Sorry, Super Bowl party homicide is a gun issue
The Kansas City Star
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd felt compelled to inform the public that the most recent homicide to occur in his jurisdiction is not a Second Amendment issue.
The 34-year-old man charged with shooting a friend in the head while drunk at a Super Bowl party in Riverside is a felon and therefore could not legally possess a firearm, Zahnd noted in a news release.
“There has been a lot of politically charged discussion recently regarding gun rights. This case has nothing to do with that debate,” he said. “Personally, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. But virtually everyone agrees that only law-abiding citizens should safely and responsibly possess firearms.”
Well yes, we can certainly agree on that. But since Zahnd brought up the subject, I’ll note that the suspect being a felon gives the pro-gun side an easy out. He wasn’t supposed to have a gun, ergo this is not a gun issue.
By that logic, most of the homicides that take place every year in Kansas City should be excluded from the gun debate also, because the person charged with the crime typically has a felony record.
Of course, it’s not that simple. The ease with which guns can be bought and sold means we will never be able to ensure that only law-abiding, responsible citizens are able to purchase firearms.
I have no idea how the suspect here obtained his gun, but this senseless homicide in Riverside makes a strong case for universal background checks, including for weapons purchased at gun shows and private sales, with stringent penalties for sellers who skirt the requirement.