The homicidal maniac Chris Dorner is still on the run, presumably alive, leaving Southern California in fear. So instead of focusing on capturing the guy, a Los Angeles Times writer instead figures this would be an appropriate time to go after the NRA and Wayne LaPierre.
Maybe, at least, Dorner should have been required to undergo psychological testing upon being sacked to determine whether he was mentally fit to own weapons.
True, there may be a constitutional problem with that idea. He’s still a citizen, presumably with a 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. That doubtless would be the argument of gun-rights groups.
He wasn’t convicted of a crime. If we’re going to confiscate the weapons of an axed cop or subject him to psychological testing, shouldn’t we also take that precaution with, say, a fired fast-food burger-flipper?
Well, no, there’s a difference: We expect and demand more from police, who have been trained at public expense to be expert killers.
But never mind.
Dorner seemingly was law-abiding — until he wasn’t.
And that brings up a larger point: At minimum, he is another example of a so-called law-abiding, innocent gun owner who apparently went berserk and used his arsenal to kill people.
It makes such comments as this one recently uttered by National Rifle Assn. executive Wayne LaPierre look particularly inane and off target: “Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals.”
Does this guy even know if Dorner legally possessed his weapons? Was he an NRA member? There’s no evidence he was, but hey, why let that get in the way of your hatred for LaPierre?
The two most important steps Wintemute would take, he says, would be to prohibit alcohol abusers from owning guns and to confiscate the roughly 39,000 weapons currently possessed by about 20,000 Californians legally barred from holding them.
“It’s a huge gap in our current regulation,” Wintemute says of the liquor laxity. “There is solid evidence — it’s not a matter of dispute — that alcohol abuse is a risk factor for committing violence.”
So what’s next, mandatory daily Breathalyzer tests for gun owners? Where does the lunacy end? Reminder: No gun laws would have prevented Dorner for amassing an arsenal and turning it on the police. But these anti-gun nuts never seem to understand those motivated to kill will find a way.