I’m sitting here at Dulles airport waiting for my ride out to the shooting competition this weekend, and the local news stations are reporting that the police have identified the shooter. The guy was apparently a Texas resident, had a criminal history, and a concealed carry permit. The talking heads on the radio haven’t clarified whether the permit was valid and which state it was from, but the criminal history leads me to believe that if it was valid it wasn’t issued in Texas. In short, this just moved from a tragic attack to a complete disaster.
What we’re seeing take place is close to a “worst case scenario” for gun owners. It hits all the stereotypical highlights that gun control advocates love to throw around — crazy rednecks (Texan) who carry guns (CHL) hate the government (attack on Navy facility in DC) and are terrorists. It’s all the fuel that was needed to re-kindle the “debate” over gun ownership, and as far as the recall in Colorado helped move the scales to the side of gun rights this has the potential to bring us right back to the brink.
This will not end well.