In the wake of what is actually the deadliest mass shooting to ever occur in the United States leftist activists and politicians immediately began to use this tragedy to push their agenda. Twitter was quickly bombarded with hashtags like #Guncontrol, #Guncontrolnow, and the like. Prominent leftist politicians such as Hillary Clinton sent out tweets regarding silencers and other such nonsense.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel, who has in all but name changed his show to “The Hate on Republicans Show” was the most prominent leftist spewing asinine thoughts. Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue was filled to the brim with lies and someone must dispel them.
1. You can bypass background checks if you buy privately.
Kimmel’s exact quote was: “There are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, online, or at a gun show.”
This isn’t true. If someone were to buy a firearm from a private party in the way one would when buying a used car on Craigslist, they must still go through a background check. In a private sale of a firearm, both parties must go to a firearms dealer who hold a valid Federal Firearms License (FFL), and the buyer must pass the federal background check before the transfer is approved.
2. You can bypass background checks online.
This is another blatant lie from Kimmel. It is true that one can shop for firearms online and compare prices, but firearms are not shipped to your front door. When someone is to purchase a firearm online the firearm must be shipped and received by a licensed gun dealer holding a valid FFL. The buyer must then go through a federal background check and be cleared before they can walk out with their new firearm.
3. The gun show loophole.
The gun show loophole has been discussed ad nauseam even though it doesn’t exist. I am speaking from personal experience on this issue. During this past summer alone, I visited four gun shows and was never allowed to just walk out with anything I wanted. If I wanted ammunition, I had to prove I was of legal age to purchase it. If I purchased a long rifle, I waited in line to go through the background check and wasn’t allowed to just walk out. I couldn’t even handle pistols or handguns because I was not 21, the legal age to buy.
What might be most shocking to anyone who believes Jimmy Kimmel is that when my father purchased a handgun at a gun show, even though he passed the background check he had to wait ten days to be able to pick it up, as would anyone else. When the facts are presented, the lies become clear.
4. The attack would be worse with silencers.
Kimmel also attacks the House of Representatives for voting a bill that would legalize silencers (which aren’t entirely outlawed). Kimmel is wrong because silencers are actually legal in all but 10 states, though heavily regulated in the other 40. In short, silencers are regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934 which made it so private citizens must pay a $200 tax in order to own one. This was an attempt by the government to keep them away from the working class. Even if the attacker had a silencer, the event would be about the same regardless of what Kimmel and Clinton think.
A standard AR-15 fires at 167 decibels. A silencer only brings this down to 136 decibels, which is equivalent to jet aircraft taking off. Silencers do not make guns silent killing machines.
5. The no fly list should be a no buy list.
Kimmel finally attempted to equate the No Fly List to a No Buy List, attacking the senators who voted last year to allow those on the No Fly List to buy firearms. Mr. Kimmel doesn’t understand that you cannot equate the two. The right to self-preservation is laid out in the second amendment with the right to bear arms. People who are on the No Fly List have had the privilege of flying revoked with no due process. If the No Fly List was used as a metric for people who can or can’t buy firearms, these people would be stripped not only of due process, but of the right to defend themselves.
The government should not be able to strip citizens of their inalienable human rights without due process, regardless of what Jimmy Kimmel thinks. Pile on top of that many people have been mistakenly put onto the no fly list like former senator Ted Kennedy. No one has the right to fly, but private citizens do have the right to bear arms as prescribed by our Founding Fathers.
It is truly heart wrenching to have to deal with a tragedy of this scale, but that is the sad world we live in. No one will ever be able to understand what was going through the mind of the shooter and what could draw a person to such evil. The best thing we can do is come together as a nation and put personal views aside. We can take action by donating blood, volunteering or going to church, but this is seemingly too much to ask for from the left. The left has never seen a tragedy they can’t capitalize on.
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