Dear Conservative,

By now, you have probably heard about the recent mass-shooting in Isla Vista, California.

First of all, I want to express my condolences to the victims and their families. This kind of senseless violence is absolutely deplorable and could shock everyone's conscience, regardless of political affiliation.

Unfortunately, the gun control advocates are at it again, arguing that if Federal and State gun control laws were just a little stricter, this tragedy could have been avoided. This couldn't be farther from the truth!

Elliot Rodger, the 22-year old son of a well-known Hollywood director, went on a shooting spree in Isla Vista, California. He killed a total of seven people during his rampage, all because he felt that girls didn't find him attractive and that he had been ostracized by society.

Actually, he lists a number of reasons for his rampage, but I don't want to be mistaken for justifying his spree, so I'll leave that reading to you if you want. There is a 141-page manifesto that the killer wrote and a justification video that he posted on line, but I won't link to either of them. He doesn't deserve the notoriety...

After driving through the California town and shooting indiscriminately out of the window of his BMW, Elliot Rodger did what almost all weak mass murderers do: he turned his gun on himself.

It didn't take long to get a statement from the shooter's family. Alan Shifman, the lawyer representing the family, announced that they were "staunchly against guns," support gun-control laws, and would devote the rest of their lives to stopping tragedies like this from happening again... In this press release, the family blamed the NRA and gun culture in America for allowing their son to arm himself.

Really? They are blaming the NRA because their liberal son bought three guns over a period of months and chose to indiscriminately shoot people? Is it just me, or does it seem like the family is blaming everyone except their own son?

Tell Congress to STOP vilifying law-abiding gun owners and punishing them for crimes committed by criminals!

Residents of California know how ridiculous it is to blame the state’s gun control laws. California's gun laws are the strictest in the nation and still, for a deranged and plotting teen who flew under the radar, they did nothing to stop him from arming himself. This shooting is a textbook example of how no amount of gun control laws can stop an individual hell-bent on causing harm to people.

It all started when the shooter's family called police because they suspected their son would do something to harm himself or others. This is a warning sign that many mass shooters never show. However, when the cops showed up to talk to the boy, he was able to talk his way out of the situation. The police could have confined him to a mental hospital for observation, but the boy was able to convince them that he posed no threat.

Elliot Rodger was also able to buy all three of his handguns legally, which in California is no easy task. A prospective gun owner has to jump through a number of hoops before they are allowed to take ownership of a gun, let alone three.

If Elliot Rodger bought his weapons from a gun store, which is likely, he would have had to submit to a thorough background check that ran his criminal history, mental health history, and even the applicant's fingerprints. This costs $25. Then, the gun buyer has to wait exactly ten days before he or she is allowed to actually take ownership of the firearm (providing they passed the background check). This operates under the assumption that waiting 10 days to take ownership of a pistol will stop “crimes of passion.”

California also has a law prohibiting the purchase of more than one handgun a month, meaning that Elliot Rodger's would have to have built his collection of handguns over a three month period.

California prohibits citizens from carrying a loaded gun on their person or in their car unless they demonstrate an impossible to meet "good cause." Elliot Rodger broke the law when he took loaded pistols into his car.

California and Isla Vista also have laws against indiscriminately discharging firearms into crowds of people. Elliot Rodger, like other violent criminals, disregarded this law.

At every step of the way, gun control laws failed to stop Elliot Rodger from committing these murders. Even if they were successful at stopping Rodger from arming himself, the fact the first few victims were actually stabbed to death shows that this type of hatred will always find a tool to commit the crime.

Gun control advocate are chomping at the bit to introduce a piece of legislation that would have “prevented” the shooting. But the entire premise of putting words on a piece of paper to deter deranged killers is ludicrous. Elliot Rodger broke a plethora of gun laws. Suggesting that one more would have made a difference is ridiculous.

The only reason you aren't seeing gun control advocates like Dianne Feinstein calling for more gun control measures is because this happened on a weekend. You can rest assured that come Monday morning, these Liberals will be out in force trying to take away YOUR Second Amendment rights because of the actions of a liberal, disturbed young man in Commiefornia.

It is absolutely imperative that we get ahead of the game and stop the next gun control push before it materializes. We cannot afford to play defense on this. The Left will take this horrible tragedy and seek to push more gun control laws that will only infringe on YOUR rights!

The media machines and gun control organizations are already gearing up to use this tragedy to push for more unconstitutional laws. We MUST push back! We MUST protect the Second Amendment from these treasonous attacks! And we MUST ensure that law abiding citizens are not blamed and punished for the crimes of deranged individuals!

Tell Congress to STOP vilifying law-abiding gun owners and punishing them for crimes committed by criminals!


Joe Otto

Conservative Daily