In less than 24 hours since President Obama gave his gun control speech, the Associated Press has already deemed that nothing in the Executive Order would have stopped any of the most recent mass shootings.
The order effectively expands background checks on all Americans looking to purchase a firearm at flea markets, gun shows, and online.
But will it keep the people safe from mass shootings?
The Associated Press determined that no, the new laws wouldn’t have kept us safe in the past, and may not protect us in the future.
The most recent tragedy happened in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. 14 people were killed when a terrorist and his wife grabbed their guns and opened fire on a group of their colleagues at a Christmas party. The weapons in question were purchased by the neighbor, Enrique Marquez, and given to Syed Farook and his wife. Marquez claims that Farook asked him to purchase the guns for him because Marquez would “draw less attention.”
What about Umpqua Community College in Oregon? Christopher Harper-Mercer and his family legally purchased the weapons used in the shooting from an FFL, meaning everyone passed a background check.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed 5 people in Chattanooga, Tennessee using a combination of legal and illegal firearms. It is unclear when and where the purchases were made, but he did fail a background check in 2013 when he applied for an engineering job at a nuclear plant.
Dylann Roof murdered 9 people when he walked into a church and opened fire on the men and women inside. He was subjected to a background check, but a record-keeping error led to his acquisition of a handgun. After three days of delay, the FFL was allowed to complete the transaction.
Aaron Alexis legally purchased the shotgun used in the murder of 12 people in the Washington Navy Yard despite a history of discharging a firearm in anger and mental health treatment.
Adam Lanza stole his mother’s firearms and ammunition to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary.
James Holmes opened fire on a crowded theater, killing 12 people. Holmes passed a background check to purchase his firearm.
The Washington Post also awarded Obama’s gun control speech two Pinocchios for his claim that “a violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked.”
A private transaction arranged by a buyer and seller on an online forum such Armslist— “the largest free gun classifieds on the web”— is somewhat different.
Any transaction across state lines still must be processed by an FFL in the home state of the buyer —which would conduct a background check. This was mandated in the Arms Control Act of 1968.
But if both the buyer and seller reside in the same state, then it becomes a transaction between two private individuals, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Private sellers are not required to see identification, keep records or conduct a background…