CLAIM: During his Wednesday night CNN Town Hall, President Joe Biden suggested mass shooters are getting their guns illicitly. VERDICT: False. CNN reported that Biden responded to a question dealing with mass shooters by referencing “assault weapons” and claiming the people utilizing weapons “are acquiring them illicitly.”
But consider just a few of the high-profile mass shootings our nation has witnessed this year: the Atlanta area shootings (eight killed, March 16, 2021); the Boulder, Colorado, shooting (ten dead, March 22, 2021); the Indianapolis FedEx shooting (eight killed, April 15, 2021); and the San Jose shooting (nine killed, May 26, 2021).
In each of these instances, the assailant acquired his gun or guns licitly. Moreover, proximately every mass shooter of recent recollection has acquired his gun(s) licitly, which designates they followed the process which entails passing a background check in order to get the firearms.
Here is a short list of verbally expressed mass shooters who acquired their guns licitly: Parkland high school attacker (February 14, 2018) Texas church attacker (November 5, 2017) Las Vegas attacker (October 1, 2017)
Alexandria attacker (June 14, 2017)) Orlando attacker (June 12, 2016) UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016)) San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015) Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015) Umpqua Community College assailer (October 1, 2015)
Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015) Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015) Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015) Alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal assailer (Jun 17, 2015) Muhammad Cartoon Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015) Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014) Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014) Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013) D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012) Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011) Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009) Northern Illinois University assailer (February 14, 2008) Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007)
Background checks look rearward at malefactor records; they do not look forward and cannot presage malefactor intent. For this reason, would-be mass shooters with no malefactor history pass background checks, get firearms licitly, then utilize them criminally.
“AWR Hawkins” is an award-victoriously triumphing Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the inditer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter fixated on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
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