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Jason Aldean: Expand Background Checks Because ‘It’s Too Easy to Get Guns’

Jason Aldean performs in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Country star Aldean is making an emotional return to the stage after cancelling tour dates following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Country star Jason Aldean is calling for more gun control in the form of background checks, claiming that “it’s too easy to get guns.”

“It’s too easy to get guns, first and foremost. When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in 5 minutes, do a background check that takes 5 minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the issues I have,” Aldean told the Associated Press.

“It’s not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don’t think people should have guns. I have a lot of them,” the country rocker said. However, the facts don’t support his claims.

The Parkland school shooter passed a background check to acquire his rifle, as did the Texas church shooter and the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas attacker.

Moreover, 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 Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012), and the man shot Gabby Giffords (January 8, 2011), all passed a background check to acquire their guns.

Many miss the fact that a background check is just that — a check that looks backward. It is done by the FBI and if there is no criminal history found, there is nothing to cause an individual from passing a check. Therefore, most public attackers are people who have kept their criminal records clear. And this allows them to acquire a gun just before they act criminally for the first time.

Breitbart News previously reported that background checks do not stop latent criminals, only actual ones.

On March 23, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Aldean demurred when asked to address gun control. He told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m not a politician. I’m not trying to push my own agenda. If I say that I believe this, I’m gonna piss off half of the people, and if I say I believe that, I’m gonna piss off the other half. I have my opinions, but what the hell do I know?”

He added, “I think everybody needs to sit down, stop pushing their own agendas, and figure out what will make it safer.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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