Newsbusters posted this a few days back, with a clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.
Here’s the transcript:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: …background checks, still 97% of Americans support background checks. 60% of American support some sort of ban on so called assault weapons. In that stricter gun law, 61% support. That assault weapon number is higher than usual. So now does seem like again an opportunity, I think, in large part because of the acts of terror that have happened in San Bernardino and then in Orlando.
KATTY KAY: You know I think there is an opportunity, but all of us who have watched this over the years right Joe after Newtown we’re so feel so cynical and defeated about the prospect of getting anything done. But I was wondering, from the senator, is there anything that can be done short of changing the statutes. For example, red flags that pop up to the FBI if somebody has been under investigation, but that investigation is now closed. Which is what the FBI’s argument is in this case. Is that you know is there something that can happen short of having to actually get congressional approval?
Oh, this is an opportunity for change? Let’s approach this from a facts based manner:
The last “several” mass shootings were carried out by people who were background checked, or more. In the case of the Orlando shooter:
- The shooter bought his guns at a gun store, where he was background checked.
- He had a concealed carry permit, for which he was background checked.
- He had a state firearms license, for which he was background checked.
- He was also an armed security guard for a government contractor which required an active security clearance, for which he was (you guessed it) background checked.
- Somewhere in the last two he had to have 60 hours of training and a medical exam that certified he had no issues.
- The FBI interviewed him, twice, and investigated him for 10 months. He wasn’t on the Terrorist Watchlist either – they pulled him off after they didn’t find anything actionable.
Universal Background Checks wouldn’t have stopped this. Using the Terror Watchlist wouldn’t have stopped this. FBI interviews didn’t stop this. This was a government failure all the way around. This guy was a poster child for antigun policy proposals and still turned around and killed people.
In the case of San Bernardino, the shooters killed their victims in spite of a litany of California laws:
- Assault weapons ban.
- Mandatory handgun registration
- Mandatory rifle registration
- Mandatory safety training requirements
- Mandatory waiting periods before picking up guns after buying them.
- High capacity magazine bans
- Detachable magazine bans on rifles
- Mandatory Universal Background Checks
- Ban on open carry of weapons
- De facto ban on concealed carry thanks to arbitrary “may issue” requirements
- Total prohibition of bombs
Something does have to give. We need to stop rewarding the failure of gun control with more gun control. We need to examine whether these laws work, and if they don’t, eliminate them because they aren’t serving their purpose (other than to make red tape for non-criminals).