The shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, on August 26, 2018, was a gun control failure the left is working hard to spin into calls for new gun restrictions.
Moreover, it was gun control failure at every level.
For example, the shooting occurred at a Madden Tournament at Jacksonville Landing, which is a gun-free zone. This means the exact location of the shooting had 100 percent gun control. Jacksonville Landing even bars concealed carry permit holders–individuals who have taken the time to go through background checks and licensing–from carrying guns on their persons for self-defense.
Secondly, Florida adopted nearly every gun control the left demanded following the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting, including gun confiscation orders. In addition to the orders, the Sunshine State raised the minimum purchase age for long guns to 21 and put waiting periods in place for long gun purchases.
Thirdly, the alleged gunman involved in Sunday’s shooting was from Baltimore, Maryland, where “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines are banned and where residents must acquire a “Handgun Qualification License” before being allowed to make a handgun purchase.
But none of the gun controls prevented the shooting. Instead, gun-free zones, confiscation orders, waiting periods, “assault weapons” bans, “high capacity” magazine bans, and handgun purchasing licenses were just water under the bridge as the left immediately set their sights on more gun control.
Activist David Hogg personified the left’s push by tweeting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), trying to shame him into more gun control:
How many mass shootings in your state will it take for you to do something?
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 26, 2018
The left cannot admit their gun control failed, and they are incapable of considering the option of allowing free people to be armed for self-defense. Instead, they restrict freedom under the guise of safety, and when their restrictions fail to deliver safety, they demand more restrictions.
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