“A man fired from his job at a Minneapolis sign-making business pulled out a handgun and began shooting up its offices, fatally wounding the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.” Andrew Engeldinger had been fired from Accent Signage Systems and, according to huffpo, had struggled with mental illness for years. He shot eight people Thursday, killing five before saving the taxpayers of Minnesota a fortune by turning his gun on himself . . .
But it probably didn’t have to be that way. At least, not as bad as it was. One of the five killed was the company’s owner, Reuven Rahamim. From WaPo:
Rahamim grew up on a farm in Israel and served in the Israeli army before coming to the U.S. after the 1973 Arab-Israel War, said his son-in-law, Chad Blumenfield.
Rahamim founded Accent Signage Systems Inc. in the basement of his Minneapolis home in the early 1980s, according to local business publication Finance & Commerce. With a patent for a method of making Braille signs for the blind, the company specializes in signs that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
As a former IDF soldier, it’s a safe bet Rahamim knew how to handle a gun. If he — or any of his other employees, for that matter — had been armed, the deaths at Accent Signage caused by an armed wacko might have been reduced. Maybe even eliminated.
Our gun-grabbing friends will, as night follows day, blame what they consider lax gun laws for this too-familiar tragedy. They’ll claim that mental health screening could have and should have prevented Engeldinger from getting his hands on a gun in the first place.
But criminals and madmen will always find a way to get firearms. They do it every day, whether it’s here in the “permissive,” relatively gun-friendly U.S. or in one of Sarah Brady’s common sense gun control utopias like the UK.
Have no illusion — killers will always get their hands on guns. The responsible, sane response is to acknowledge that reality and make it as easy as possible for free people to exercise their natural right to armed self defense. But you knew that.