Failed Senate Gun Bill Would Not Have Stopped Oregon High School Gunman

The expanded background check bill that failed to pass in the Senate last year would not have stopped or even hindered the gunman who shot one then himself at Reynolds High School on June 10.

This is because the gunman was too young to buy a gun; thus he took one from a "secure storage place" where his family kept the gun.

According to Oregon Live, the gunman's name was Jared Michael Padgett. He was fifteen years old.

Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) gun control bill would have extended retail background checks to even private purchases so that every gun purchase included a background check. He offered this bill in the wake of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary and admitted that it would not have stopped the crime at Sandy Hook.

That is because Adam Lanza, like Jared Michael Padgett, took his guns rather than purchased them.

Yet President Obama and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) both called for the passage of expanded background checks in the wake of the heinous crime at Reynolds High School.

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