While I devote thousands of words every month to the colossal failure that is Canada’s firearm prohibition orders system, keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals and domestic abusers isn’t a purely Canadian problem.
Case in point: 28-year-old Davante Doss from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Davante Doss is banned from possessing firearms until 2026 because of:
- a domestic violence injunction issued in October, 2016, and
- a conviction for felony bail jumping meant he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
These prohibition orders didn’t stop Davante Doss from illegally obtaining the rifle he used to murder 16-year-old Fabian Guzman.
Road Rage + Illegal Gun = Dead Teenager
On September 19th, the vehicle carrying Fabian Guzman sideswiped the vehicle driven by Davante Doss. Both vehicles pulled over and Doss grabbed a rifle out of his vehicle and fired ten rounds into the other car, killing Fabian Guzman.
Davante Doss now faces the following charges:
- first-degree reckless homicide
- use of a dangerous weapon
- possession of a firearm by a felon
- possession of a firearm contrary to injunction
How many of those bullets hit Fabian Guzman is not known, but does it really matter? This teenager is dead because an idiot with an illegal gun wanted “to scare them.”
Will the United States fix the flaws in their system that allowed Davante Doss to illegally obtain a firearm?
If Canada’s dedication to fixing our broken and failed firearm prohibition order system is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding “NO.”
And as a result of this inaction, more innocent people will die.
The question we must ask ourselves is this:
Why doesn’t anyone in government care about keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t possess them?
It’s a question no politician seems willing to answer… on either side of the border.
Because of this collective failure, today another family mourns the wholly preventable death of a young man with his whole life ahead of him.
And while those who are prohibited from possessing firearms continue to violate those orders with impunity, politicians continue their call for the confiscation of legally-owned firearms from licensed gun owners in Canada.
Are they really so obtuse that they can’t see the disconnect?
Or do they simply not give a damn?