Tag: Vester lee Flanagan

NYT Admits Mass Shooters Are Getting Their Guns via Background Checks

Two days after nine students were shot and killed at Umpqua Community College, The New York Times sucked a bit of the air out of the gun control lobby by admitting that mass shooters aren’t acquiring guns in some secretive manner, but are walking into gun stores and passing background checks.

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Sen. Mark Warner Points to Virginia Gunman Who Passed Background Check to Prove Need for Background Checks

On September 10, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) attended a rally with the father of slain Virginia reporter Alison Parker and called for Congress to pass background check legislation now, even though background checks became the law of the land during the Bill Clinton administration and Alison’s killer—Vester Lee Flanagan—passed one for the gun he used in his attack.

Americans Responded to Summer of Unrest with Record Gun Purchases

As the widely-televised Baltimore riots gave way to a summer rife with more civil unrest, calls for widespread violence, and targeted attacks on police officers, Americans flooded into gun stores at such a high pace that they set records for the number of background checks conducted in May, June, July, and August.

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Virginia’s On-the-Air Killer and ‘Climate of Hate’

Editorial standards at major newspapers simply evaporated to accommodate screeds blaming everything from Sarah Palin’s political map, to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, to everyone who didn’t vote for Barack Obama for Jared Loughner’s crime. This wasn’t just an overnight media embarrassment – it started before the bodies were even cold, and it went on for months. “Climate of hate” was the media narrative.