Gun control advocates were predictably up in arms after yesterday’s shooting rampage in California. There’s a problem with their outrage: the alleged shooter, Kevin Neal, was barred from possessing firearms.
Earlier this year, Neal was charged with stabbing one of his neighbors. He was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim and was barred from possessing firearms as a result. That didn’t stop him from allegedly killing his wife and neighbor before taking to the streets searching for random victims with three guns in his possession.
The 44-year-old allegedly shot 13 people, including 2 children.
What it means
There are two general avenues gun control advocates normally pursue: who can own firearms and which firearms should be legal. The “who” narrative is broken by stories like these because it’s clear this man should not have possessed firearms. The fact that he legally should not have possessed them goes against the notion that more restrictions are necessary. The people who are hurt by such laws are those who are more law-abiding. For criminals and the mentally ill, laws prohibiting them from possessing firearms do not prevent them from doing so.
Now, the narrative must shift to the weapons themselves. Considering there has been no news about the weapons, it’s possible he wasn’t using the “dreaded” AR-15 that has become the poster-gun for control advocates.
If laws can’t be enforced properly and adding more laws is futile, then what is the recourse for “gungrabbers?” We’ll see more as details in this story unfold.
Court records also show that Neal was charged with illegally firing a weapon and possessing an illegal assault rifle during the Jan. 31 incident. The 44-year-old was charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors.
Neal’s mother told the Associated Press she posted the $160,000 bail for him and had spent over $10,000 on lawyer’s fees. Neal had been involved in a long-running dispute with his neighbors, the woman said.
The mother — who spoke on the condition she be named only as Anne because she fears for her safety — said her son told her the neighbor was slightly cut after Neal grabbed a steak knife out of the hand of the neighbor who was threatening him with it.
An attorney who used to represent Neal told the Associated Press he was fired several weeks ago after his client began displaying “bizarre behavior.”