In the Wake of the Navy Yard Tragedy, Liberals Are Already Starting to Point Fingers and Call For Gun Control

A day has passed since former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis shot and killed at least 12 people in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and was killed by police in an exchange of gunfire. The motive behind the killing and where Alexis obtained the guns used in the murder spree hasn't been revealed to the public and already the liberal pundits are calling for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy.

According to authorities, Alexis had three weapons with him: a shotgun, a pistol and an AR-15 rifle. Law enforcement officials don't know whether all three guns belonged to the shooter or whether he lifted one or more of the weapons off one of the people he shot and killed.

What we think we know at this point is that Alexis is a man with a troubled background and has allegedly been in trouble for discharging firearms recklessly in the past. Alexis was arrested in Fort Worth for discharging a firearm through the ceiling of his apartment and into a neighbor's apartment whom he had recently gotten into a confrontation with. He'd also been arrested for shooting out the tires of a construction workers vehicle in what he told police was an "anger-fueled blackout."

Shortly after news of the tragedy made it to the general public, liberals everywhere began calling for more gun control. Henry Winkler, whom most will recognize as the Fonz from Happy Days, was one of the first to rush to Twitter, where he had this to say:

This faded star obviously doesn't realize gun control is alive and well on military bases across the United States and those on the base were largely unarmed and unable to defend themselves. More gun control in this case wouldn't have stopped the tragedy; it allowed the gunman to go on a rampage until armed police arrived and were able to stop him.

Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays Alexis Davis on daytime soap opera General Hospital, had this to say on Twitter:

Comparing your anger about gun control with your anger about not getting to see a man with his shirt off doesn't really do much to help you plead your case. This just shows how far out of touch some celebrities are with reality.

Gun-grabbing Senator Diane Feinstein didn't wait long to start calling for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy. She had this to say about the killings and why we need more gun control:

"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. 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."

In response to her statement, I ask this. What law or laws has she, or any of the  gun-grabbers in the Senate, for that matter, proposed that would keep firearms out of the hands of people like the Navy Yard shooter? She's calling for restricting the rights of all American citizens because a select few use guns to kill.

President Obama, never one to pass up a chance to push restrictive gun control laws, had this to say about the Naval Yard shooting:

"Obviously, we're going to be investigation thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened, and do everything we can to try to prevent them."

That loosely translates to "I'm looking at the tragedy and am deciding what restrictive laws I can push down the pipe as a result."

Now, I keep hearing politicians mention common sense gun control laws and how the people want them. Here's something that's common sense. By early accounts, the gunman accused of orchestrating the shootings was an unstable man with multiple cases in which he'd previously recklessly discharged a firearm. If it turns out he legally obtained the guns used in the killings, and that's a big "if" at this point, then politicians should look at the laws that allowed him to legally obtain and/or keep the firearms used in the killings. He should not have been allowed to retain ownership or own guns again after the two previous gun-related incidents on record.

Here's something for those of you in favor of restrictive new gun laws to mull over. Criminals are criminals because they break the law. Carrying loaded weapons into public places and discharging them at people is illegal no matter where you live in the United States. Murder is illegal in every jurisdiction across the country. The laws that are in place don't deter criminals from committing crimes with guns. New laws aren't going to stop criminals from obtaining guns and killing people with them either. All they're going to do is prevent legal gun owners from defending themselves.