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Obama: Better Background Checks Would Stop Future Loughners

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In an Arizona Daily Star

op-ed piece (which Jesse Walker noted

this morning), President Obama urges “an instant, accurate,

comprehensive and consistent system for background checks” in

response to the Tucson massacre. But since there is no reason to

think such a system would have stopped Jared Lee Loughner from

buying a gun, this recommendation seems like a non sequitur (as gun

control proposals often do).

Obama regrets that “a man our Army rejected as unfit for

service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies;

a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store

and buy a gun.” But people who are rejected for military service or

thrown out of community college are still allowed to own firearms,

and Obama does not propose changing the factors that disqualify

people from buying guns. As for his description of Loughner as “a

man apparently bent on violence,” that is true mainly in

retrospect; the school officials and police officers who

encountered him prior to his crime seem to have viewed him more as

a nuisance than a menace. In any case, Loughner was never

“adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental

institution,” which would have made his gun purchase illegal.

In short, the president’s solution would not have stopped

Loughner, and it would not stop similar assailants in the future.

Yet Obama not only says the current system of background checks is

“supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a

gun”; he claims beefing up the system (primarily by incorporating

more state data regarding disqualifying criteria) “will actually

keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands

on a gun in the first place.” Which is worse: that Obama believes

this (assuming he does) or that he expects us to believe it?

I discussed “the perils of letting armed lunatics drive public

policy” in a January

column.


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    • whitebear

      Just more Bull S–t and nonsense from the would be American.

    • skepticguy

      How would better background checks make it more difficult? I never understood this logic. If someone wants a gun, they’ll get a gun.

    • Real Expert

      Better background checks for people running for the office
      of President would be much more like it I should think.

    • BurnCycle

      ahhh yes, the foibled false-flag in conjunction with his order to sell guns to the mexican drug cartels so as to trace back to the states to take away our second amendment.

      Some constitutional lawyer he is…..

    • Anonymous

      Where’s your birth certificate Mr. Soetoro? Barry Soetoro that is. Yup, and we should require our President to produce a live birth certificate. Otherwise he may think he’s an emperor and go about conducting wars based on false pretenses without congressional approval in violation of the Constitution.

    • truther357

      Better background checks and this criminal would not be POUS.
      http://www.commieblaster.com

    • HDThoreau

      From a man that couldn’t pass a background check. Hell truly is a place where there is no reason.

    • Upaces

      I think it is rather hysterical that he thinks there should be better background checks. What about HIS background?! LMAO

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