So there is another mass shooting that you are not hearing anything about. The Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington, Washington disappeared from the headlines after about 72 hours. Why, because it did not further the narrative. The Shooter did not use an AR-15, he used a plinking rifle. He was mentally ill and had almost no motive for the shooting whatsoever. He was of middle eastern decent, though he had spent most his life in the US. He surrendered to the police and admitted to the killings. And, he was an active supporter for Hillary on Social Media. And, strangely, he is not yet as US citizen, but he voted in the last three election cycles. So he is a liberal, he is of middle eastern decent, he did not use an AR-15, and he is proof that Washington state has issues with voter fraud. That sounds like old news to me.
So, I started digging more into this event and came across two articles. KIRO 7 news out of Seattle, Washington takes the cake this week for the worst research and understanding on firearms. Author Ashli Blow digs into the question of how an assault weapons ban would or would not have prevented the shooting. Specifically, she wants to know if the ban proposed by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson would have prevented the shooting. You may remember Bob from my last article.
Here is the kicker. Ms. Blow actually thinks that the ban would have made the gun illegal. The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular rifles ever made. It is estimated that over 5 million have been sold since it first hit the market in 1964. The Rifle is chambered in .22 LR comes in at least 10 different variants from Ruger with numerous other companies making additional customized parts and accessories. But no matter the variant, it always accepts the same magazine design. The magazine well of every variant will accept the standard Ruger 10 round rotary magazine or the 25 round curved version. But Ms. Blow has about as much familiarity with firearms as the next journalist. She states that the ban proposed by AG Ferguson “would not ban the basic Ruger 10/22. However, the version of the Ruger 10/22 that police say Cetin used in in Cascade Mall shooting would be banned because it had a 25-round capacity” (Blow, 2016) (Emphasis from the author).
A removeable magazine has absolutely no impact on the function of a rifle. It did not magically upgrade the capability of the weapon, or the lethality of the bullet, just because you inserted a different magazine. Its basic concepts like this that demonstrate a lack of familiarity with firearms that makes it impossible to take most opinion writers seriously when they talk about the need for gun control. But then it gets even weirder. There is an Editor’s note stating that the article has been updated. As directly stated: “Editor’s note: This story has been updated. The gun with the 25-round magazine police said the Cascade Mall shooting suspect used would be banned under the Washington Attorney General’s proposed legislation.” (Original Emphasis). Now. They 25-round magazine would have been banned under the proposed magazine limit, but not the rifle. There is no difference in a Ruger 10/22 that accepts a 25-round magazine from one that accepts a 10-round magazine. KIRO 7 even made an update to the article and still got it wrong.
There is one common thread that links this with all other tragic events. Another mass shooting, another gun free zone. How many more gun free zones need ot be violated before people realize that these signs are defective? Good, upstanding citizens will leave their arms outside but those bend on evil and destruction will not. All it does is ensure the shooter has an environment rich with targets who will not fight back.
Blow, Ashli (2016) Would the Cascade Mall gun fall under proposed weapons ban? KIRO 7 News. Retrieved from: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/would-the-cascade-mall-gun-fall-under-proposed-weapons-ban/451062731
Hoft, Jim. (2016) Five People Shot Dead at Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA – A Gun-Free Zone – Shooter at Large. The Gateway Pundit. Retrieved from: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/09/four-people-shot-dead-cascade-mall-burlington-wa-gun-free-zone/
Ruger 10/22 Wikipedia Article (Don’t Judge me) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_10/22#References