Immediately following reports of the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard, gun control advocates began calling for restrictions on firearms including a ban on the AR-15. However, it now appears that the shooter never used the rifle during his rampage.
Only hours after the shooting, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a statement calling on Congress to enact a series of gun control laws she has long supported which included a ban on “assault weapons” such as the AR-15.
“This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time,” Feinstein said. “When will enough be enough? Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.”
However, as authorities have continued their investigation it now appears as if Feinstein’s boogey man AR-15 was not used at all in this particular shooting. Authorities are now saying indications are that the only weapon the shooter brought with him was a shotgun. He apparently used the shotgun and handguns that he may have gotten from security guards.
The shotgun used by the shooter is the preferred weapon of choice for Vice-President Joe Biden who has recommended that a person use them for self-protection and if they feel threatened to just fire it through the door.
Feinstein was not the only gun control supporter who was quick to use the situation to advance her agenda. Henry Winkler, the “Fonz” of Happy Days fame quickly said on Twitter, “ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control. Because that’s how we roll until we have all shot each other.”
CNN commentator David Frum immediately jumped in listing what he called was a series of rules for Second Amendment supporters. Among the comments:
“Rule 5: Gun ownership is essential to freedom, as in Serbia & Guatemala. Gun restrictions lead to tyranny, as in Australia & Canada.”
He also contributed, “Any attempt to stop mass casualty shootings is ‘political.’ Allowing them to continue is ‘non-political,’ and, “It is ‘ghoulish’ to suggest in any way that the easy availability of guns might in any way enable gun slaughter.”
However, it has been noted that the military base was a gun free zone just like the location of all other mass shootings.