Another shooting, another law enforcement failure that gun control wouldn’t solve

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Once again we witnessed a high profile shooting that was not stopped by gun control, but could have been had law enforcement and prosecutors done their job.

A gunman in Colorado Springs killed five people and injured 18, and unsurprisingly, he was already on law enforcement’s radar. In June 2021, he allegedly threatened his mother with a pipe bomb. Neighbors were forced to evacuate their homes, and a bomb squad and crisis negotiators were brought in.

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And yet, according to Associated press, “there is no public record indicating that prosecutors pursued the kidnapping and threatening charges.” In Colorado, a first-degree kidnapping can carry a sentence of up to 24 years in prison, and a second-degree kidnapping can carry a sentence of up to eight years in prison. A conviction for a threatening crime can result in a sentence of one to three years.

Instead, the charges were dropped. The shooter was on the street with apparently no restrictions and no crimes on his record, which means it’s entirely possible the firearms he used in the shooting were purchased by him legally, as CNN said so. Even if they weren’t, however, that’s a moot point. The shooter should have been behind bars for a felony.

There is also no evidence that Colorado’s red flag law was ever used by the shooter’s family or law enforcement to remove firearms from his possession. Colorado has also had universal background checks in place since 2013, and a ban on “assault weapons” wouldn’t have done much considering the shooter was also armed with a handgun. Again, it seems that none of the Democratic Party’s favorite gun control ideas would have done anything to prevent this shooting.

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This was normal for the course. The 2021 shooting in Boulder, Colorado was also not prevented by the state’s Red Flag Act or other gun control policies. The Washington Post determined in 2015 that no mainstream gun control proposal would have prevented mass shootings, and a follow-up in 2022 came to essentially the same conclusion. As usual, we have red flags around ignored shooters and existing gun control laws that are failing or just plain ineffective. Once again, it was human error that allowed a shooter to slip through the cracks.

Perhaps if we focused our energy after the shootings on holding people accountable for their failures, as prosecutors seem to have failed last year, we would actually prevent shootings like the one in Colorado Springs. Instead, Democrats will complain about gun control for a week and move on to the next hot topic in the headlines, then lament and cringe that we’re “never doing anything” to stop these shootings.

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