Katie Pavlich | Oct 24, 2013
Earlier this week we learned of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1.1 million anti-gun advertisement buy for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuiliffe. Bloomberg funneled the money into Virginia through his PAC, USA Independence and advertisements have been running on radio and television since Tuesday. One television ad in particular targets the “gun show loophole” and states in a voiceover, “The gun show loophole. It means anyone can buy a gun without a background check.” The ad shows photos of mass murders Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard) and James Holmes (Aurora Colorado theater) while implying these killers purchased their guns through this so-called “loophole.”
Seung-Hui Cho bought both his Glock 19 9mm pistol and Walther P22 through a licensed federal firearms licensee and passed the FBI NICS background check system without a problem before going on his rampage in 2007.
Adam Lanza committed the murder of his own mother to steal the weapons he used in Newtown. Nancy Lanza had passed all her background checks.
Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis pass both the FBI NICS background check and the additional Virginia background check system implemented after after Cho’s rampage at Virginia Tech.
Aurora Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes likewise passed the FBI NICS background checks system.
In addition, it’s important to point out that despite Bloomberg’s attempt to portray Ken Cuccinelli’s relationship with the NRA as a bad thing, it was the NRA, not Michael Bloomberg, that helped get new mental health legislation passed after the Virginia Tech shooting.