there aughtta be a law

if only sane rational people didn’t legally own legal firearms

…Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza attempted to purchase a rifle earlier this week at a sporting goods store in Danbury, Conn…

And was denied.

I hate that this happened. I hate that it keeps happening, and I somehow (naively) keep hoping that it will never happen again. But if it does happen again, just once, let it be in an NRA office.

—some Lympian


  1. apotheosis
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:41 am |

    Hmm, wonder how they’ll spin this…

    “…well they saw his last name and denied him services because it sounded too ethnic. Buncha racists.”

  2. S2
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    There you go again, clouding a very important issue with facts.

  3. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:55 am |

    Finally saw a recent photo of the killer. If I was a gun dealer I would not have sold him a weapon of any kind, on accounta his “Thousand yard stare”….!

    Curious to find out why his mother bought weapons?

  4. S2
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:32 am |

    Plus, does his failed attempt to buy a weapon indicate premeditation?

  5. Hopefulone
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    Hey, ‘Lympian, how would it go for a shooter in an NRA office? I suspect that it would be over quickly.

  6. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm |

    They hate the NRA because they follow the rules.

  7. mech
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

    An idea that has been playing pong in the back of my head is something like: with the continued wussification of America and the the overabundance of unnecessary litigation in various areas, kids don’t have the skills to deal well with conflict and instead of steam being released at lower levels like we did as kids–play hard to work off energy, minor fights to settle things and move on ( I had a couple of fistfights in school and turned out somewhat okay. . .) as well as the ability to get bumped around and take a hit, we end up with ‘virtual bullying’ and characters who are bottled up till they explode in a big way.

    Also in a nation of 300million we’re doing okay overall, we just have too many for profit news makers competing over the same stories that makes the tragic look like the holocaust and Krakatoa rolled together. Then there is their agenda which spins the story away from real facts (and solutions).


  8. Posted December 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

    Dammit … they need to stop naming the killer and showing his face.

    Giving these retards posthumous infamy only encourages more copycats.

  9. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm |

    awfercyinoutloud …
    Attempting to acquire a firearm, if knowingly unqualified, is illegal.
    Purchasing a firearm for someone else is illegal.
    Taking a firearm onto school property is illegal [insert short list of minor exceptions].
    Harming children is illegal.
    Shooting at children is illegal.
    Murdering children is illegal.
    Disarming the law-abiding citizenry is un-friggin’-Constitutional.
    Establishing certified-victim zones is irresponsible.

    (What? Oh, right.)
    Carrying a weapon — if one is willing, capable, responsible, knowledgeable, and skilled — to defend oneself and others should be seen as the moral responsibility of free citizens.

  10. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

    They hate everybody who doesn’t agree.

    Nobody hates like the tolerant, diverse, left.

  11. Paul
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm |

    For him to be denied then he was in the system for some reason. Felony record? Declared insane? Why was he denied?

  12. mech
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

    ^ he was 20 yrs and the legal age to purchase/own a gun is 21.
    That may have been the first filter.

  13. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm |

    ^^mech (7) Thoughts? – take what you said in the first paragraph and add in video addiction to gratuitously violent yet unrealistic games and movies (resets, start overs, get killed and play again, nobody reloads, nobody is scared, electronic armor, force shields and other fantasy fixes and it becomes too easy to generate angry, impotent punks who use their fantasy coaching from their electronic lives to try for revenge on the oppressors, the vulnerable other.

  14. Spin
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 12:17 am |

    This guy committed four felonies before he took the first child’s life.

    Killed his mother – 1st or 2nd degree murder
    Stole her guns – Grand larceny
    Stole her car – Grand thief auto
    Brought guns to school zone with intent – pure EVIL!

  15. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

    The entire left is going upside down, in a foaming at the mouth lather, telling people that the NRA is responsible for the CT massacre. Some are advocating the murder of NRA officers and members. Communist Democratic politicians are calling for total gun bans. The usurper “President” is pretending to cry on national TV. The leftist media lie shows are full of raving lunatics, blaming everyone but the shooter.

    Do the stupid bastards think we will just hand over our guns?

  16. Paul
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm |

    Legal age to buy a rifle is 18, handgun 21. So he was rejected for some other reason than his age.

  17. Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:39 am |

    Any responsible gun dealer has the legal obligation to refuse to sell guns to anyone who strikes him as “hinky”. That’s in the law. Most gun dealers are indeed responsible and don’t want crazy people and criminals to buy their guns. There are plenty of sane, peacefull people to sell to. So unlike say birth control pills, a gun vendor isn’t required by law to sell to anyone who passes the BATFE on-line check.

  18. mech
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:51 am |

    This is an extreme case (well they all are) where after being denied by the gun shop, he bypassed the system, murdered his mother and took her guns to commit his crime.

    This is more of a mental health issue which I won’t approach.

    BTW, as far as I have heard, the scary black rifle was left in the car and the handguns were used for the murders.

    And an armed teacher or two might have reduced the number of deaths, too.

    What? Well who uses fire extinguishers on a daily basis?