Wrong Questions Asked About Fifth Third Bank Murders

What’s “strong” about Americans being helpless and having to wait for the police to come save them? (Fifth Third Bank/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “How could the man accused of fatally shooting three in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, a person who had a history of petty crime – and possible mental health issues – purchase a gun legally in Ohio?” USA Today asked breathlessly in a Friday hit piece on the right to keep and bear arms masked as straight news. “Omar Santa Perez, 29, fatally shot three people and injured two others before he was shot and killed by police officers Thursday morning at Fifth Third Bank's corporate headquarters on Fountain Square.”

The answer to the question — and contrary to the adage, there is such thing as a stupid one — is that “petty crimes” don’t warrant stripping a citizen of fundamental rights. And “possible mental health issues” do not a proven danger to self and others make.

Not that USA Today and parent corporation Gannett Publications wouldn’t like to see such tyranny imposed on all gun owners. They’re the ones that violated their own ethics policies and endangered gun owners by publishing permit holders’ names and addresses (followed up by hiring their own armed house guards).

They also approved of one of their “columnist’s” demands to:

  • Repeal the Second Amendment … Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.
  • Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal.
  • Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

Talk about “affect[ing] change for the good in the communities we serve, to make life better for the people who trust us to know them and do right by them”!

“No evidence has surfaced yet that would suggest Santa should have been barred from owning a gun under federal or state laws,” the paper ruefully admits on the Fifth Third murders. Then, after stumping for a mental health blanket dragnet to deny due process by imposing prior restraints on people who have not been convicted of anything, it makes another admission:

There's also no evidence so far that a “red flag” law would have helped in Cincinnati.

But that didn’t stop them from dragging in an unrelated distraction about “President Donald Trump roll[ing] back an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to report the names of people unable to manage their finances because of a mental health condition to NICS.”

“Santa's record includes multiple low-level offenses,” the “story” continues, unable to make a case that does not rely on conflation and innuendo. “If none of those crimes rose to the level of a felony, he would not have been barred from obtaining a gun.”

That law would “bar” felons from “obtaining a gun”? Really? Somebody ought to share that revelation with Chicago.

“This has to stop – we have to find a way to stop the gun violence in this country,” Fifth Third CEO Greg Carmichael asserted. “I don't have the answers, but we have to find a path forward.”

Here’s what he and what he and USA Today are not telling us. It’s codified in Fifth Third Bancorp’s “Code of Business Conduct & Ethics”:

You may not possess any type of weapon in Fifth Third’s facilities, at work-related functions or while performing Bancorp business of any kind. This does not apply to law enforcement officials and designated security personnel, or where preempted by applicable law.

It’s not limited to employees.

A look at Fifth Third history shows Carmichael really doesn’t have any answers. Neither do USA Today or all the other citizen disarmament zealots. That’s because the only real solution is an American ethos that encourages the right of the people to keep and bear arms and denies to the evil the one thing they can rely on to enable their “success”.


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Richard Davis
Richard Davis
1 year ago

Another murder(s) in a “gun free” zone; oh yeah, but the criminal didn’t obey the sign. One more reason I’ll never step into a 5\3rd bank. Within hours local politicians were on the radio saying “something’s got to be done”. Needless to say they weren’t Republicans.

circle8
circle8
1 year ago

When and what event caused the MAIN STREAM MEDIA to hate AMERICA? The morons who write most stories are UNABLE to tell the truth. The so-called reporters claim they are just reporting what has happened but with notable liars e.g. rather, jennings, brokaw, cronkite and the list goes on and on without end reporting endless lies how can we believe anything. They are allowed to say what they want with any “slant” they want without consequence. It is supposed to be reporting not opinion. I quit watching talking heads on TV because “I don’t cotton to lairs”. My wife has… Read more »

freewill
freewill
1 year ago

3 people died waiting for their protectors, the protectors shot a window out, who’s gonna pay for that?, an armed citizen could have stopped that attack without any damage to property

Alan
Alan
1 year ago

To hell with USA Today, and it’s “parent” company.

Jimmy James
Jimmy James
1 year ago

Are petty crimes the “gateway” to high crimes and acts of violence? I like the comment on petty bank. What business doesn’t want First in their name. Fifth Third is laughable! I have to work in a gun-free zone and have heard some employees have concealed at work. Shocking! Wish l had the balls to carry at work. But it’s not gun-free for customers who open carry. No sign on our door! Thanks David for another great article!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago

I would like to thank David Codrea and Ammoland for keeping us informed about who not to do business with.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago

quote: Fifth Third Bancorp’s “Code of Business Conduct & Ethics”: You may not possess any type of weapon in Fifth Third’s facilities, at work-related functions or while performing Bancorp business of any kind. This does not apply to law enforcement officials and designated security personnel, or where preempted by applicable law. It’s not limited to employees. Not that we really expect those suffering from the known mental disorder hoplophobia to be rational, but have these dweebs ever stopped to ponder the well known fact that most criminals prefer to leave no one behind at the scene that could possibly provide… Read more »

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
1 year ago

I’ve said it before but will continue to do so until they wake up (no dragging behind pickups necessary) – There Is No Such Thing As “Gun Violence” – since guns are inanimate objects, they are incapable of committing ‘violence’ – that is committed by people. That political rag ‘almost’ got it right with the (sort of) concept that crimes are indeed committed by people but then they doubled down in asserting that there ‘must’ be some way to identify those people ahead of time. Here’s a clue for them: “Minority Report” is FICTION.

Missouri Born
Missouri Born
1 year ago

When will these fools realize that criminals will not follow gun free zones or the signs that are posted,after all they are criminals.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 year ago
Reply to  Missouri Born

They will never realize it. “They” are liberals, socialists, Marxists, Nazis… in other words, mentally retarded.

John
John
1 year ago

How about we put all the liberals that made the no gun policy at Fifth Third Bank’s corporate headquarters behind a vehicle and drag them until they concede that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.

Hoplite
Hoplite
1 year ago

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner???? Really, what happened to Paul RyanO??

JDL
JDL
1 year ago
Reply to  Hoplite

Statement was made by paper prior to Ryan.

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

I have one never-ending comment to events like the one referenced. WRITE THE PRECISE LANGUAGE THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS EVENT. Include in your chosen formula language to prevent numerically lesser killings such as those which occur regularly in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, etc. Remember peskiness like the 2nd Amendment and the Heller case.

DamDoc
DamDoc
1 year ago

John boehner? He has been gone for years… what dopes.. paul Ryan maybe?… what can you expect from the brain dead uninformed…