White House press secretary Josh Earnest intimated Tuesday that Republicans are cowards for opposing Monday’s gun control proposals.
PBS quoted Earnest describing the votes against gun control as “a shameful display of cowardice.” At the same time, Earnest admitted that no gun bill can prevent all firearms-related attacks. Nonetheless, he asked, “Why shouldn’t we do more?”
One of the gun controls rejected by Republicans was Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) push to require a background check on every sale occurring at a gun show. The problem with this push was that Omar Mateen, the terrorist in the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, did not acquire his firearms at a gun show. Rather, he bought them at a gun store and passed a background check for his rifle and handgun.
Mateen is not alone. It is more difficult to name a mass public attacker who did not pass a background check during the last 17 years than it is to name one who did.
In light of this, Republicans, as well as Democrats like Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), voted against expanding background checks that mass public attackers regularly pass to acquire weapons.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.