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April 29, 2013 - 10:29 am

Rep. Carolyn Maloney must be privvy to some laws that are not on the books and unknown to everyone but herself. On MSNBC today, the gun control advocate declared that gun background checks would have stopped the Boston bombers. Even though, obviously, they didn’t.

“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,” she said. “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 of the assault weapons they want, no questions asked.”

Except that current background checks don’t apply to anyone buying pressure cookers, model cars and fireworks or whatever the bombers used to get their gunpowder. The gun they used wasn’t part of the attack, and may not have been part of their retreat to New York if they hadn’t been warned by Mrs. Tsarnaev.

Being on a terrorist watch list does not and and of itself necessarily mean someone will ping the NICS system, not if they have no convictions. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s presence on a terrorist watch list did not stop him from obtaining the handgun he possessed illegally. He reportedly had one gun with the serial number scratched off — another felony on top of all of the others he committed. The law didn’t even stop that, which turned out to be one of his lesser crimes.

So, none of what Rep. Maloney says about the Boston bombers turns out to be true. Yet she wants to pass more laws that would apply to law-abiding Americans. Apparently it’s too much to ask our betters in Washington to get a clue, or stop lying, when talking about guns, gun shows and gun-related crimes.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Yes, Tamerlan was on the Terrorist Watch List. Which, begs the question: why didn't the Boston PD and the FBI reference it? And if they did check it, why didn't they pay Tamerlan a visit the evening of the bombing? If they did and held him and his brother, they would have discovered that in fact it was Tamerlan who set the bombs off within 24 hours. Case closed. No shoot out with the MIT policeman or city shutdown.
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The Tsarnaevs wanted a gun.
So they killed officer Sean Collier to take his.

Question for liberals: Since the Tsarnaevs were trying to acquire a gun, should officer Collier have insisted on a background check?
51 weeks ago
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Let's see: if being on a terror watchlist didn't stop the Tsarnaev brothers, how would any other "background check" have stopped them?

I should ask her, shouldn't I?
51 weeks ago
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Oh God, what an idiot.
51 weeks ago
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Yep. That'll do it.

Let a government system do a background check on 13 million immigrants it couldn't seem to find, some of whom are in one of the 30,000 gangs in the US, that contain over 1.4 million members.

In a typical year in the so-called “gang capitals” of Chicago and Los Angeles, around half of all homicides are gang-related; these two cities alone accounted for approximately one in five gang homicides recorded in the NYGS from 2010 to 2011.

Among agencies serving rural counties and smaller cities that reported gang activity, more than 80 percent reported zero gang-related homicides. Five percent or less of all gang homicides occurred in these areas annually.

So, I'm all for "background checks". Just as soon as the government can locate and identify ALL the 13 million people it can't find, and all the gangbangers who have guns...THEN...they can start talking to the rest of us.
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