When Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out their California jihad on December 2, they did so in a state with expanded background checks, registration requirements for “assault weapons,” and an “A-” grade from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
None of these things prevented the attack from occurring.
California has expanded background checks, which means they require a background check on every sale–retail or private. These are the very checks that President Obama, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Democrat surrogates like Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Shannon Watts, and others are pushing at the federal level on the false premise of keeping Americans safe. They are the same checks that Colorado enacted after the heinous December 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary, under the illusion that such checks would prevent a high profile public attack.
The Brady Campaign praised California and Colorado for instituting expanded background checks, saying, “Strong background checks laws are the first step to keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” Moreover, they gave California the highest marks that any state received for gun control in 2013–they gave California an “A-“. Only four other states received a grade that high: they were Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.
It is interesting to note that in addition to expanded background checks, California has gun registration requirements for “assault weapons,” which Obama commonly refers to as “weapons of war.” Farook and Malik used AR-15s for part of their California jihad, but the registration requirement appears to have posed no hindrance.
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