The left is jumping on the gun control bandwagon once again, following a shooting in rural Tennessee on Sept. 23. The attack took place at a Kroger grocery store near Memphis in the city of Collierville. It has left a dozen people with critical injuries and two dead, as of this writing.
A Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) team responded to the incident as rapidly as possible, combing through the store to find the attacker and saving civilians. The shooter was eventually discovered but he’d already killed himself.
People Hide from Gunman
People hid from the crazed gunman in any way possible, including in the meat freezer and different offices of the grocery store. The shooter’s name has not yet been revealed; although Kroger representative Kristal Howard confirmed to reporters that the shooter was not an employee of Kroger’s.
One of those killed was a local woman called Olivia King; her family said her violent death left them “devastated” and in need of prayers. So far this year, there have been 517 “mass shootings” in the US, the majority in inner city neighborhoods and carried out with handguns, many of them illegal.
Nonetheless, shootings like this are routinely used by the left to justify cracking down on legal gun ownership and restricting the 2A rights of law-abiding Americans. Generally, a mass shooting means one in which four or more people are killed.
BREAKING: At least one person dead and 13 injured in shooting at Kroger grocery store near Memphis, Tennessee officials say. The shooter has died of what officials say they believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. https://t.co/hbwFdcsbLO pic.twitter.com/3Illn8hMae
— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2021
Tennessee’s New Gun Law Being Blamed
Liberals are also blaming Tennessee’s new gun law which lets state residents above 21 carry a handgun without needing a special permit. It’s not yet clear which type of weapon was used in the Kroger shooting.
One witness has described the sound of the rounds as a “semi-auto rifle,” so that could well be the type of gun that was used. The shooter reportedly fired dozens of rounds and moved rapidly around the store, cornering employees and shooting them whenever possible, including shooting them from behind.
Tennessee just passed a law that lets anyone over 21 to carry a gun without any kind of permit or license and there was just a mass shooting in Collierville, TN.
Why are Republicans passing laws that enable domestic terrorists?!
Enough thoughts and w, we need action!
— Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸 (@BradBeauregardJ) September 23, 2021
The Bottom Line
The bottom line here is that grocery stores are soft targets. It’s hard to stop a psychopath with a gun unless you also have a gun. We’ve seen numerous examples of armed defenders taking down shooters, including in church shootings and that’s the best case scenario for what could have happened here.
SWAT responded as fast as they could, but they can’t be expected to pull off miracles. Moreover, a disturbed individual dedicated to killing innocent people is very difficult to stop unless you react right in the moment and are sufficiently trained.
If the left truly wants to stop these kind of senseless and horrific attacks, they should be encouraging responsible gun ownership and common sense around prosecuting criminals. The truth is that criminals are the problem, not guns.