In the years leading up to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police responded to 45 calls at Nikolas Cruz’s home, yet Cruz was still able to pass the background check required to purchase his assault rifle.
Because of this, many gun rights proponents claim the police “dropped the ball,” and blame them, at least indirectly, for the massacre. The fact is that, had the police entered every one of those calls into a national database, Cruz would still have been able to pass his background check.
There are 12 specific reasons for a potential gun buyer to fail a background check, and none of the police encounters with Cruz met any of those reasons. (bit.ly/TCHbackground)
The breakdown in the system that allowed Cruz to buy his assault weapon was not police incompetence; it was weak gun legislation enacted by politicians who write laws according to the dictates of the NRA and the other gun lobbyists who own them.
If you’re sincerely upset about the ease with which potential murderers can pass a background check, then you must urge your legislators to pass gun laws that police can use to keep weapons away from people like Nikolas Cruz.
Tim Taylor, Richland