(Tea Party PAC) – Our country is in the throes of a heated debate on gun control laws and the right to bear arms, a discussion that never seems to have any chill, but is instead a constant war back and forth between the left and the right.
The flames of this battle were stoked once again when two major mass shootings took place over a week ago in El Paso and Dayton, and it’s not relented since.
There have been quite a few developments that have come about since the Dayton shooting, one particular is that 24-year-old Ethan Kollie has been charged by federal authorities for buying the rifle used in the tragic shooting.
WHIO reported that Kollie allegedly purchased the parts for the rifle and then helped the Dayton gunman assemble them. Kollie then allegedly hid the firearms and accessories for the Dayton gunman.
FBI said that at this point there is no proof that Kollie knew the Dayton gunman was planning an attack.
FBI and ATF agents allegedly found accessories for smoking marijuana in Kollie’s house, leading to charges for checking “no” to drug use on federal background check Form 4473. The complaint against Kollie states, “When asked why he lied, Kollie stated he knew that if he told the truth about his drug use, he would not be allowed to purchase a firearm, so he lied and answered ‘no.”
The Associated Press reports police indicate there was nothing in the gunman’s history that would have prevented him from buying the gun and accessories on his own. Kollie allegedly purchased them and hid them in order to keep the gunman’s parents from discovering them.
At least the feds figured out this much. When the story was fresh, it seems the FBI couldn’t access shooter Connor Betts’s mobile phone, which really put a damper on the investigation.
In fact, the federal authorities stated that it might end up taking months or even years to retrieve the data on Betts’s mobile device, especially if the PIN used to secure it is between six and eight digits.
This is a problem that has apparently gone back to 2015 with the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino when the FBI sought to get Apple to assist them with gaining access to murderer Syed Farook’s iPhone. The company refused the request and appealed the court order.
The FBI then hacked into the phone themselves.
It’s understandable that a company wouldn’t want to supposedly violate the security of their product’s users. We all know how dangerous such a violation of privacy can actually be. This is what makes investigating crimes like this in the 21st century so difficult. You don’t want to set a precedent for violating someone’s rights, but you also want to keep people safe.
It’s a fine line, a balancing act on a high wire, and it’s not an enviable position to be in.
At the end of the day, there’s not any gun control laws that can be concocted that would’ve stopped this horrific shooting from taking place. Same goes for most of the mass shootings in America. The only way to slow them down is to violate the rights of law-abiding citizens and that is unacceptable.
Our Second Amendment exists for a reason, and that reason is to ensure that tyrants do not stomp all over our constitutional, God-given rights.