Dem Rep. Maloney: Background check would have stopped the Boston bomber

posted at 4:01 pm on April 29, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for one, is not giving up on the quest for more gun control measures, and is convinced that further gun legislation “will pass eventually” — but she drew a few rather dubious conclusions in the process.

As it stands right now, Tamerlan, as we know now, was on the terrorist watch list, so we know a gun check would stop him. If there was a background check, as it stands now, Tamerlan… or the next terrorist, can go to any gun show, and buy a hundred-round magazine. They can buy all the assault weapons they want, no questions asked. The gun lobby has the upper hand now, even though 90 percent of Americans want gun safety. This in no way infringes on the right of law-abiding Americans… but for the terrorist, for the bad guys, let’s pass sensible gun-safety legislation.

Er, “we know a gun check would stop him,” really? That’s quite the conclusion to draw, considering that A) the most recent update from ABC reports the only gun recovered so far from the scene of the Tsarnaev brothers’ shootout was a semiautomatic handgun with its serial number scratched off, suggesting that it was probably purchased through illicit means that wouldn’t have subjected to a background check no matter what; and B) the brothers somehow neglected to register for gun permits as required in Massachusetts, suggesting that they were pretty unconcerned with the law — as also evidenced by their blowing up a busy street with pressure-cooker bombs. (Not to mention, that “90 percent” figure is getting wildly overused as an indicator of public opinion that isn’t nearly as robust as it makes it out to be.) Lawmakers have been arguing over introducing some stringent coordination between the terror watch list and background checks, but let’s not make it sound like universal background checks would have definitively thwarted the Boston bombing nor are a reliable method for thwarting terrorism in general, shall we?


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Does she think that the background check in this case would’ve stopped them from getting pressure cookers?

Stick to legitimate arguments and stop trying to drag every untoward event into your anti-gun position.

JayMac1 on April 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I guess I’m incredibly naive, because it never ceases to amaze me that people this dumb can nonetheless achieve positions of power.

WhatSlushfund on April 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

It’s twisted that a state that was one of the leading forces behind the creation of our country has devolved to this level. They are a large collection of mooches that want the rest of the country to produce for them while they they dictate to us how to live our lifes. They are like a sea lamprey that devours it’s host until it dies.

acyl72 on April 30, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Are you sure her last name isn’t spelled with a B instead of an M? She sure is full of stuff beginning with the letter B that is used in a lot of tasty sandwiches. She either likes to spread misinformation or needs to find some better fact checkers, assuming she has access to real fact checkers.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Lawmakers have been arguing over introducing some stringent coordination between the terror watch list and background checks, but let’s not make it sound like universal background checks would have definitively thwarted the Boston bombing nor are a reliable method for thwarting terrorism in general, shall we?

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How’s this… Find them, lock’em up, or kick’em out, or take’em down… The last one works every time BTW.
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RalphyBoy on April 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Harpoolian is a Pig in true Democratic Party form. Also, the sound of cricketts coming from the ‘Womens’ Lib’ camp right now only proves the only men they are subserviant to and the only ones to whom they will suffer a true war from are Democratic Party males.

easyt65 on May 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Harpoolian is a Pig in true Democratic Party form. Also, the sound of cricketts coming from the ‘Womens’ Lib’ camp right now only proves the only men they are subserviant to and the only ones to whom they will suffer a true war from are Democratic Party males.

easyt65 on May 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

(PC error resulting in double-post…sorry)

easyt65 on May 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

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