Every time there is a shooting like the horrific church shooting last Sunday, gun control advocates immediately call for more gun laws. They accuse opponents of offering no solutions. Yet they never seem to tell us exactly what laws they would pass that would have actually prevented the shootings. The “do something even it’s wrong” mentality seems self-defeating, particularly in the latest case, where we learned that the shooter was already banned by law from ever owning a gun and a paperwork snafu let him go undetected, while his killing spree was ended by a law-abiding former NRA instructor with a personal weapon he wouldn’t have had if the gun control lobby had its way.
So the question remains: since existing laws failed to prevent this atrocity, precisely what new laws would have prevented it? Sen. Ted Cruz, of all people, thinks that a gun law he introduced in 2013 would have. It would’ve required all government agencies (including the Air Force) to report gun-disqualifying convictions to the NCIS database. It also would’ve created a task force to prosecute people who lie about previous convictions on their background check/application forms, a felony that the government seldom prosecutes. Those things should have kept the Texas killer from buying a gun.
So what happened to Ted Cruz’s gun law? Democrats killed it with a filibuster. Seriously.