By “common sense,” liberals like Mark Kelly mean more draconian gun laws that don’t actually do anything to prevent violence. Laws like instituting universal background checks and banning “assault” rifles can’t prevent criminals from doing what comes naturally to them.
There aren’t any gun control laws that could have prevented what the mass murderer did in Oregon. But Mark Kelly insists that there are:
When Tapper asked him what gun laws would have prevented the Oregon shooting or the other recent mass shootings, Kelly explained that there “isn’t a specific law,” but a combination of “some really common sense things that Americans support,” like requiring background checks or identifying the mentally ill.
“You know, with individual events, sometimes there isn’t a specific law that you can point to that would prevent a tragedy like this from happening, but with a combination of some really common sense things that most Americans support, you know, stuff like let’s require a background check before anyone gets a gun and let’s try to get people identified as mentally ill if they are dangerously mentally ill, then let’s get that information to the National Criminal Background Check system, which is managed by the FBI. Often in the case of these mass shootings, if there were a couple components, if we did things better, some of these tragedies could be prevented.”
All the guns the Oregon shooter used or had in his possession were obtained through completely legal means. And yet, he still managed to commit a mass murder. Laws can’t prevent these kinds of atrocities from happening. It’s entirely possible that the murderer didn’t have any criminal intent when he first obtained the weapons, so there wasn’t any reason to be suspicious of him.
To quote Jeb Bush out of context, “Stuff happens.” Evil exists and will always exist. Wicked people will always be around, acting on their sinful desires. That is a reality. No amount of legislation can convince evil people not to be evil.
Because this is the reality, the only way to deal with it is for good people to arm themselves. And as politically incorrect as it is, places like college campuses shouldn’t ban weapons. The failure of gun-free zones is becoming all too familiar and routine.