2019-08-11 13:18:28 UTC
Dems Demand Universal Background Checks Which Wouldn’t Have Stopped One Mass
BY DAN ZIMMERMAN |AUG 06, 2019 |49 COMMENTS
Form 4473 and GLOCK (courtesy fbi.gov)
Inevitably, after President Trump announced his support for red flag laws
yesterday, the civilian disarmament industrial complex immediately
criticized him for not calling for passage of the federal universal
background check bill. A bill which would have done nothing to stop any mass
shooter in recent memory.
As far as we know, neither the El Paso nor the Dayton gunman would have been
stopped from purchasing a weapon by an “expanded” background check or any
kind of background checks that didn’t have a pre-crime component. Neither
shooter had a criminal record. In fact, I can’t find any recent mass
shootings that would have been prevented by instituting a universal
Well, that’s not exactly right. The Sutherland Springs church shooter,
having been convicted of assaulting his then-wife and stepson, should not
have had a gun, but the FBI blew it. The racist Charleston church shooter
should have been stopped by a background check, but his narcotics conviction
never reached the FBI. Similarly, the Virginia Tech killer bought guns after
a court had found him to danger to himself, but the information was never
passed on to the federal background-check database.
Perhaps we should have a conversation about tightening up the system that’s
already in place before we start passing new laws.
– David Harsanyi in ‘Do Something!’ Is Not Going To Stop Mass Shooters
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