On Friday morning, 45-year-old Gary Martin showed up at Henry Pratt Co. where he worked. It appears that he was being told that he was being fired, after working there for 15 years. He worked as an assembler in the plant. During the meeting where he was being terminated, he apparently had a firearm with him, and he pulled it out and began shooting. Then he walked through the plant, shooting at other workers.
Police were called and engaged Martin, which resulted in Martin being shot and killed, thus ending the shooting spree. By that time, five people had been shot and killed and five police officers were wounded.
Martin’s mother says that he was ‘way too stressed out’ which probably caused him to snap.
Before the sun set on Friday, Democrats had begun their ritualistic anti-gun mantra, calling for stricter gun control laws and even the banning of some or all firearms from private ownership.
What Democrats are NOT saying or pointing out is that Martin’s mass shooting took place in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Aurora lies within four counties – DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will. It is the second largest city in Illinois with a population over 200,000.
Illinois has some pretty strict gun control laws. To legally own a firearm in the state, a person must apply for a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card issued by the Illinois State Police. Before issuing a FOID card, the state police conduct a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) maintained and operated by the FBI. Even though state law specifies that the state police deny or issue a FOID card within 30 days of the application, the process often takes up to 60 days or longer due to a backlog of applications. Once issued, FOID cards are valid for 10 years unless otherwise revoked for various reasons prior to the 10-year expiration.
To purchase a firearm in Illinois, the seller must verify the validity of the buyer’s FOID card. This process is known as the Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program (FTIP). If the FOID card passes the FTIP check, the buyer must wait 24 hours before taking possession of the purchased rifle or shotgun and 72 hours for a handgun.
Authorities have yet to say where Martin obtained his gun or how he was able to carry it with him at work, but one has to wonder how he managed to obtain a FOID card, if he had one. According to one report:
“Court records show that Martin was convicted of stabbing a woman in Mississippi in 1994.”
“In 2000, records show, he was cited in Aurora for illegally altering the speakers in his car and for “’squealing or screeching tires’.”
“His landlord sued him in 2002, and a Kane County judge entered an order of possession against him.”
In the Mississippi case, Martin was convicted of felony aggravated assault and was sentenced to prison. That alone should have prevented Martin from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm in Illinois, which means that their strict gun control system didn’t stop Martin from possessing the handgun he used. Actually, it’s been reported that since Martin was a convicted felon, he was not legally allowed to possess a firearm in Illinois, but in spite of the state’s gun control laws, he had a gun.
Don’t forget that nearby Chicago, has even stricter gun control laws as does Cook County, the county encompassing most of Chicago, and yet, Chicago still has one of the highest gun violence rates in all of America.
The problem isn’t guns or lack of gun control, but a complete breakdown of the moral foundation of the people in our country. They are taught there is no God and they are just products of evolution which thrives by survival of the fittest, so naturally, we are seeing how so many are living out what they are taught.
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