With gun control measures stalling in Congress, we have seen an uptick in shootings making the national news. So in as many days we have had two shootings that would normally cause the Leftists to cheer, but because the shooters are of the wrong skin color (i.e., POC), the stories probably won't stay on the front page for long.
First up we have two immigrants from Bangladesh, Farhan Towhid, 19, and his 21-year-old brother, Tanvir, who carried out murder-suicide pact that included killing their sister, parents and grandmother. Moreover, the suicide note left by Farhan indicated how easy it was for his brother to purchase the firearms because he simply lied on the forms. Presumably, Tanvir did not raise a red flag on the NICS check. Yet more proof that expanding background checks and requiring transfers to go through an FFL will not stop killers from getting firearms. My concern, with Farhan's focus on how easy it was to avoid gun control laws, is that this incident will be used to justify allowing the government access to our mental health records.
Next up is the shooting of two men near Ft. Detrick, MD, followed up by the shooter attempting to breach the gate to Ft. Detrick in a successful bid to take the room temperature challenge. The shooter has been identified as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet. There are no photos being published of the shooter, which tells us a lot about the shooter's ethnicity. That, plus the fact that the name may be Ethiopian, pretty much tells us that we have a POC shooter, which is also not in agreement with the current narrative. Woldesenbet used a rifle, but the type of rifle has not yet been identified. More information from Heavy.
In any event, it appears that the Left has given up on an "assault weapon" ban. Nicholas Kristof penned an op-ed for the New York Times a few days ago under the title, "How Do We Stop the Parade of Gun Deaths?" Discussing a petition by Michael R. Weisser to ban assault rifles, Kristof glumly writes:
I’m sympathetic to the aim, but also wary. I’m not sure it’s possible to get any gun legislation through Congress right now, and certainly not a ban on assault weapons. It’s also true that while liberals loved the assault weapons ban for the 10 years it was in effect, there is no strong evidence that it saved lives — but it did turn the AR-15 into a conservative icon, so that today there appear to be more AR and AK rifles in private hands than in the United States military. And most crime and deaths involve handguns, not rifles.
Kristof's suggestion is to focus on prohibiting "ghost guns" stating:
“Ghost guns have taken off, and they’re untraceable,” said Dr. Garen Wintemute, a gun violence expert at the University of California at Davis. Law enforcement agencies recovered about 10,000 ghost guns in 2019, and they account for 30 percent of all firearms taken in gun trafficking investigations in California. Ghost guns have been used in at least three mass shootings in California, Wintemute said.
White nationalists have seized upon the chance to build secret arsenals through ghost guns. Last year, a supporter of the extremist boogaloo movement allegedly used a ghost weapon to kill a law enforcement officer, and the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, also had ghost guns.
And so the orders are out and being reinforced daily that a new AWB is probably not in the cards and the focus of the gun grabbers needs to be focused on "ghost guns" which, by their nature, are going to be harder to track down and confiscate.