Gabby Giffords, Democrat Lawmakers Relaunch Background Check Push


On March 4, gun control proponent Gabby Giffords will join Democrat lawmakers to push for expanded background checks on Capitol Hill.

Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) is spearheading the push.

According to the AP, the push faces an uphill battle due to GOP majorities in the House and Senate, as well as NRA opposition to any new gun control.

The NRA argues that expanding background checks will neither stop criminals from getting guns nor stop them from committing crimes with guns. They will either steal their guns like Adam Lanza did, buy their guns via a black market like the Paris and Copenhagen attackers did, or pass a background check and then commit their heinous crimes anyway like James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara gunman), and Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’ gunman) did.

In fact, expanding background checks is so impotent against determined criminals that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)–author of the 2013 background check legislation–admitted expanded background checks would not have prevented the Sandy Hook shooting.

Yet Giffords, Democrat lawmakers, President Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder continue to argue for expanded background checks as a way to prevent future Sandy Hook-style attacks.

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