By: Teresa Mull

Reports reveal gun control failed to prevent the most recent mass shootings in Indianapolis, Indiana and Orange, California.

These two tragedies offer contrasting insight into how gun control laws fail: in Indiana, the suspected shooter at the FedEx facility purchased his guns legally.  In California, the accused gunman was prohibited from possessing a firearm, yet got his hands on a weapon anyway.

The Indianapolis shooter killed eight people before turning the gun on himself. Despite Indiana having a “red flag” gun confiscation law in place, axios.com reports suspect Brandon Scott Hole, who once had a shotgun seized, “legally purchased two ‘assault rifles’ believed to have been used in the attack, police said late Saturday.”

Similarly, Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, alleged to have killed four people in California, including a child, was forbidden from possessing a gun and ammo because he was convicted of battery in 2015. According to The Associated Press“The shooting occurred nearly six years after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery, which should have put him on the list prohibiting him from owning firearms for the next 10 years. The list is used during the state’s gun and ammunition background check process.”

Steve Lindley, program manager at the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, inadvertently made a pro-gun argument when responding to this shooting. After falsely declaring it’s “rare” for the background check system to fail (data shows it creates thousands of false-positives, constantly denying the wrong people their right to a firearm) and calling it a “very, very good system,” Lindley admitted:

“Unfortunately, where you have strict gun laws, there will always be a market for illegal firearms. Because people want to get them one way or another.”

The Brady Campaign seems not to know what it believes, as Brady’s then-co-president (now president) Kristin Brown told PBS in 2018,:

“The system is riddled with opportunities for human error.”

…So let’s keep using it, punishing law-abiding citizens, most of them minorities, and expanding this flawed system every time a crazed gunman carries out a heinous crime.

Sounds like "common sense" to me.

Teresa Mull (teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

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  • I am retired federal law enforcement office over fifty years’ experience in all levels of law enforcement and when people talk about gun crime they are speaking from ignorance. First of almost everyone in law enforcement has raised their right hand and taken an oath uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic and you have never bothered to read it much less learn it. In 1968 a law called the Omnibus Safe Streets and Crime Control Act of 1968 also known as The Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618. What no one realizes is that in 1969 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York sitting in Manhattan, New York County held that the law was unconstitutional because it was self- incriminatory for convicted felons and mental defectives because it would preclude them from seeking professional help for their illness which was the argument that the American Civil Liberties Union used when they appealed it. It has never been appealed to a higher court by the United States Government!!! Felons and nuts just love the American Civil Liberties Union’s GOOD WORKS!!!!!!!!!

  • Guns don't do crimes.

  • Tell it brother.

  • If gun control worked Chicago would be the safest city in America not the MURDER CAPITOL and if guns are the problem why has there NEVER been a mass shooting at a gun show??????????

  • civilians DO NOT own "assault weapons".  That term refers to the appearance of a rifle not its capabilities but the left won't "let a crisis go to waste"!!!!!!!!!!  An assault rifle has automatic fire option.  civilians CANNOT purchase such weapons by unconstitutional government edict!!!!!!!!!!  A semi-automatic rifle is all We the People are allowed to own.  So much for "shall not be infringed"!!!!!!!!!!

  • When will the commies realize that 2A is here to stay?

  • Gun control has Never Worked! Criminals will have guns because they don't care hence the term criminal. Second look at history of Russia, Germany, first thing was no private gun ownership.  WAKE UP SMELL THE COFFEE SOMETHING IS IN THE WIND!! 

  • They don't care about gun "control", they want confiscation and an unarmed population. 

    • AMEN  AMEN  AMEN  AMEN  AMEN!!!!!!!!!!  I WILL NOT COMPLY with tyranny!!!!!!!!!!

    • Correct

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