Shooting rampage in D.C. problematic for gun control advocates

We will probably never know the motivation behind Alexis’ actions. Photo: AP

WAKE FOREST, N.C., September 17, 2013 The tragic and senseless incident in which an apparently lone gunman took the lives of more than a dozen persons yesterday at the Washington Navy Yard has caused many of us to stop and think about the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The advocates of more strict gun control legislation cannot look at this incident as Exhibit-A in support of restricting conceal carry permits by law abiding citizens. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t make the argument anyway.

Within hours of the shooting, Hollywood celebrity Henry Winkler (endeared to many Americans as “The Fonz” on the once popular TV series Happy Days) issued this statement on Twitter:

“ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other.”

As my wife would say: “Child, please.”

The Fonz could not be more wrong on this. First, Washington D.C. has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in America. If you want to take this a step further, consider the ultimate consequences of what happens to a country that disarms its citizens.

It has been speculated that the alleged shooter, former U.S. Navy veteran Aaron Alexis, may have gained access to the Navy Sea Systems Command via use of forged or fraudulently obtained identification.

Regardless of how he gained access to the upper level of the building for the purpose of targeting employees at that command, his actions were those of a deranged and sick individual.

We will probably never know the motivation behind Alexis’ actions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends impacted by this senseless and horrific story.   

Notwithstanding, we should not be disillusioned to think that more strict gun control will curb these incidents.

On the contrary, it takes power away from normal, law abiding citizens who (empowered by concealed carry liberties) could have brought this story to a less tragic conclusion.


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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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