On October 29, 1994, Francisco Martin Duran shot between 25 and 30 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle at the north face of the White House. Some law enforcement officers theorized that Duran–whose truck reportedly was adorned with anti-gun-control bumper stickers–may have been motivated by Clinton’s support for recent gun control legislation. However, in one of his December 1994 columns in Shotgun News, the NRA’s Neal Knox wonders aloud whether the attack was actually part of a conspiracy by gun control advocates to create a public demand for further gun control legislation.

From the “Neal Knox Report” in Shotgun News:

…The press and Handgun Control, Inc. are crowing that the White House shooting shows “how right” those politically threatened Congressmen were to ban so-called “assault weapons.”

Someone has said: “Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.”

In 1962, with Sen. Tom Dodd’s mail order gun ban beginning to move, President John F. Kennedy and a Dallas police officer were killed with mail-ordered guns.

The day the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on the Dodd bill, two votes were changed–and the bill came out–because Martin Luther King was murdered.

Two months later, the day the House was expected to kill the bill, Sen. Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. The bill became law.

…In January 1989, with model “assault weapon” legislation from HCI having been filed in several states, and with the California Attorney General already having asked police for evidence to support his planned “assault weapon” ban, Patrick Purdey killed five kids and wounded 31 on a Stockton, Calif. schoolyard, using an AK-47S.

…There have been many other such cases–as many as five within a year–each seeming to come at the best time for anti-gunners to pass legislation by dancing in fresh blood.

If the availability of military-style guns were the culprit, we would have been seeing such mass murders regularly throughout American history…

…Why have almost all the horrible incidents with those guns occurred within just the last ten years?

Is it possible that some of those incidents could have been created for the purpose of disarming the people of the free world? With drugs and evil intent, it’s possible.

Rampant paranoia on my part? Maybe. But there have been far too many coincidences to ignore.

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