On May 4, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made clear how hopeful she is that Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) will sign Senate Bill 941 into law. SB 941 will make “almost all” Oregonians pass the same background check the Aurora Theater gunman passed to get his weapon.
Aurora Theater gunman James Holmes passed a background check for the guns he possessed when he opened fire on theater-goers in July 2012.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) is expected to sign SB 941 into law.
Maddow said, “Brown has … [a] chance to sign major legislature into law that would make background checks mandatory for almost all private transfers of guns between unrelated owners.” A first violation of the background law would be a misdemeanor, but “a second violation would be a felony with a maximum penalty of a quarter million dollars and ten years in prison.”
Every Republican in the legislature is against [SB 941]. but Oregon is a very blue state. They say Kate Brown is expected to sign that bill. In today’s climate it is almost impossible to pass any kind of gun safety reform. But Oregon and Kate Brown are buck bucking the national trend.
Maddow did not mention James Holmes, nor did she mention Jared Loughner–the man who attacked Gabby Giffords with a gun he got via a background check.
She also failed to mention that 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), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), and Naveed Haq (Seattle) all passed background checks for their guns as well.
Expanded background checks simply do not stop high profile attackers from getting the guns they need to carry out their crimes. Forcing “almost all” Oregonians to pass the same background check the Aurora theater gunman passed has little to do with guns and much to do with control.
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