Wisconsin shooting brings call for new law on guns
MILWAUKEE — Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa.
Radcliffe Haughton, 45, bought a handgun just two days after his beleaguered wife obtained a restraining order against him. He used that weapon to kill her and two other women Sunday at the salon where she worked, before fatally shooting himself.Right. Because another law would make it double illegal for him to have owned the gun. Why stop at one more law? Why not two, and make it triple illegal? Ten? Fifty? Gun control failed here, rather spectacularly. [EDITED] The restraining order
We had a rather spectacular case right here in Massachusetts about a dozen years ago. One Michael "Mucko" McDermott shot up Edgewater Technologies, killing seven of his co-workers. Given that he lived in the town next to me when this happened, I took a rather close interest in the case. He had lived in NH, and had purchased the weapons there, but failed to secure a MA permit when he moved back in the state. He held an expired FID card at the time of the shooting; however even that would only have allowed him to own one of the three guns used.
Gun. Control. Failed.
The thing with gun control is that it needs to be applied fairly, evenly, and universally and it needs to be followed through. If you pass a law saying that "Doing [X] With a Firearm" is illegal, then you need to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate every single person you find doing [X] with a firearm. You can't only punish the minorities, or the poor, or the guy who teased you in second grade. You need to punish everyone. If you pass a law that says "having a restraining order filed against you means you cannot own firearms", then there needs to be a system in place to prevent those with restraining orders from getting firearms.
This didn't happen in Wisconsin, and three people died because of it. That doesn't mean we need more gun control; what it means is that the existing gun control we already have has to be enforced. You couldn't pay me enough to switch places with the person that sold Haughton the firearm right now - they are in for a world of legal and civil hurt. For those in states that have no prohibition against private sales, it behooves you to check up on any potential private sale you make lest you sell to the next mass shooter.
Don't punish the law-abiding for the systematic failure of gun control.
That is all.