We live 20 minutes south of Cincinnati in northern Kentucky. The bulk of our local news is Cincinnati centered, so we hear a lot of what is going on the Queen City as they often call it. Based upon what we’ve seen and heard from most of the local news over the past decade, allows us to shed some possible insights into the tragic mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati.
To begin with, let’s take a quick look at what the media IS saying:
“Sixteen people were shot — one fatally — inside of a Cincinnati nightclub Sunday morning.”
“O’Bryan Spikes, 27, died in the shooting. At least 16 others were shot.”
“The shooting was reported just after 1 a.m. at Cameo nightclub on Kellogg Avenue in Linwood. Police believe that multiple people fired shots. No arrests have been made.”
“Spikes’ family told WLWT News 5 that they were in shock over the man’s death. Spikes was a father and junior college student who came to the club often, they said.”
“‘The bar was very crowded, approximately a couple hundred people,’ Isaac said. ‘Several local men got into some type of a dispute inside the bar, and it escalated into shots being fired from several individuals’.”
As of the time of this writing, there are still no arrests and no one seems to be saying who or what was really behind the shooting.
Now let us point out several things NOT being so readily reported to the national media.
- The Cameo nightclub was a gun free zone, meaning that law abiding patrons of the club were vulnerable to this type of mass shooting.
- On one early local news report, they stated that law enforcement officers, either off-duty or plain clothes, are supposed to be stationed outside the nightclub because of a number of previous incidents that resulted in the police being called to the nightclub. One has to wonder where those law enforcement officers were at the time of the shooting and why it was reported that it took police some minutes to respond to the 9-1-1 calls?
- The nightclub supposedly had their own security guards stationed at the door with metal detector wands to prevent anyone from bringing guns into the nightclub. Evidently, the security guards failed to secure the premises and somehow allowed several guns to be carried into the gun free nightclub.
- Over the past few years, the Cincinnati area has been plagued with a lot of shootings, most of which are drug and/or gang related. Many of those involved in these shootings already had criminal records and not allowed to own or possess a firearm, but evidently that hasn’t stopped them. Again, officials have not said who was responsible for the shooting at the nightclub, but we would not be surprised to learn that it was drug or gang related.
What happened at the Cameo nightclub is another example of how and why gun control does not work. Had the club not been a gun free zone and some of the patrons were armed with their legal concealed carry weapons, the shootings may have been stopped earlier and some of the injured would not have been injured. Gun Free Zones only make people more susceptible to becoming victims, it does not make them safer.
Despite laws prohibiting criminals from owning and possessing guns, it doesn’t stop them from getting and using them. These laws only leave law abiding citizens more vulnerable to becoming victims of gun related crimes.
The rampant drug and gang activity in Cincinnati, and many other larger cities in America, are the results of a society who rejected God, Christianity and biblical principles. Remove God and biblical values and they are quickly replaced by secular, self-centered and dangerous values that only leads to more violence.
These three factors are the real issues behind the shootings at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati.