Monday, November 30, 2009

Irony--and 13 People at Fort Hood--Is Dead

As reported by BuzzFlash, today, the alleged Ft. Hood killer bought the alleged murder weapon and the alleged murder bullets at "Guns Galore" in Killeen (No, REALLY! You can't make this shit up), TX, USA. KILLeen, Texas? Sad that Kurt Vonnegut didn't live, to let us have his wit with which to appreciate the poignancy.
Did you know that the shooter at Fort Hood did not use an army issued gun? No, he bought his weapon legally at a firearms store with the name of "Guns Galore":
Law enforcement officials say a 5.7-millimeter pistol used in the Fort Hood shooting rampage was purchased legally at a Texas gun store.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

Records indicate Hasan bought the FN 5.7 at store called “Guns Galore” in Killeen, Texas, well before the attack that left 13 people dead. The pistol has been dubbed a “cop killer” by those who have tried to stop its use.

The most powerful type of ammunition for the gun is available only to law enforcement and military personnel. Gun control advocates call it a “cop killer” weapon because that ammo can pierce bulletproof vests, and its use by Mexican drug cartels worries police.
There's no apparent evidence that the alleged shooter used the alleged 'cop-killer' rounds, afaik. But a bigger point could be that, if the Ft. Hood shootings are an "act of terror"--as the demagogues on the right would have us believe, to further justify their anti-Muslim crusades--then perhaps it would behoove us to pay much more attention to the sale and copmmerce in these weapons than we are doing now, if it was so easy for an alleged "domestic terrorist" to acquire his weapons.

Which would--or at least should--entail making it more difficult for just anybody to walk in off the street and purchase such weapons? To become MORE strict in regulating access, rather than less, to require MORE in the way of information about gun purchasers rather than less? You'd think anyone really worried about 'domestic terrorism' would be supportive measures, wouldn't you?

Or am I missing something?


Mr. Pelican said...

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

linkee fail, bro...