Active killer murders four in Canada town, high school; President Obama silent
"This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." - President Barack Obama
In late January, a 17 year-old used a shotgun to shoot at least nine people in the remote northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche. Four are dead, including the attacker's two brothers, who he killed at home before going to the high school.
The description of the attack at the school was sadly familar:
As gun blasts thundered through the halls of the La Loche Community School last Friday, students and staff dove for cover — in classrooms, washrooms, offices and closets.
Others just froze.
“I didn’t know where to go, I felt so lost,” student Cayleen Jayden Park later recalled.
Staring down the barrel of a shotgun in the commons area, a school employee waited for the gunman to fire, thinking she could “outrace” the bullet.
She was wrong.
Shotgun pellets reportedly pierced her arm and stomach.
Amid screams of fleeing students, the suspect, described by his peers as “quiet and kind,” allegedly dared some people to tease him, while bypassing those who had been nice to him.
“No man, not you, bro,” the lanky teen is reported to have said.
At some point between his house and the school, the attacker allegedly sent a message to a chat group.
“im done with life,” it read.
“Why,” his friend Darius Piche replied.
“just killed 2 ppl. bout to shoot ip the school.”
But the murderer isn't done with life after all. Some 15 minutes after the first calls to police, an officer spotted the killer after entering the school and chased after him. He was soon apprehended, and is now charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
One thing that was different about this attack was the response from the media and President Barack Obama. In the immediate aftermath of similar attacks in the U.S. in 2015, the president practically ran to the microphone to claim that mass shootings never happen in other civilized countries, and he pointed to steps those countries have taken (i.e. gun control laws) that he believes will work here.
Obama has said absolutely nothing about this attack, of course, because his talking points, like the one below, don't apply:
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there’s some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.” - President Barack Obama, December 5, 2015
His psycophants in the media are equally silent on discussing firearms. Instead, the focus has been on whether the attacker had been bullied, and whether more government funding in the small native community would have made a difference.
President Obama often points to countries like Canada as examples of the "steps we could take" to prevent these types of attacks. So let's take a look at the steps Canada has taken.
The Wikipedia entry on gun politics in Canada begins with this: "Gun politics in Canada is largely about registration."
According to that website, Canada law contains:
- registration of handguns with records identifying the owner, the owner's address and the firearm
- mandatory licensing to own a firearm
- mandatory "universal" background checks to purchase any firearm
- mandatory safety course to purchase any firearm
- mandatory minimum waiting period of 28 days to purchase any firearm
- mandatory safe storage of firearms and ammunition
- controls on the selling of ammunition
- a ban on so-called "assault" weapons
- a ban on standard-capacity magazines for automatic firearms (ten rounds) and semi-automatic firearms (five rounds)
- a ban on replica firearms
- a ban on noise suppressors
- a ban on handguns with barrels shorter than 4.1 inches
- a ban on possession of firearms for those under 18 years of age (you know, like the La Loche killer)
- and much more
All the things Obama and his friends in gun ban extremist groups regularly advocate for here, Canada already has.
And four people are still dead.
And you can bet that the next time such an attack occurs here in America, Obama will once again run to the microphone to claim that this only happens in America, and it could all be over if we would just pass gun control laws like Canada's.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.