When 8th grader Jaime Gonzalez walked into his Brownsville, TX classroom with a weapon in his waistband and punched a fellow student in the face, his behavior was by all accounts far out of character. Until that moment, he was apparently widely regarded as a well-behaved, pleasant and promising young man.
On that fateful day, though, his behavior resulted in a frantic call to the police, who arrived at the school to find him ready and waiting for them, weapon in hand. As it turns out, that weapon was a .177 caliber, CO2-powered pellet gun–capable of inflicting serious injury, certainly, but far less so than the Glock 9mm pistol it closely resembles. In such a situation, police have little choice but to take the apparent threat very seriously. When he refused to put the gun down, they had to neutralize the threat, and now 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez is dead.
We may never know what drove him to commit what appears to be “suicide by cop” (he was quoted as having said during the brief stand-off that he was willing to die). What we can count on is the cynical, shameful exploitation of this tragedy in furtherance of the “gun control” agenda–although in this case, the blood dancers are reduced to “pellet gun control.” From CBS News:
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Brownsville shooting appears to be another in a series of incidents that might have been prevented if pellet and BB guns looked different from other weapons.
“Nobody can give me a legitimate downside to this,” said Beck, who testified in support of the failed California legislation. “Does it hurt the sport? No. For me, this is just another way to keep folks safer.”
The “failed California legislation” to which that article refers is a bill from last year that would have required BB and pellet guns to be entirely brightly colored (thus looking much like these real guns–unless we also ban paint, as New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has done, and the Brady Campaign would apparently like). Beck has a long, sordid history of advocacy for oppressive gun laws. National Gun Rights Examiner Dan notes some examples:
And the guy whose desk the buck stops at, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck:
- is a darling of the Brady Campaign, who says “anyone…who wants to limit the number of guns and their availability in our society is my partner.”
- pretends “buying back” (a misnomer in itself) guns from the general community will reduce criminal violence.
- thinks you can’t be trusted with normal capacity magazines.
- is against open carry.
- is against concealed carry.
- doesn’t even trust you with a BB gun (or, more accurately, doesn’t have confidence his men won’t shoot you for having one).
We have also noted that Beck wants to bar possession by non-“Only Ones” of body armor:
There is an absolute need for a ban on these types of body armor for anyone other than law enforcement personnel or law enforcement related personnel.
Get that? An “absolute need” for private citizens to be perforated by any bullets Beck’s minions send their way (ironically, the famous police motto “To Protect and Serve” originated with the LA Police Academy, and then the LAPD).
Again, we may never be able to adequately understand what combination of factors led Jaime Gonzalez to his tragic, untimely death. We do know that to realize Charlie Beck’s dream of making realistic looking fake firearms unavailable, we would have to ban soap and shoe polish/ink/etc.