September 14, 2006

Loser Control

A pathetic excuse for a human being named Kimbeer Vill shot 20 people at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada yesterday. One of those people later died as a result of her wounds, and six other remain in critical condition, two of them are barely clinging to life. I pray that the injured pull through and are able to get on with their lives with a minimum of physical pain and psychological trauma.

As for Gill, I hope he doesn't mind the smell of roasting meat in a fire that burns, but does not consume. I guess I'm not that compassionate a conservative.

Gill seems cut from the same cloth as his apparent idols, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the psychopathic killers of Columbine that were also into the gothic vampire loser fantasy world of real and imagined death that some people retreat into when they can't cope with reality.

Predictably, the debate about gun control is heating up in Canada, and I'm certain calls will ripple down across our northern border as well.

But this isn't an issue of gun control. This is an issue of loser control.


This is Kimbeer Vill. He is a caricature in many ways, the stereotypical Goth-loving, vampire wannabe with no friends and an anti-social attitude. He is, was, quite simply a loser, and he shot 20 people to prove just how much of a loser he could be.

The gun he carries in the photo above is the Beretta CX4 Storm. Ironically, the CX4 and similar designs were developed largely with the law enforcement community in mind, being developed as longer-ranged companions to police sidearms that still used the officer's pistol ammunition and magazines.

While I cannot claim to have a knowledge of Canadian firearms laws and will leave the details to those more familiar with their provisions, I do know that in the United States, gun dealers do have available to them a certain amount of "loser control" built into firearms laws. I know this firsthand, because one of the many hats I wear is as a part-time gun dealer working behind the gun counter of a sporting goods store.

Even if a potential firearms purchaser has all the appropriate documentation and is cleared by the BATF background check, I still have the right as the seller to deny a suspect purchaser a sale for any reason, or no reason at all.

Most reasons are concrete, but a lot of it is intuition and nuance that boil down to the fact that the dealer doesn't like the way a customer looks or acts or answers a question. It is de facto loser control, a latitude given to dealers to use their experience and judgement to weed out potentially dangerous people who we feel should not be armed.

There is or course no way to know if Kimbeer Vill displayed the kind of behavior that might have caused a dealer to have second thoughts, but as Vill had a penchant from dressing "Goth," in going for the vampire look, and according to what his blog reveals, for reveling in thoughts of death and dying, he seems like he would have been easy enough to red flag. Another dealer I know recently turned down a perspective purchaser based upon very similar reasons.

Gun control as policy very rarely if ever works, but loser control can be surprisingly effective.

It's too bad it was not more effective here.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 14, 2006 11:58 AM | TrackBack

Don't outlaw guns, Outlaw GOTH.

Posted by: Retired Navy at September 14, 2006 12:51 PM

Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

Posted by: jay at September 14, 2006 01:14 PM

Of course you ban the sale of assault rifle like the one he holds in the photo, conduct more in-depth background checks and a mandatory waiting period would probably help.

Posted by: SoWhat at September 14, 2006 02:00 PM
Of course you ban the sale of assault rifle like the one he holds in the photo, conduct more in-depth background checks and a mandatory waiting period would probably help.

(1) That firearm isn't in any way, shape, or form an assault rifle by any recognized definition;

(2) Assault rifles are already banned in Canada and heavily restricted in the United States;

(3) More intensive background checks cannot predict future behavior;

(4) Mandatory waiting periods have done nothing to deter or reduce crime.

Other than that, good points.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 14, 2006 02:38 PM

It's STILL all Bush's fault. Right, SoWhat?

Posted by: Retired Spy at September 14, 2006 02:52 PM

Notice how these emotionally disturbed individuals always attack a "Gun Free Zone". Notice they give shooting ranges, and Police barracks a miss; no wonder why.

Posted by: Tom TB at September 14, 2006 06:36 PM

more in-depth background checks and a mandatory waiting period would probably help.

Waiting periods are a proven crock. If the current FBI check doesn't flag you, I can't imagine what you have in mind.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 14, 2006 11:12 PM

So here comes the Lefty Slugs that want to blame everybody that owns a gun. I am a gun owner. We have laws, more than enough laws that govern gun ownership. The problem in they are not enforced. Guns are illegal in NYC, DC, two of the highest crime rates in the nation. Double digit murder rates. Punish the criminals not the honest gun owners. I don't understand why states don't adopt the law that was introduced by the NRA. Zero tolerance for anyone who commita a crime with a gun. Richmond, Va. had a terrible crime problem until they adopted that policy.

Posted by: Faithful Patriot at September 18, 2006 10:13 AM