An attorney asked me to make a list of crimes apparently committed by the assailants at Columbine High School in Colorado. I drew up this generic list and I was surprised by how long it was. Feel free to include this info in any contact you might have with your local media.
Alan Korwin, author of Gun Laws of America, prepared this list of types of crimes committed during the high school attack in Colorado.
Assault with a deadly weapon
Assault and battery
Threatening and intimidating
Conspiracy to commit felony
Conspiracy to commit misdemeanor
Aiding and abetting
Providing firearm to minor
Providing handgun to minor
Possession of firearm by minor
Possession of handgun by minor
Possession of firearm by minor without federally required permission slip from parent or guardian
Possession of NFA weapon (sawed off shotgun)
Possession of explosives
Possession of explosives by minor
Possession of explosives with malicious intent
Making of explosives
Placing of explosives
Use of explosives
Concealed carry without permit
Gun on school grounds
Another gun on school grounds
Yet another gun on school grounds
Possession of ammunition on school grounds
Obtaining guns and ammo through bogus means
Discharging firearm in city limits
Disturbing the peace
Committing a hate crime
Multiple counts of all of the above
Multiple torts (harm suffered that is subject to civil lawsuits; Colorado prohibits lawyers from soliciting clients within 30 days of an injury, out-of-state lawyers are reportedly already calling relatives for potential clients.)
And of course, aggravating circumstances and anything a reasonable Colorado prosecutor could no doubt add to this list. For instance, Colorado law includes two to six years for the parents if they allowed the boys to possess a firearm, knowing of substantial felony risk.
In the rush to enact more laws, we perhaps overlook the fact that everything criminal about this heinous attack is already totally illegal. If you want to fix the laws, it helps to know what they are. We keep such information posted at our newly beefed-up website, gunlaws.com.
It is also critical to realize that 6,000 kids brought weapons to school in 1997 (according to the Dept. of Education), in complete violation of the federal Gun-Free School Zones law -- calling for at least five years in prison -- but the kids were just sent home. One of these was Kip Kinkle, who came back the next day to commit most of the crimes listed above.
Representatives in government are well aware that we barely enforce the perfectly good laws we have. So what, you must wonder, is their motive for instantly seeking more laws? What other agenda could they possibly have, using this tragedy to stir up support?
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Alan Korwin is the author of seven best-selling books on gun law,
including "Gun Laws of America--Every Federal Gun Law on the Books, with
Plain English Summaries," and state gun-law guides for AZ, CA, FL, TX,
VA. This paper is part of an ongoing series, click Position Papers on
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When you disarm your subjects
you offend them by showing that
either from cowardliness or lack of faith,
you distrust them; and either conclusion
will induce them to hate you.
Only the rulers should be armed.
IF YOU'VE GOT A GUN
YOU'RE NOT A CROOK
AND THE GUN'S NOT ILLEGAL,
THAT'S NOT A CRIME.
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and Leave Decent People Alone.
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