It seems that there aren’t enough firearms-related homicides for anti-gunners intent on waving the bloody shirt for gun control. So they’re now asking the public to degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in the name of potential firearms-related homicides. “Imagine how much worse the death toll could have been if the mentally ill man accused in Phoenix of decapitating his wife and pets, had chosen a gun instead of a knife,” EJ Montini of azcentral.com instructs. “In Arizona, that would have been easy for him to do.” It’s hard to believe, but it gets even more fabulous than that . . .
There was a big gun show at the Arizona Fairgrounds in July. Wakefield could have attended. Gun shows like that tend to feature federally-licensed gun dealers and hobbyists selling from their personal collection, the type of people who aren’t required to run background checks on buyers. Outside of gun shows there also are plenty of opportunities for individuals seeking to purchase firearms without any checks.
That needs to stop.
There simply are too many Kenneth Wakefields out there in the world.
An excellent reason to be armed, I’d say. But not Montini. He reckons that background checks would stop wackos like Wakefield from realizing his homicidal aspirations. Setting aside the fact that he did so anyway, with a knife. And the equally indisputable fact that he could have killed his wife with a brick, a hammer, a baseball bat, his bare hands, a can of gasoline, etc.
Given the grisly details described by Phoenix police at the murder scene where Wakefield’s wife and dogs were found, and where Wakefield was found with his awful self-inflicted injuries, it might be difficult for you to imagine anything worse.
It doesn’t take any imagination, however.
The fact is it could have been a lot worse.
I’m no sure how, exactly. Wakefield’s wife and dogs would have been equally dead if he’d shot them to death with a gun. Hell, they might even have survived. Does Montini believe that Wakefield would have shot them to death and thought “Hey, this is easy! Why stop now?” Either before of after he gouged out one of his eyeballs.
We’ve seen this argument before, relating to Chinese knife attacks. Think how much worse it would have been if the Chinese government didn’t eliminate their citizens’ gun rights (along with all other rights)! Of course, one could also say “think how much better it would have been if the 9/11 attackers hadn’t used airplanes.” Or “think how much worse it would be if Americans didn’t have gun rights and the government could commit genocide on its people as it did to native Americans.”
Too much thinking for some, I guess.