As mass shootings continue to plague the nation, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) attempted to argue for weaker gun laws only to be humiliated by CNN anchor Pamela Brown when she made a single point that he could not counter.
Yet another mass shooting occurred this week— this time in Indianapolis— when a former employee killed eight people at a FedEx facility. This latest incidence of gun violence follows a string of mass shootings that have occurred recently, sparking more calls for stronger gun laws as Republicans continue to only offer mere “thoughts and prayers.”
President Joe Biden has taken executive actions and has called for banning assault weapons, but Republicans refuse to act on even the most common sense of gun laws that most Americans support.
On Saturday, Comer attempted to blame strong gun laws for mass shootings.
“[I]f you look at the states that ban guns, and the cities that have banned guns — Chicago, Washington, DC — they have some of the highest rates of gun violence,” Comer claimed. “So, just passing laws banning guns doesn’t solve the problem.”
That’s not the case at all in countries such as Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom, where gun violence is incredibly rare because of strict gun laws.
Brown pointed out that most guns recovered by law enforcement in states with strong gun laws were bought in states with weak gun laws. For instance, Chicago has strong gun laws, but people simply cross over to weak gun law state Indiana to buy guns and bring them back.
“But nearly two-thirds of crime guns recovered in states with strong gun laws were originally sold in states with weak gun laws,” Brown said. “So if gun laws don’t matter, why are criminals going to states with weaker gun laws, bringing that gun back to a state with stronger gun laws and committing crimes.”
Comer was stumped.
“Well, I can’t answer that,” he said.
Here’s the video via Twitter:
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 17, 2021
The answer is simple. Criminals take advantage of weak gun laws and Americans are dying because of it. Only with universally strong gun laws can we prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands. Other countries have done this and we can do it as well. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t require stronger background checks with every gun purchase. There’s no reason why we can’t require mental health exams. And there’s no reason why we can’t ban assault weapons no one but military personnel actually needs. Strong gun laws prevent gun violence, but mass shootings will never end as long as red states refuse to get on board. That’s why we need strong national gun laws.
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