Libertarian: 355 Mass Shootings in Less Than a Year ‘Too Soon’ to Talk About Gun Control

How many mass shootings is mass shootings to talk about mass shootings? One libertarian says he'll let us know.

EMPTY HALLOW, CONNECTICUT — When he started his libertarian Facebook page, Brody Iacono tells us he was “first and foremost concerned with liberty” and one of the issues he considers most strongly related to liberty is that of firearm ownership. Iacono recently sat down with one of our reporters and explained why he thinks that even after there have been 355 mass shootings in under 340 days, it’s “too soon,” as he describes it, to talk about gun control.

“First of all,” Brody said with a finger raised, “can you show me any examples of gun control ever working?” When our reporter raised the issue of machine guns — or fully-automatic firearms — having been all but banned by way of the Firearms Act of 1934 that made it extremely difficult to obtain a government license to own an automatic weapon, Iacono blinked twice and said, “yeah, but you could still like source all the parts and make your own machine gun, so whatever.”

Next, Brody said that even though one could “easily be alarmed” by the fact that there have been more mass shootings than days in the year, “people should realize sometimes they consider things like domestic disputes mass shootings, just because there are multiple shooting victims.” Brody said “statistically it’s so rare to be in a mass shooting” that “people shouldn’t worry about them” except, he says, “to worry about them enough to become so paranoid about them that you buy tons of guns to make yourself feel safer.”

“Why can’t I have it both ways,” Brody asked, “why can’t I both state as fact that shooting deaths in general are so rare as to not worry about them, but also make you believe that the only way to protect yourself against one of these super rare events is by having more guns than the U.S. Army?” Mr. Brody went on to explain that the rarity or frequency of mass shootings “shouldn’t matter anyway because the Constitution.”

When asked if he thinks Americans should go back to having their doctors practice medicine the way they did when the Second Amendment was written, Brody called our reporter a “statist” and said “only liberals would try to rob me of my right to own every piece of weaponry I want for whatever reason I want.” Brody said he was “sick and tired of being called childish just because [he] demand[s]” everything he wants “and also demands [he] not have to show any responsibility” when he does get what he wants.

“The bottom line to me,” Iacono said, “is that until you can produce a study that shows me 100% of gun crime is resolved with gun laws, I think there should be no laws considering guns on the books. Just like how murder laws stop all murders and rape laws have made it so that rape almost never happens, legitimate rape anyway. Being a Men’s Rights Activist I also strongly believe that rape is mostly a made up problem in the heads of feminists, and not an under-reported nightmare of a crime like facts and reality would seem to dictate.”

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