Two festivals, two mass shootings a continent apart. You’ve probably heard about the one that took place at the Gilroy Garlic Festival yesterday. That shooting resulted in four dead and 15 injured.
Here’s the latest in California festival shooting:
-At least 4 dead, 15 wounded
-Among the #gilroyshooting victims include 6-year-old boy
-Gilroy police quickly shot and killed the gunman
-Manhunt on for possible accomplicehttps://t.co/B5LBdcHsbv pic.twitter.com/bfvTd0hD89
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2019
The one you may not have heard about — it didn’t seem to interest the mainstream media quite as much — was another mass shooting that happened Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York at the end of something called the Old Timers Day festival.
According to the New York Times,
The 56th annual Old Timers Day in Brooklyn was winding down on Saturday, and the final R&B band of the night was leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Family Reunion” by the O’Jays.
The beloved, days-long community event in Brownsville was drawing to a close under a clear summer sky.
Then gunshots rang out, sending thousands running for cover.
At least two gunmen had opened fire, killing a 38-year-old man and wounding 11 people in the crossfire, the police said.
“It was pandemonium,” said Bill Blount, 42, who took cover against a wall with his 5-year-old daughter, London. “She was crying. People were screaming and running.”
Unlike the Gilroy incident, during which the shooter was shot and killed, no one has been arrested yet for the Brooklyn shooting which police believe may have been gang-related.
Latest on mass shooting in Brooklyn:
-Hundreds in Brownsville park at time of shooting
-7 men, 5 women shot; victims ages 21–55
-1 man died, another victim “fighting for his life right now”
-Police believe no less than 2 shooters, 2 guns involved
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) July 28, 2019
Both shootings occurred during long-running festivals enjoyed by thousands. Both while bands entertained the crowds. Both shooters appeared to target people at random.
Oh, and both shootings occurred in places featuring the strictest and most far-reaching gun control laws in the nation. California rates an A in the Giffords gun control scorebook. New York gets an A- (though if cities were ranked, the Big Apple would no doubt earn an A with its laws that go above and beyond New York state’s SAFE Act and other restrictions).
Think of a gun control measure that the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex constantly preaches we need in America on a national level in order to achieve “gun safety” and both states already have them. All of them.
“Assault weapons” ban: check
Magazine capacity limits: check
“Universal” background checks; check
Gun violence restraining orders: check
Safe storage mandates: check
Firearms purchase registration: check
‘May issue’ concealed carry licensing: check
Both festivals took place in gun-free zones. The Gilroy shooter cut his way through a fence to enter the no-guns-allowed grounds of the Garlic Festival. And like all parks and playgrounds in New York City, the location of the Old Timers Day festival was a gun-free zone as well.
Both shootings featured the use of illegally owned and/or carried firearms. In Gilroy, the shooter used an AK variant rifle made illegal by the state’s “assault weapons” laws. He’d purchased the firearm legally less than a month ago and blithely broke California law by bringing it into the state.
Brooklyn is, of course, part of New York City, a place with so few (and such expensive) city-issued handgun (let alone concealed carry) permits that the odds of the shooters legally carrying (let alone owning) the guns they used are astronomically small.
As for response time, there were plenty of police officers already at the scenes of both shootings. Before they happened. Multiple press reports say that police officers on the scene in Gilroy engaged the shooter less than a minute after he opened fire, yet he still managed to gun down 18 people before being killed.
According to CNN, “more than 100 city police officers were present when the shooting occurred.” That was in a park/playground less than one square block. And yet 12 people were shot and neither of the two shooters were apprehended. The only mystery is that no police officers were among the wounded.
And yet none of this — all of the laws, all of the cops — was able to prevent bad people from doing bad things with items they weren’t legally supposed to have.
This is what happens to a disarmed populace.
Disarmed people are told to trust their safety and security to local, state or federal authorities. Authorities who are the only ones that can be entrusted with the awesome responsibility of owning firearms. Authorities of whom there are far too few to provide any kind of meaningful protection.
The gun control industry in this country was founded on and works to achieve something they call “gun safety” (that’s the latest poll-tested, press-friendly euphemism for total civilian disarmament).
Restrictive gun laws create gun-free zones with defenseless, law-abiding victims in target-rich safe spaces for killers and other psychopaths. Laws don’t prevent crimes or tragedies like this any more than they prevented drinking during Prohibition. Which is why denying people the right to protect themselves and their families is morally bankrupt.
Would either or both of these shootings happened in places with concealed carry and minimal restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. Maybe. If they had, maybe the killers’ fire would have been returned sooner, saving lived. Or maybe those who carried out these atrocities would have thought twice about opening fire on people who could defend themselves.
Would these situations have been any worse if armed civilians had been there (as gun-grabbers are sure to argue)? Not likely.
— Sacramento NewsChan (@Sacramento_NC) July 29, 2019
And yet the only responses we’re likely to hear from politicians and their media stenographers in the wake of these two very similar incidents is…they’re proof positive of the need for yet more gun control laws.
They’ll ignore the fact that oppressive gun control and gun-free zones are the common denominators in the vast majority of these shootings. This, while gun ownership in general is at record highs while overall violent crime is at historic lows.
When you’re a freedom-hating, gun-grabbing hammer, it seems, every dead body looks like a nail.
Same as it ever was.