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.
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