Was the (reportedly now dead) Mt. Rainier National Park shooter a prohibited person?

The latest reports are that the jerk who murdered a Park Ranger has likely been found dead. If so, good riddance.

But was he a prohibited person?

Having a restraining order on you is a Federal bar to possessing firearms. Will we find out that he was a prohibited possessor for other reasons as well?

The media is playing up the “Iraq War Vet” angle. We all know that there are (pardon my French here) assholes from every walk of life. I don’t have any sympathy for people who murder others. I don’t care if you have PTSD or if you ate too many Twinkies. Your personal issues are of no consequence when you pull out a gun and kill an innocent person. Unless
he is responsible for what he did or failed to do.
I suspect that we will find, when it’s all said and done, that even if he was not formally a prohibited person, he will have done enough things that he should have been had anyone bothered to report his activities to the proper authorities. This is the exact same issue as we find in the murder of japete’s sister. Everyone knew that the killer was out of his gourd, but no one bothered to say anything. Now we listen to the narcissistic sister of the actual victim whine about how the law needs to be changed so that she can feel good about her lack of appropriate response at the time. We will likely find that had anyone bothered to do what was right, this jerk would have been either in jail or in a rubber room somewhere.
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3 responses to “Was the (reportedly now dead) Mt. Rainier National Park shooter a prohibited person?

  1. You know, I wish these guys who feel like shooting someone then offing themselves would skip step #1, and go directly to step #2.

    I love how they’re playing up the “Iraqi War Veteran” angle as well, since they’re terrorists, dontcha know.

    And if I’m ever in the news, I hope they mention that I have “survivalist skills” as well.

  2. @JAG2955: You know, that’s why I could never be a mass killer. What could they say about me?

    “Once, about than 20 years ago he was a Paratrooper, but mostly he’s just a fat middle aged white dude.”

    It lacks a certain pizzaz. Maybe they would have to compensate by making up things. Not that they would EVER do that 😉

  3. This part of the article is what pissed me off.

    The shooting renewed debate about a federal law that made it legal for people to take loaded weapons into Mount Rainier. The 2010 law made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.

    Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks.

    He called Sunday’s fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today’s political climate.

    He apparently thinks that banning guns in a location creates a magical barrier that would have physically prevented someone on the run from the police from entering the park with his guns. The really infuriating part is that he thinks it’s appropriate to use this to push his political agenda before the victim’s body has even cooled. What an evil bastard.