Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts claims Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) opposition to universal background checks is equivalent to opposing laws to stop the murder of small children.
She makes this point based on Cruz’s opposition to expanding background check following the Sandy Hook attack. She does not note that the gunman in that attack stole his firearms and would therefore be unencumbered by any point-of-sale background check requirements.
Watts also presents her contention without mentioning that the more recent Texas church shooter passed background check to acquire his rifle. His passage of that check provided yet another proof of the impotency of the left’s go-to gun control solution.
It is a fact that the vast majority of mass public attackers acquire their guns via point-of-sale background checks, and this truth pours cold water all over Watts’ arguments. Consider the following, which is only a partial list of attackers who got their guns via background checks:
- the Texas church attacker (November 5, 2017)
- the Las Vegas attacker (October 1, 2017)
- the Alexandria attacker (June 14, 2017)
- Orlando attacker (June 12, 2016)
- the UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016))
- the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
- the Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
- the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
- Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
- the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
- the Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
- the alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
- the Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
- the Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
- the Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
- the Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
- the Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
- the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
- the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
- Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
- the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
- the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), and many others.
After looking at that list an argument could be made that background checks do not do as much to protect the lives of small children as Watts pretends they do.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org