Gilroy, a Gun, and Gibberish
Gilroy, a Gun, and Gibberish
On the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival two assailants cut through a security fence and with a blazing gun, started shooting. Three victims are deceased, 15 are injured, one gunman is dead, and a manhunt is underway for the other suspect. Of course, the gun grabbing pundits spout gibberish about “common sense gun control.”
The police neutralized one gunman in under a minute. The rapid response by Law Enforcement saved lives, and indicates they were well staffed for maximum protection. Good guys with guns stopped a bad guy with a gun.
A one minute response time wasn’t fast enough to beat the “We Demand Sensible Gun Laws” crowd from bombarding twitter in response to the incident. Moms Demand Action founder came in hot with her opinion ~
Pundits and anchors: Please don’t speculate about the possible causes of gun violence in America. It’s not mental illness. It’s not video games. It’s not polarization.
IT. IS. EASY. ACCESS. TO. GUNS.
The data is there. Please use it: https://t.co/iZQrSleARN
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 29, 2019
California has some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the country. So restrictive that ammunition purchase is regulated. Santa Clara County has one of the lowest Concealed Carry ratio’s in the state. 0.1 CCW issued per 1,000 residents. The grand total for a population of 1,956,597 is 113. “Easy access to guns” and California are not synonymous. But facts don’t stop the narrative of the true believers.
Or politicians who want to be President. Kamala “Day one-o-one I take your gun” Harris immediately jumped on Twitter with this gem of insight,
Grateful to first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy and keeping those injured by such senseless violence in my thoughts. My office is closely monitoring the situation. https://t.co/dXoEvP1cqB
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 29, 2019
Her restrained rambling is a far cry from her stump speeches,
“Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action,”
In fact, it looks like she’s trying to play the center ahead of the next debate.
There is no denying the fact that the events in Gilroy are horrific, and tragic. But they don’t rise to the level that requires complete overhaul of Second Amendment, or adding restrictive measures to people who lawfully own firearms. Name a single “sensible gun law” that would have prevented this event? Registration? No. Mental Health evaluation? Unlikely, but we will learn more about the assailant. “Gun Show loophole”? Excuse me while I laugh at that non-existent pathway to easy firearm ownership. Age restrictions? Already in place. Eliminate the mislabeled “Assault” Rifle? No.
Frankly, a scary looking Mossberg 590 shotgun is far more effective for maximum injury in a close-range crowded setting.
fighting shotguns, they are probably the most-effective personal firearm for close-range defense work. While it lacks the concealability and portability of the handgun or the range and accuracy of a rifle, the shotgun is nonetheless effective within its range.”
The odds of being killed by a person wielding a firearm are 1/315 … of being killed in a mass shooting, 1/11,125. Put down that smoked pulled pork sandwich because the odds of a heart attack (1/6) or cancer (1/7) are far more likely to kill you. But, a lifestyle and diet don’t raise the same alarm as a big scary “Automatic Rifle.” Sorry, I know “AR” is abbreviation for the ArmaLite Rifle, but I couldn’t resist going “Full Semi-Auto” with the annoying misnomer.
These assailants circumvented controlled entry points by cutting through a fence. Their intention was to gain entry and cause damage. No law or rule was going to hinder their goal to kill innocent people. They could have cut through the fence, and used any number of methods to inflict injury and death. We’ve seen it happen all over the world. Pipe bombs, IED’s, vehicles… recently in Japan a man wielding a knife killed two and injured 16. People with bad intentions will carry out those intentions regardless of restrictions.
Murder is illegal. Still happens. Drunk Driving, illegal. Kills over 10,000 people annually. One person every 48 minutes. Does the parent who answers the door to the teary eyed police officer feel the Drunk Driving induced loss of their child is any less painful than the one who was shot? No. Nobody is yelling that cars should be banned or restricted. Yes a license is required to buy one, but there is that pesky private seller loophole. No license required. The commonality to these tragic events is people. Despite the all time high of 1,429,247 abortions (1990), we have yet to eliminate the undeniably common thread to homicide.
It’s not cars. It’s not booze. It’s not guns.
It is us.
Everything else is a method of the crime. A tool used by a human to inflict harm to another human. Take away the gun and the tool is a knife. Take away the knife, and it’s a brick.
The events at Gilroy are undeniably horrific and painful, they are not a reason to restrict the rights of gun ownership. I’m not a gun nut, though I do like to shoot them. I’m a responsible gun owner, who places a priority on keeping my firearms out of the unsupervised hands of my kids. A responsible owner who had a certified Range Safety Officer, and a Retired Sheriff provide hands-on firearm experience for those kids. Kids who have their own gun range cards, after having passed the range safety class.
But as Marta Hernandez points out in her post about the misleading media, it’s going to be about guns. Not the human that used the gun as a tool of destruction. But the horrible gun that caused all the damage.
The shooter has been identified as Santino William Legan. Possibly 19 years old, of Italian and Iranian heritage. According to Heavy.com
Legan also shared his views that include fringe white supremacist book written in 1890. Called “…one of the most incendiary works ever to be published anywhere,” by a noted anarchist, Legan quoted from the book in a post accompanied by a Smokey the Bear sign about fire danger. He wrote: “Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?”
The White Supremacist angle seems preemptive in light of the attributed Instagram post referencing “Silicon Valley white twats.” White Supremacist types typically share a verbal vomit of propaganda imagery, and would likely capitalize the “W” in white.
Heavy relies on an Instagram page attributed to the shooter, and additionally cites that the Grandfather is a now deceased local politician.
Legan’s grandfather was Tom Legan, a West Point graduate who died in May of 2018. According to his obituary, The elder Legan served as a “captain in Korea as a Nuclear Weapons Officer and completed his military service in Germany. As a civilian, Tom was Western Regional Marketing Director for Kaiser Cement and was thereafter appointed and then elected as Santa Clara County Supervisor for two terms.”
In 1988, he was acquitted by a jury of the alleged rape of his eldest daughter. The Los Angeles Times reported that he was “found innocent Friday of three counts of molesting his elder daughter in 1982.” Legan was seeking re-election at the time.”
Update as more information becomes available.