Senate’s Failed Gun Bill Would Not Have Stopped LAX Shooter

LAX Shooter
LAX Shooter
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Washington DC – -(  On November 3rd, authorities said they believe accused LAX shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia purchased his rifle “legally” from a licensed gun dealer in Los Angeles.

This means he went through a background check and it means the Senate's failed gun bill would not have stopped him from getting his gun.

According to WTOP 103.5, officials said Ciancia purchased a rifle and two handguns and the purchases “appeared legal.” They added: “He didn't buy them on the street, he didn't buy them on the Internet–he bought them from a licensed gun dealer.”

This is crucial as proponents of gun control claim expanding background checks will make Americans safer. However, the expanded background checks will be the same checks performed now, only they will be done on every purchase instead of just some.

Over time the background checks would change as more mental health information was accessible to those doing the checks, but that will require information sharing between agencies, state and federal sharing, and a mechanism for sharing/accessing that information that's not in place now.

Even after a mechanism for sharing/accessing that information is place, persons with no recorded mental health conditions or prior criminal record will still pass background checks.

During an April 14 appearance on Face The Nation, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) admitted his expanded background check proposal would not have prevented the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary.

One of Manchin's staunchest fellow gun control supporters, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), also said expanded background check would not have made a difference in Newtown because Adam Lanza, although “disturbed …had no criminal record or record of mental illness.” Thus, no indicators “would have been caught in a background check.”

The FBI says they have “not found any evidence of previous crimes or run-ins with the TSA” in Ciancia's past.

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  • 5 thoughts on “Senate’s Failed Gun Bill Would Not Have Stopped LAX Shooter

    1. We supporters of what is left of the Constitution keep trying to rationalize something like …don’t these anti-gun, anti-Constitution people know what they are doing?

      Even asking that question shows how dumb WE ARE. Of course they know exactly what they are doing, saying and advocating, and their reasons are every bit as bad and dangerous as our greatest fears are for our country and our personal freedoms.

    2. Ok, I need a few smart people to confirm-or-explain what’s wrong with this picture… I keep seeing articles saying things like “pulling out a Smith and Wesson assault rifle”

      » GIVEN: California Penal Code Section 30710-30735 bans “assault rifles.”

      » GIVEN: According to the LA Times and others, Ciancia bought his [Smith and Wesson M&P 15] at the Target Range Gun Store, 16140 Cohasset St. in Van Nuys, CA.

      » THEREFORE: the weapon can’t be an “Assault Rifle.”

      Ready… set… debate! (And thanks!)

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