There Are People Walking The Streets That Want To Kill You, And Obama Wants To Take Your Guns?!
President Obama has once again threatened to use executive action to ensure that background checks become mandatory on all gun sales. However, the White House has admitted such a law would have done nothing to prevent this week’s San Bernardino shooting.
As several gun control measures proposed by Democrats were shot down in the Senate yesterday, the White House continues to look to a possible executive order that would change the meaning of the existing law to force all gun sales, even private ones, to go through the background check system.
It is unclear how this would be enforced. Currently, it is estimated that upwards of 40% of guns that change hands, do so without background checks. Many are not even sales.
In addition, the majority of mass shooters in recent years all actually PASSED background checks.
The shooters at Virginia Tech, the Aurora Colorado movie theater, Fort Hood, Isla Vista, the Washington Navy Yard, the attempted mass killing at Arapahoe High School ALL passed background checks.
The shooter at Washington Navy Yard even managed to buy his firearm after the background check system was supposedly strengthened following the incident at Virgina Tech.
The BATF has determined that Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the two shooters in San Bernardino, also legally purchased two of the weapons at a gun shop in Corona. Two others were legally purchased and given to him by a friend, federal officials said Thursday.
When asked Thursday if he believed that Obama’s proposed executive action on background checks would have prevented the massacre, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, “Of course not.”
ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked, “Did [Obama] have any indication… if Congress instituted stronger background checks, it would have prevented this incident?”
Earnest responded, “In this incident, of course not.”