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.

  • 15 thoughts on “Wrong Questions Asked About Fifth Third Bank Murders

    1. 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.

    2. 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 even recorded ABC,CBS and NBC news broadcasts to compare each stations version of the nightly news. They have distorted the FACTS to the extent their laughable. They can not even agree on the death toll or damage due to a disaster. Sometimes they can not even agree on the correct city. They are so anxious to REPORT SOMETHING nothing else matters. None of the reporters are smart enough to FACT CHECK before they open their mouths. It has been 17 years since 9/11 but if you remember that day the various news agencies reported every rumor as the truth. The public did not know if half of NYC was dead and they could not decide if the planes were single engine piper cubs or the space shuttles. I am wondering if when degrees for “Journalism” are handed out if the diploma actually list “official liar” on the diploma.

    3. 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

    4. 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!

    5. 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 any information that could lead to the indentification of said criminal. Thus by assuring no one in the building is armed they force people to make a hard decision: on the right hand, come armed in spite of their stupid signs and possible legal consequences if discovered (my preference when forced), on the left hand simply never darken their door, and on the middle hand…… come disarmed and stand the chance of being “silenced” by the perps if there is an “unfortunate incident” when present.
      In my state we all know the State Government have prescribed specific uniform signage and placement to be binding, and then the only remedy the businesss or law enforcement have is to ask me to remove the gun from their property, at which point I may return disarmed, OR face charges of crinimal tresspass.
      “No weapons” signs abound, but we all know they are meaningless unless discovered, a very slim chance.

      These sheltered execs would do well to re-read their dreaded Second Article…. the one that clearly places the burden of “the security of a free state” upon the shoulders of THE PEOPLE, and therefor mandates that OUR right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed.. no, not even by some perverted board of executives at some petty bank in Ohio.

      Just learned yesterday there are above 17 Mn holders of Mother May I Cards across the nation, and 14 states that have decided to enforce the Second Article properly and place no infringement on the right to carry arms about, so who knows how many more regularly carry in those states. that means a likely number of above 25 Mn are “allowed” to go about armed as we ply our everyday business. We do this at no charge to any of the political entities or business we deal with.

      How much would such an armed, trained, vigilant, and motivated security force COST them if they had to pay for it?

    6. 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.

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

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

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