Gabby Giffords Praises Background Checks that Didn’t Work

Gabby Giffords praises Oregon House for supporting background checks that didn’t stop Jared Loughner and numerous other murderers.

Even from a purely pragmatic perspective, background check laws don’t work to stem so-called “gun violence.” If there’s some guy with a criminal record who wants to get a gun, the fact that he can’t get one from a gun store because he can’t pass a background check isn’t going to stop him from obtaining a gun if he wants to commit a crime with it. He knows he can’t get one from a gun store, so he’ll either steal one or buy one off the black market.

And it’s not going to stop people with criminal intent from obtaining guns if they have no criminal record yet, as in the case of Jared Loughner and James Holmes. And even though Adam Lanza [allegedly] stole his mom’s guns, a background check wouldn’t have stopped him, since he too had no record.

Yet, liberals think background check laws will do wonders to stop criminals from committing crimes. Breitbart reported about Gabby Giffords’ statement supporting Oregon’s support for background check legislation:

“Today, Oregon’s leaders did the responsible thing: they stood up to the gun lobby and stood up for a commonsense law that will make Oregonians safer.”

Giffords did not mention that Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Aaron Ybarra (Seattle Pacific University), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), and Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), all got their guns through background checks, too.

Giffords’s statement continued: “This victory for responsibility in Oregon sends a clear message to the folks in Washington, D.C.: if Congress is not willing to act to reduce gun violence, states around the country can and will take the matter into their own hands.” She did not mention that James Holmes (Aurora theater), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), and Naveed Haq (Seattle), all passed background checks for their guns as well.

After passing background checks, these 15 people took a total of 103 innocent lives and injured many others, including Gabby Giffords. Yet Giffords is telling the people of Oregon that background checks are a way to reduce gun violence.

Ever since Jared Loughner shot Gabby Giffords, I’ve wondered why we didn’t call it the John Roll shooting. The reason is that in that same shooting, Loughner actually killed federal Judge John Roll who happened to be a conservative. In the media’s mind, only a liberal can be a true victim. When a conservative like John Roll dies at the hands of a murderer, he’s just collateral damage.