It turns out the two Garland shooters obtained their guns “legally.” Liberals think the more restrictions we force on to law-abiding citizens, the safer everybody else will be. While law-abiding citizens will by definition follow the law, criminals by definition won’t let the law stand in their way if they want to commit an act of crime.
In the case of someone who’s got a criminal record who wants to obtain a gun, he’ll do whatever he has to do to get a gun. He might borrow one from a friend, steal one, or if he knows the right people, pay cash for one on the black market.
In the case of someone who doesn’t have a record, obtaining a gun isn’t all that difficult, because there will be nothing that comes up on a background check.
The bottom line is this. If a person has criminal intent and wants to cause as much harm as possible, he will do whatever he has to do in order to accomplish his goals, whether he has a record that would pass a background check or not.
On May 5 CNN reported that the two gunmen who attacked Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center acquired their guns “legally.”
The use of the word “legally” implies that the two alleged gunmen–Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi–went through background checks to acquire their weapons. This makes them only the latest in a long list of high profile examples which prove that background checks are an ineffective way to fight crime.
Here is an updated list of high profile attackers who passed background checks for their guns:
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), 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), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), and Naveed Haq (Seattle).
Ironically, since 1791 Americans have purchased their guns privately from co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, and other decent people who might be selling a gun to get the four or five hundred dollars they need to make ends meet on a given month. But the left stepped in during the Clinton presidency and told us we were not safe without background checks. Thus background checks for all retail gun purchases were implemented.
The Garland shooters jumped through the necessary hoops to obtain the guns they wanted, and they still ended up committing a crime. The background check laws, as commonsense as liberals claim they are, don’t stop criminals from committing crimes. All they do is make life more difficult for everyone else.