‘So he started having a fantasy history of himself. Military involvement, hit squads, terrible things, the babies we kill,’ Walter said.” You see where this is going? Ian’s parents didn’t. A certain river in Egypt springs to mind. “He insists his son’s past arrests for domestic violence were separate from his mental health issues. ‘We recognized it,’ he said. ‘We saw things coming. We didn’t see violence coming.'” I guess no one did—although what are the odds? Anyway, as a radio program used to remind Americans, who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Especially those who want to take away our gun rights. Such as . . .
Police and city leaders are taking a different approach. Based on Stawicki’s killing spree and other recent murders, Councilman Bruce Harrell is considering stronger gun laws in the city.
“We’re not trying to defeat the Second Amendment advocates. We’re not trying to refute anyone’s right to bear arms,” Harrell said. “We’re just asking the question, are we at an unprecedented level of gun violence and now should our laws change?”
Ideas range from banning large ammunition clips to not honoring concealed weapons permits from other states.
So the Seattle City Council doesn’t want to do what it wants to do. So then . . . don’t do it. Especially as state law prohibits any city legislation on gun regulations. As Voltaire said, common sense is not so common.