Constitutional expert says, “No gun laws will ever stop a ‘crazed madman from killing.”
Santa Monica College’s recent spree shooting, in which the alleged killer is believed to have slain his father and brother, has just claimed a fifth victim:
Two days after a shooting spree shocked the affluent beachfront city of Santa Monica, the rampage claimed a fifth victim Sunday with the death of a woman who had been shot in an SUV.
“I am saddened to report that Marcela Franco passed away this morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center,” Santa Monica College President Chui Tsang said on the school’s website.
Tsang said Franco, 26, had registered to attend classes this summer. She was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by her father, school employee Carlos Franco, when both were shot. Her father died of his wounds Friday.
The heavily armed gunman, who was killed by police in the school library Friday, was identified by Police Sgt. Richard Lewis Sunday as John Zawahri, whose victims included his father and brother, according to the Associated Press.
One University of California – Los Angeles law professor emphasizes the role of mental illness in such tragedies:
Gun control laws will never prevent a “crazed madman” from going on a killing spree, prominent UCLA Professor of Constitutional Law Adam Winkler argued on Monday.
“I don’t think there’s any gun control law we can adopt that’s gonna stop a crazed madman from killing a lot of people,” he said, speaking on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.
Winkler was responding to a shooting that concluded at Santa Monica College last Friday and claimed five lives, including the life of the gunman.
The professor, and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, added that “if more people are armed, there’s likely to be someone who might stand up and defend themselves.”
Winkler did, however, contend that if the number of armed citizens increases, it would be more difficult for emergency responders to target the culprit.
UCLA law prof: No gun laws will ever stop a ‘crazed madman from killing’ (Campus Reform)