Gabby Giffords falsely claims her shooter evaded the background check system

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D.-Ariz.), who was shot in a 2011 mass shooting, wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Daily News yesterday. The piece, titled “Join the fight for safer U.S.”, was a passioned plea by Giffords to her former Washington colleagues to vote through universal background checks for all firearms purchased and transferred in the United States.

In the op-ed Giffords falsely implies that her shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, went around the current background check system and obtained his firearms without review.

What they will do is create one fair system for all gun buyers, instead of the giant loophole we have now. Right now, we have one system where responsible gun owners take a background check — my husband, Mark, took one just last month, and it took 5 minutes and 36 seconds. I remember waiting a lot longer than that for the subway to take me to my office when I lived in New York City! And then we have a second system for those who don’t want to take a background check. Those people — criminals, or people suffering from mental illness, like the young man who shot me — can buy as many guns as they want on the Internet or at a gun show, no questions asked.

That doesn’t make sense. We know how to fix it — by establishing a universal background check system. And yet some of our elected officials are not listening. Some even say this legislation shouldn’t get a vote in the United States Congress.

The problem with Gabriel Giffords statement was that Loughner did purchase his firearm legally and also passed a background check – as have other mass shooters like Virginia Tech’s Seung-Hui Cho. All which leave many gun owners questioning why there is such an outcry to expand upon a system that does not work.


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