Another Shooting, Another Example of Flaws in Gun Control
This time, it hit pretty close to home.
Just a 30-minute drive from our offices in Baltimore, Annapolis, Maryland, is famous for the Naval Academy, crab cakes, gorgeous views of the Chesapeake, and now, tragically, the nation's most recent high-profile mass shooting.
This time, however, two things were different.
The first was the killer's choice of weapon. No "black rifles," otherwise erroneously known as assault rifles or, more specifically, the AR-15.
The killer chose a pump-action shotgun, a weapon that is legal to own and possess in dozens of countries, as it is primarily a sporting weapon, designed to shoot ducks, geese, deer, and, most often of all, clay pigeons.
It's not semi-automatic, nor does it come equipped with a large-capacity magazine. You load this thing one round at a time and can only fire it as fast as you can operate the pump-actuated mechanism.
It's been around for more than a century and remains largely unchanged to this day.
Despite the decidedly "civilian" nature of the weapon, the 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, unlike the semi-automatic rifles used by killers in Parkland, Columbine, Aurora, and dozens of other high-profile mass shootings, actually is a weapon of war.
Variants with shortened barrels are and have been the close-quarters weapon of choice for armies and police forces alike, going back to the First World War.
A True Weapon of War
Nevertheless, it's not on any ban lists, has not been the subject of public outcry from gun prohibitionists, and, as mentioned earlier, can still be purchased in a number of nations with gun laws far, far stricter than our own.
Despite all this, it was used by a killer to great effect, as he killed five at the offices of the Baltimore Sun-owned Capital Gazette.
Jarrod Ramos was able to purchase this weapon despite the fact that he had a misdemeanor harassment charge on his record, an offense which carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail.
Maryland's gun laws, among the nation's strictest, failed in this case, putting a weapon whose effect is far more devastating at close range than any so-called assault rifle into the hands of a psychopath with a chip on his shoulder.
That was the first difference.
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The second difference between what happened in Annapolis on June 28th and the more famous massacres over the years is that the media has already all but forgotten it.
The number of victims, just five, clearly didn't cross the threshold the mainstream news requires for ongoing coverage, and since this weapon was a commonly available "sporting gun," there just isn't enough fuel for public outrage as there would be had he gone with a more sinister-looking firearm.
And yet the dead are dead; their families are in mourning; a community is in shock; people are terrified; and another small American city will never be the same again.
Crime Has Already Been Outlawed. Criminals Don't Seem to Care.
The solution, if you ask any gun prohibitionist, is to get rid of them all. Ban guns, repeal the Second Amendment, confiscate those out there — the over 300 million firearms Americans collectively own — and call it a day.
The task of cleaning our streets and homes of tools more common than lawnmowers isn't just nearly impossible; it could, quite easily, send this country into a civil war.
That is a risk many consider worth taking, right along with the liberties, property, and even lives of those who stand by their guns and the power, real or perceived, that those guns put into their hands.
This DEFCON-1 magnitude solution sounds great when being shouted into frenzied crowds by opportunistic politicians, but it's not going to get us anywhere.
What will get us somewhere immediately and without the cost of a potential war in the streets is simple, basic security measures.
Last week, when this shooting took place, the law was not able to distinguish between a simple hunting weapon and a tool of mass murder.
Nor was it able to tell the difference between a sane, responsible gun owner and a human time bomb waiting to go off.
But there is something designed to do just that.
Enough Talking and Screaming; It's Time for Practical Solutions
It's not a law or a policy but a technology, and unlike anything that came before it, it actually can and does catch killers before they're able to take their plans to completion.
I've been writing about this technology for months, but now, as the company behind it enters the final stages of product development, we will start seeing this technology installed and employed in public buildings and areas.
In case you've missed this story in my previous articles, here are just a few important facts:
It's a weapons detection technology capable of telling the difference between a harmless object and a gun, a knife, or a bomb.
Unlike metal detectors, this advanced sensor can pick up a variety of non-metallic chemical compounds, including explosives.
The sensors are mated to powerful artificial intelligence algorithms, which are now so refined that they can even identify specific gun types.
The sensing radius is large enough that entire areas can be continuously scanned, allowing for foot traffic to move through freely. Just imagine going through airport security without even knowing that you and your belongings have passed through the world's most effective security checkpoint.
These sensors are now being tested and their algorithms refined even further at a major American university.
Like I said, these are just a couple key facts about the technology.
Once the company begins its mass rollout, expected to take place by the end of the year, it will change the world as we know it.
To get the rest of the story, complete with the company name and a detailed explanation of how it all works, click here.
Fortune favors the bold,
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