Devin Kelley had a history of domestic violence. The most recent occurred in 2012, while Kelley was serving in the U.S. Air Force. At that time, he physically attacked his ex-wife and hit his young son so hard that his skull was fractured. As a result of that incident, Kelley was placed in a mental health facility in New Mexico from which he soon escaped and was recaptured by local law enforcement. Kelley was then court-martialed and given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force. Unfortunately, the Air Force failed to follow legal protocol and notify civilian authorities of Kelley’s violent behavior. Had all this information been properly documented, it is highly probable that Devin Kelley would not have been able to legally secure a firearm. Of course, he could have always pursued alternate means and illegally secured one to carry out his action.
During his tenure in the Air Force, Kelley apparently had difficulty with his behavior and got crossways with his commanding officer. He ended up making death threats against the officer and was eventually caught attempting to smuggle a firearm onto the base. Had his efforts not been exposed, he obviously intended to make good on his threat. After returning to civilian life, he continued getting into trouble with the law, being charged with rape and for sending threatening text messages to his former mother-in-law. Authorities are still searching for the reason why he opened fire on the church-goers, but for now it appears that he was bent on killing his ex mother-in-law who attended the church.
I detail Mr. Kelley’s history to assert that such shootings will not be prevented with the implementation of stricter gun control laws. One only needs to look at Chicago to see that such laws have failed to stem either the violence or the killing in that city. As the old saying goes, “If you collect all the guns, only the criminals will have guns.” The Left is always focused on the gun and not the individual in possession of it—a true error in judgment on their part. Of course they prize “symbolism over substance” and, as usual, political chaos ensues. Think about the foolishness of No Gun Zones, where the shooter reads the sign as Easy Prey.
Now, if we attempted to institute a process whereby individuals who are identified as mentally unstable are denied access to firearms, the Left would likely scream “No, you cannot label someone as mentally unstable! They are differently abled! After the Texas church shooting, Senator Elizabeth Warren commented that, “God is not going to fix this,” and went on to ask, “How long will the Republicans wait to do something?” Alas, Senator Warren, your party was in charge of both the House and Senate for the first two years of the Obama presidency and you did nothing about it. What a hypocrite! Of course, the purpose of her statement was to lay the blame for the killings at the feet of the Republicans.
The truth of the matter is that in this situation, the military services and law enforcement groups should have properly documented Mr. Kelley’s violent and mentally unstable behavior. When he tried to purchase a firearm, his actions would have been on the record and he would have been turned down. But that is too easy an answer for the Left and it does not serve their purpose of making progress on dismantling the 2nd Amendment. When citizens begin offering to give up their rights in order to control the actions of others, we will know that the Progressives are moving forward on their agenda.
In the Utopian state envisioned by the Left, anything they say can be done can be done. Of course, that is not true but it sure sounds good on the first pass. Controlling particular guns will not eliminate mass shootings. That is simply a pipedream created wholly by the Left in their never-ending agenda to take guns out of the hands of American citizens. Much in the same fashion that mental illness plays into the discussion of homelessness, it also plays into gun violence. As long as we are willing to ignore the issue of mental instability, we will have someone who has the potential to be a mass murderer. We can never place false and misleading labels on our problems and expect to achieve viable and effective solutions. If we act on the demands of the Left in this regard, the only outcome will be law-abiding citizens losing their rights one by one.
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