It was illegal for Devin Patrick Kelley to own a firearm

Dear Gungrabbers: It was illegal for Devin Patrick Kelley to own a firearm

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Dear Gungrabbers: It was illegal for Devin Patrick Kelley to own a firearm

Gun con­trol fanat­ics are already out en masse call­ing for “com­mon sense gun con­trol.” This is the play­book and the gun­grab­bers exe­cute this par­tic­u­larly play flaw­lessly every time there’s a shoot­ing. One impor­tant omis­sion in the way the play is struc­tured is to check out the facts before exe­cut­ing the play. They know that if they do, their nar­ra­tive falls apart.

This is the case with the Texas church shoot­ing as over two dozen peo­ple were gunned down while wor­ship­ing. The calls for gun con­trol were instant and often offen­sive. Some celebri­ties and left­ist pun­dits had the gall to call out those Tweet­ing about prayers since it hap­pened in a church.

Here’s the prob­lem. They can be as loud as they want about how a lack of gun con­trol laws is the rea­son for this tragic crime, but they’re skip­ping one impor­tant detail. Devin Patrick Kel­ley was dis­hon­or­ably dis­charged fol­low­ing his court-​martial in 2014. He was not allowed to own a firearm based upon the cur­rent gun laws.

The dis­hon­or­able dis­charge is based on a gen­eral court-​martial con­vic­tion. This means the con­vic­tion is a felony, regard­less of what the under­ly­ing offense may have been. The con­victed felon is banned from pos­sess­ing a firearm.

What gun­grab­bers fail to grasp is that the exis­tence of laws pre­vent­ing own­er­ship of guns has been demon­strated time and time again to be inef­fec­tive at keep­ing guns out of the hands of bad guys. Law abid­ing cit­i­zens are affected, but crim­i­nals who want to use firearms aren’t hin­dered. The fact that it was ille­gal for Devin Patrick Kel­ley to own a firearm did not stop him. We need bet­ter enforce­ment, not more laws.

We don’t need more “com­mon sense gun laws.” We need more com­mon sense so gun­grab­bers can see the real root cause of prob­lems. Their pro­posed solu­tions won’t work.

Gun control fanatics are already out en masse calling for “common sense gun control.” This is the playbook and the gungrabbers execute this particularly play flawlessly every time there’s a shooting. One important omission in the way the play is structured is to check out the facts before executing the play. They know that if they do, their narrative falls apart.

This is the case with the Texas church shooting as over two dozen people were gunned down while worshiping. The calls for gun control were instant and often offensive. Some celebrities and leftist pundits had the gall to call out those Tweeting about prayers since it happened in a church.

Here’s the problem. They can be as loud as they want about how a lack of gun control laws is the reason for this tragic crime, but they’re skipping one important detail. Devin Patrick Kelley was dishonorably discharged following his court-martial in 2014. He was not allowed to own a firearm based upon the current gun laws.

The dishonorable discharge is based on a general court-martial conviction. This means the conviction is a felony, regardless of what the underlying offense may have been. The convicted felon is banned from possessing a firearm.

What gungrabbers fail to grasp is that the existence of laws preventing ownership of guns has been demonstrated time and time again to be ineffective at keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys. Law abiding citizens are affected, but criminals who want to use firearms aren’t hindered. The fact that it was illegal for Devin Patrick Kelley to own a firearm did not stop him. We need better enforcement, not more laws.

We don’t need more “common sense gun laws.” We need more common sense so gungrabbers can see the real root cause of problems. Their proposed solutions won’t work.