Well, with the death of Jacob Robida, the Massachusetts who injured three people in a New Bedford, Massachusetts gay bar, then killed a woman and a cop in Arkansas, has died from acute lead poisoning, I heave a hearty sigh of relief. But the repercussions of this little shit’s hissy-fit will reverberate for some time to come.
One that’s particularly easy to predict is that the Massachusetts legislature will use it to pass even more gun-control laws. After all, whenever given the opportunity, you can count on that bunch to act in the most stupid, most tyrannical, most greedy fashion possible when given half a chance.
It’s not been stated yet, but I’m willing to bet serious money that Robida’s possession of the gun he used in Puzzles was already illegal. He was 18, with a spotty record — and I’m certain his local police chief would have refused him a permit.
On the other hand, had the bartender or another employee been armed, there’s a chance that Robida’s spree would have ended there, with only one dead — Robida himself. An innocent cop and a maybe-innocent woman would still be alive today.
But that doesn’t matter to Massachusetts’ lawmakers. This was a GUN crime, so all GUNS must be punished. Never mind that all the prior laws they passed didn’t keep Robida from getting his hand on one — we must make sure even more law-abiding people can’t have guns. Because, after all, self-defense is SO 20th Century.
I’d love to be wrong on this. I’d welcome signs of sanity in my neighbor to the south. But I don’t think it’s gonna happen this time. The gun-grabbers have too many tempting elements here — victimized gays, a dead police officer, a clear hate crime, and for god’s sake a genuine psycho neo-Nazi. I’m sure they’re already salivating, Pavlov-like, while they craft their new measures designed to “keep another horrible incident like this from ever happening again.”