Not that I expect for there to be a breakout of common sense among the anti-gunner crowd, but for the rest of us who are interested in ordered liberty, I have a suggestion for the “fake harmless gun” issue reported earlier. States with capital punishment often apply the death penalty if there is a “special circumstance,” if the murderer commits the crime under certain conditions. Shooting from a car with the intent to kill is a special circumstance in California. Murder for financial gain can trigger the application of the death penalty . . .
These gang-bangers who are putting orange paint on the muzzles of their guns are doing two things. First, they are putting children at risk. They are also trying to gain an advantage over cops, or their own rivals. In either case, their decision to paint the tip of their heaters indicates the intent to make it more likely they can hurt or kill either a cop or someone else they’re gunning for.
Sounds like a special circumstance to me. It seems that a jury should be able to send an attempted murderer with a fake harmless gun to jail for life. And if they murder someone with a so-equipped firearm, that could mean the death penalty, without regard to whether or not the orange tip factored in the success of the crime. You on board?