Biden gun control proposals didn't stop fatal mass shooting incident in New Mexico

May 16, 2023
Ben Marquis

There is no question that President Joe Biden is fully committed to his agenda to infringe upon the Second Amendment's guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms with a wide range of gun control measures that are ostensibly aimed at reducing gun violence generally and mass shootings in particular.

Yet, those efforts have been futile, as evidenced by a deadly mass shooting in New Mexico on Monday in which several people were injured and killed, according to Breitbart.

That is notable given that New Mexico has imposed on its citizens several of the gun control measures specifically touted by Biden, including so-called "universal background checks" and "extreme risk protection orders," also known as "red flag" laws that allow for firearms to be confiscated from gun owners prior to any crime being committed if that individual is viewed as a potential risk to others.

Random shooting at various targets in neighborhood

The Associated Press reported on Monday afternoon that at least three people were dead and several more were wounded following a mass shooting incident in Farmington, New Mexico.

Two of the wounded individuals were police officers, one from Farmington and the other from the state police, who had been hit in a shootout with the suspect that left the gunman dead.

According to USA Today, the mass shooting incident appeared to be completely random and not targeted at any specific individual or location, as the gunman reportedly wandered around a neighborhood and opened fire at various cars, homes, and people who happened to come into sight.

The incident began around 11 am local time and reportedly involved the use of three different weapons, including an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

The motive of the shooter remains unclear at this point, and investigators have asked the community for any information that may help establish the reasons why the gunman decided to randomly open fire at passing cars, people's homes, and individuals who were spotted outside in an area that stretched for about a quarter-mile.

Victims killed were all elderly women

Local ABC affiliate KOAT reported on Tuesday that the shooter had been identified as 18-year-old Beau Wilson, a senior at the local high school, who had legally purchased at least one of the weapons used in November 2022.

The police said that Wilson had fired at least 150 rounds during his rampage that began just prior to 11 am and ended roughly 10 minutes later when he was shot and killed by responding police officers.

The three victims that Wilson fatally shot were all elderly women who have been identified as Melody Ivie, 73, Gwendolyn Schofield, 97, and Shirley Viota, 79. It is unclear how many people were injured, but the San Juan Regional Medical Center said they had treated seven individuals, one of whom died while the six others were released, including the two police officers.

Biden's gun control proposals didn't stop the shooting from occurring

Ironically, just one day prior to that shooting in New Mexico, the Biden White House issued a "fact sheet" that essentially bragged of the great progress the president had made in taking action to reduce gun violence and mass shootings, particularly with regard to collaborating with state and local governments on "enhanced" background checks for under-21 gun purchasers.

The Democrat-led state of New Mexico is almost certainly one of those collaborative state governments, as the anti-Second Amendment Everytown for Gun Safety organization ranks that state as number 16 out of 50 in terms of the strength of its gun control laws.

Indeed, as is pertinent in this situation -- and as obviously failed to prevent the crime from occurring -- New Mexico has imposed universal background checks on all gun sales, including mandatory reporting of mental health records, and has an "extreme risk" law that allows for the court-ordered confiscation of guns from people who may pose a threat to others.

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