Representative Joseph Crowley – the Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair from New York – said that thorough background checks will prevent those with “criminal thoughts” from obtaining guns, but because they’re not in place, “more people will be killed by guns.”
“The issue of gun violence is not going to go away. We know that, we just know it. This could very well be a very hot summer, we don’t know what ramifications will come. Hard to predict.
“But what we do know is that there will be more people killed by guns and people who ought not to have those weapons because a thorough background check was not in place to make sure that people who have mental incapacity, that have terrorist thoughts, who have criminal thoughts or records, or behavior that would lead law enforcement to deny them access to those weapons – that’s what we’re looking for that’s what the American people are looking for.”
Gun control talks have rekindled since the Dallas shooting. The murderer who ended up dying during a standoff with police purchased his weapon legally from a private seller on Facebook.
The seller said that he didn’t think anything about 25-year-old Micah Johnson, since he was ex-military. “He stood out as just another guy,” the seller said. “And he was U.S. service, so he was like your first pick when you’re selling a gun to somebody.”
While an official background check wasn’t conducted, the seller said that he did a brief search on the internet of Johnson.
Even if there were an official NICS background check done, nothing would have come up that would have prevented the seller from selling Johnson a firearm. He had no criminal record, and there was no reason to believe that he had mental problems.
A thorough background check would have done nothing to prevent what Micah Johnson – who had “criminal thoughts” – did.
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