It’s so predictable it’s tragic.
The sound of gunfire had barely faded in Jacksonville on Sunday before gun grabbers started up their own inevitable racket.
Led by some of the usual suspects – actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano, celebriteen David Hogg and the like – the anti-gun crowd wasted no time in using the deaths of two innocent people and a gunman’s suicide to attack the Second Amendment.
More normal people assumed there was some sort of deep mental health issue involved when 24-year-old David Katz shot two men to death and wounded 12 others at a video gaming tournament in Florida.
Details that have emerged since the shooting have proven that assumption correct. CNN had a detailed history of Katz’s mental problems in a story posted on Tuesday, but an “Inside Edition” exclusive report also from Tuesday makes it even clearer just how disturbed Katz was.
A letter Katz wrote by hand in 2009 when he was only 16 years old was found in the court file of Katz’s parents. In it, the teen wrote about how he felt about his mother.
“I hate her more than anything in the world,” he wrote, according to “Inside Edition.” “I hate everything about her.”
Of course, many American teenagers don’t particularly like their parents during those crucial years. There’s a natural conflict between a maturing young person and the parents who are charged with making sure their offspring grow up safely and decently.
But even a layman reading a note like that would suspect Katz had mental problems that were off the charts.
His problems even then were well known to those around him. The CNN report indicates that the when the parents engaged in their “acrimonious” divorce in 2006, one of their disagreements was how the boy should be treated for his mental illness.
“David would go days without bathing, would play video games until 4 a.m. on school nights, would walk around the house in circles,” one judge who heard the divorce case wrote, according to “Inside Edition.”
Naturally, the gun-grabbers didn’t dwell on that end of the crime. Initial reactions actually blamed Florida gun laws for Katz being armed, when he’d actually purchased his weapons in Maryland, one of the strictest gun control states in the country.
Here’s how Milano reacted to the shooting:
It’s happened again in Florida. At least 4 dead. At least 11 injured.
Florida’s primary elections are Tuesday. #Vote.
Honor these victims by voting for candidates that reject the @NRA.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 26, 2018
And here’s how the opportunistic David Hogg tried to spin it:
We need everyone to put 100% of their energy into
-volunteering on congressional campaigns
-registering new voters
-Voting on November 6th
The NRA wants you to waste your energy personally attacking their leaders so u don't focus on what actually matters.
Don't be fooled.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 26, 2018
But the reality is that this was a crime committed by a deeply troubled young man. It wasn’t a question of gun control, since he lived in a state where gun control is already pushed to the limit where it’s allowed by the Constitution.
There is mental illness in the world, and there are mentally ill people who will commit violent crimes if they can.
What is really important here is that the Jacksonville shooting took place in an alleged “gun free” zone, where the only one armed was a man too sick to control himself.
And the lesson there is obvious.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.