Clinton C. Grainger, 22, of Snohomish, Washington, is arrested following the shooting of 3 people at a folk festival. See the little folksy pixie in the background?
The shooting of three people in any U.S. city on any day is nothing notable, really. It's routine.
What's interesting about this case is that the gentlemen arrested here is in fact a mental case with a perfectly legal license to carry a concealed weapon:
"He applied for a permit with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, and it was approved in January 2007 after a background check showed no disqualifying history, police said."
The forces for uncontrolled gun ownership will tell you that if the laws are enforced, the crazy people won't have guns. This turns out to be not true. This is what the Prosecting Attorney had to say, and he's not just any old lawyer off the curb, he's an expert in mental health and the law:
Under state and federal law, a mental health diagnosis by itself isn't enough to invalidate someone's right to firearms or a concealed weapon permit, said Eric Nelson, state assistant attorney general, who chaired a Washington state workgroup on mental health and firearms access after the Virginia Tech massacre last year.Tell that to the guy who was shot in the nose. CLICK