In the moments after tragic news began to emanate out of Colorado on Monday, liberal politicians could be seen foaming at the mouth.
Ten people, including a police officer, were gunned down inside a grocery store in The Centennial State, and it took only a few hours for Democratic lawmakers to call for a major overhaul of the Second Amendment. This included President Joe Biden, who explicitly suggested bringing back an assault weapons ban.
This gun-blaming race to exploit the emotions of this event is offensive enough on its own, but now that the family of the shooter is suggesting that this may have been a case of mental illness, there is even less reason to start blaming our Constitutional right to carry firearms.
Ali Aliwi Alissa, 34, told The Daily Beast in a phone interview that his brother was paranoid, adding that in high school he would talk about “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” he said.
He said he was sure the shooting was “not at all a political statement, it’s mental illness.”
“The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school. He was like an outgoing kid, but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social,” the brother said.
There is no evidence to suggest that this attack would only have occurred in the presence of a weapon, as mentally disturbed and violent individuals often find any way that they can to express their vile desires, which is again why the focus being placed on gun reform in this case is so untidy.