Gun control has proven over and over to be a failure. If it worked there wouldn't have been a shooting. Not only does Illinois have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, the individual in question was convicted of felony assault in 1995 for stabbing a woman. This means he was already a prohibited person and likely obtained the gun used illegally. A study conducted by the Department of Justice has determined that fewer than 1 in 50 prison inmates convicted of gun crimes purchased their guns through a licensed dealer, meaning that universal background checks would do nothing to stop gun crime. This of course will be ignored by lawmakers because their agenda doesn't revolve around safety, but disarming the citizenry.
After every shooting there is a developing narrative designed to reinforce the notion that more gun laws are needed. For instance, we often hear that the shooter was a normal everyday guy who no one suspected was capable of going off and committing such a crime. This creates the impression in gullible minds that their gun owning neighbor is also such a person. This narrative reinforces the idea that there is a need to confiscate someone's guns if there is any behavior that seems to be questionable. Another example is the one from the Church shooting in Texas. The shooter in that case was able to purchase his gun legally because the U.S. Air Force failed to report his name to the criminal database after being convicted of domestic violence. Like most other systematic failures, this is completely the government's fault; however, it reinforces in the public's mind the idea that our gun laws need to be revamped and more back ground checks are needed. This is all propaganda aimed at getting the general population to demand change.
The shooting in Illinois is no exception. There is a new narrative developing though and it is dangerous in the sense that it goes along with an executive action taken earlier in the year by President Trump, one that has divided the gun community to be honest. President Trump's bump stock ban is not fully understood for the danger it really presents to the second amendment. It is unconstitutional in the sense that the attorney general essentially re-defined the existing definition of the word machine gun in the 1968 gun control act to include devices like bump stocks, or anything which increases the rate of fire on a semi-automatic rifle. Machine guns are already illegal and are defined as one pull of the trigger for a continuous rate of fire. Bump stocks do not even achieve this as they only use the energy of the rifle's recoil to allow the trigger to be continuously pulled. The trigger, when using a bump stock is still being pulled every time a round is discharged.
Based on this article from CNN, it is safe to assume that laser sights will be next on the list of things to ban. Laser sights allow a shooter to acquire their targets more quickly enabling for more rapid fire. So, there you go. The CNN story describes the shooter as running down the hallway just shooting everybody with a pistol that had a green laser sight. This story is designed purposefully to create fear and possibly add laser sights to a growing list of things democrats want to ban.
The CNN article also described people in the factory running for their lives when they heard the shooting start. People panicking, not knowing what to do. In this writers humble opinion this is part of the problem. This nation was founded on the idea of being a warrior culture. A population trained in the use of arms standing ready in defense of their families, communities and nation. It was understood that firearms in the hands of good men were a necessity in the fight against evil. A relentless propaganda campaign waged by the left has changed all of that. The general public has been brainwashed to fear guns and the people that own them. If this keeps up and there isn't a massive re-education effort in defense of the second amendment we will soon be like Britain where people are reported to the police for buying hammers. This is the inevitable result of encouraging an atmosphere of fear and mistrust and banning guns. People still murder and no one can defend themselves and eventually something as innocent as buying a hammer becomes suspicious behavior.
Update: Reuters is now reporting that the shooter was able to purchase his firearm and obtain a permit legally despite being a convicted felon. According to Reuters, police are claiming that a criminal conviction in Mississippi would not necessarily prevent him from obtaining a gun permit in Illinois. This is a lie. Obviously, this is a developing narrative to justify the passing of universal background checks and eventually, a registration system.
Has there been an intentional effort to brainwash people into thinking differently about guns? Eric Holder can answer that.