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Rep Peter King

Rep Peter King Wants Background Checks Because CA Gunman Passed Background Checks

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Washington DC - -(  On May 25 2014 Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) called for more background checks because California gunman Elliot Rodger passed background checks.

King joined Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) last year and “introduced a bill…that would extend background to include most private transactions.” The measure failed, but had it passed it would not have stopped the CA gunman because he bought his guns from a licensed dealer and passed background checks.

According to The Washington Post, King said, “Even though this may not be popular in particular congressional districts, if we want to be a national party, we ought to be looking closely at it.”

He added: “We’ve got to look at how we defined mental illness, who is denied weapons and who is not, and focus the discussion. We have to have this debate.”

Also on May 25, it was reported that Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and another law enforcement official said the investigation into Rodger’s guns and background has so far revealed nothing that should have stopped him from being able to buy a gun.

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  • 24 User comments to “Rep Peter King Wants Background Checks Because CA Gunman Passed Background Checks”

    1. HBHTEX on May 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM said:

      Can you imagine if the liberal gungrabbers are the ones who define what mental illness is and isn’t ?

    2. Charles Nichols on May 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM said:

      A shorter and more accurate headline is “Rep Peter King is a Dick”

    3. Janek on May 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM said:

      In the picture King looks like one of those “mean Republicans” the Democrats constantly warn you about. This case is an exception, maybe there should be a ‘D’ after his name.

    4. HBHTEX on May 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM said:

      The GOP needs King,Christie,McCain like the we need a plague epidemic !

    5. TexStan on May 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM said:

      Up yours Pete.

    6. Old Curmudgeon on May 29, 2014 at 4:40 AM said:

      Until this country returns to the good family and moral values on which it was founded, no amount of laws will ever stop these killings. Until we start teaching our children right from wrong and that their actions have consequences nothing will change. Until we address mental health issues and treat those who can be treated and lock up those who show a propensity for violence, the headlines won’t change. Criminals by their very nature break the law, so why do the antis all want to make new laws that only infringe on the rights of those of us who do obey the law? I can’t understand how something so simple and rational is so difficult to grasp….

    7. oldgringo on May 29, 2014 at 4:43 AM said:

      We had the same anti-gun shenanigans passed by the Colorado Senatorial CommieCRats which included the left’s so called universal criminal back ground check system which applies to all firearms sold in Colorado…To include all private sales…6 months after our governor passed the Senatorial CommieCRats new anti-gun bills into law…A HS students from Centennial CO does the paper work, passes the new universal criminal back ground check, buys his self a shotgun, goes to school, shoots up the place wounding several students and killing another female student…Proudly our left wing nut east coast Gov. John Hickenlooper who hails from Pennsylvania had the nerve to tell the Denver “Commie” Post that the new universal criminal back ground check system is working and catching the bad guys from buying guns…
      The Denver “Commie” Post splashed his words on the front page and every looney tune Democrat who read the daily news applauded…Does anyone really understand the mentality of a liberal progressive socialist unionist abortionist marxist homosexual communist Democrat?…Not I?

    8. MeMikeT on May 29, 2014 at 4:46 AM said:

      I like to know what happens when a person fails a background check other than they can’t buy a gun. Are they also restricted to own a hammer, baseball bat, knifes, or the most dangerous, a car.

    9. Richard on May 29, 2014 at 4:57 AM said:

      We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

    10. Chuck on May 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM said:

      There are too many areas that can be defined as being mentally ill. Gun grabbers are the most mentally disturbed people on the planet but they can still buy guns. If you get angry you can be called mentally ill because what you thought made you angry. We need to look at due process before we can take anyone’s rights away. They have to be charged with a crime, have broken some kind of law, and be convicted. It seems that with law abiding gun owners the law has been changed to guilty period.

    11. Ed Nelson on May 29, 2014 at 7:43 AM said:

      Believing in freedom and liberty – and the second amendment – will brand one mentally ill. Count on it.

    12. Another stupid Dumbacrat as always.We ain’t smart enough to figure out the real salution so we will through in some more gun bans. STUPID IDIOTS.

    13. Oh sorry about the comment on Dumbacrats. He is a RINO. Republican in name only.

    14. durabo on May 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM said:

      Noo Yawkehs need to throw this RINO out of office, or force him to defect to the Socialist-Democrat Party with which he votes!

    15. Larry on May 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM said:

      So they want background checks when this killing proves that background checks won’t stop a person from going crazy and killing people. Silly democrats and rino’s. The only thing that will stop a crazy person from killing people is a good guy with a gun. This is enough grounds for accusing the democrats and rino’s of being crazy.

    16. John Carr on May 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM said:

      I believe in background checks and mental evaluations, especially for people like King and most of all, the HMFIC in the white house.

    17. Thom Paine on May 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM said:

      Actually if you want to be ,”a populal national party” you need to stomp the cultural marxists into the ground! You pathetic neo bolshevik excuse for a Republican! RINOs in the party who support such things as this ,or the NDAA etc etc, are guilty violating their oaths. I have zero respect for them.

    18. Jack Pyle on May 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM said:

      The gun bigots would define it something like this, “The desire to own a gun is a mental illness…you are therefore denied the right to own a gun due to your mental illness.”

    19. Bob Shell on May 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM said:

      That shows what is wrong with the Republican party. King is a RINO & should man up & change to a Democrat because that is where his beliefs lie. A typicl do nothing with no real solutions to the violence. Why not register knives after all they killed 3 also. King is a fraud & I have never liked him

    20. james on May 29, 2014 at 5:42 PM said:

      When King is on TV he has all his books all over his office shelves on display so he gets free advertising on all his books.

      Books he writes while on our time and money.

    21. james on May 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM said:

      I have a valid concealed permit, what happens if I go mental next week or next year?

      Until these people realize no laws past, present or future can legislate what is inside the mind of an individual who wants to harm others, there is no stopping them except for a hollow point.

    22. HBHTEX on May 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM said:

      That POS shooter in Santa Barbara,CA that shot up those kids and stabbed 3 others to death because he couldn’t get laid should never been allowed to even buy a slingshot. He had been mentally ill since 9 and had several run ins with LE including assault. But the parasite passed all the required background checks because the state of California screwed it up.But what do the gungrabbers do ?…blame the NRA and lack of background checks. I’m suprised they didn’t plant a AR15 at the crime scene like they did at Sandy Hook ! I’ts time to get down and dirty with these tryrannists son of a bitches,DON’T GIVE THEM AN INCH !

    23. Charles Dykes on May 30, 2014 at 1:42 AM said:

      Mr King is on the wrong side of the people of the United States of America!! Real Conservatism policies and practices scare the hell out of all of the GOP RINO’s (of which he is one)…and….causes them to hunker down with the Socialist Democrats to make their plans. Just look at who King keeps company with…..McConnell, McCain, Boehner, and etc. They should be ashamed……but there is no shame among the anti Constitution Senators!!! Vote them out!!! Two long time pols in Texas were dumped this week in Texas….THAT is a Start!!!

    24. TSgt B on May 30, 2014 at 6:58 AM said:

      OK, lefties; you win! I confess! I AM CRAZY ABOUT GUNS, FREEDOM, AND LIBERTY!

      The “nuts” part? Yep, I gotta pair!

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