Sources: Florida School Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz Likely Acquired Rifle Legally

This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows weapons lying on a bed. C
Broward County Jail and Instagram via AP

The day after the heinous attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials indicated that alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz purchased his rifle legally.

This means Cruz passed a background check to acquire the firearm.

PIX 11 reports that Cruz purchased the gun “about a year ago.”  Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that the purchase was made at a Broward County, Florida, gun store.

USA Today reports that Cruz had “no criminal record” and, therefore, nothing to prevent him from passing a background check to acquire the gun.

This means Cruz joins a long list of mass public attackers who acquired their guns via background checks. Therefore, despite the left’s non-stop calls for more background checks, almost every mass public attacker of recent memory acquired his or her guns by passing one.

Here is a list of just some of the attackers who acquired their firearms by complying with background check requirements:

  • Texas church attacker (November 5, 2017)
  • Las Vegas attacker (October 1, 2017)
  • 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 Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
  • the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
  • the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), and many others.

As the above list shows, background checks have proven impotent to stop determined attackers.

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 Sign up to get Down Range at



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