Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., has background against legislation expanding gun controls.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
Republicans-Rep. Thomas Massie came on Sunday against legislation strengthening background checks for gun purchases, saying that such measures would be “trying to put lipstick on a pig” and create a “false sense of security.”
“I wish that background checks stopped criminals or stop school shootings, but you don’t,” the Kentucky lawmaker told NBC News “Meet The Press.”
Massie was the response to a renewed proposal by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and sen Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., expand presale checks for firearms purchases online and at gun shows. The measure was introduced after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in Connecticut, and the Senate rejected it, twice.
“You could have all the information you want, but the [Sandy Hook] shooter in Connecticut who stole his mother’s guns and shot, before he has committed the crime … is not to be stopped, to check by a background,” said Massie. He added, “and in ten years, we are still going to have to, school shootings, unless you hit real legislation, like the President, Trump has been proposed that would allow teachers to be armed.”
The issue of background checks and other gun legsilation has roaring to life in the Wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the killing of 17 people.
President, Trump told Fox News’ “justice with judge Jeanine” Saturday night, that any new gun legislation would be likely to strengthen background checks.
“We are told, the drawing up of strong legislation we now have to do background checks, mental illness,” Trump. “I think you have a tremendous amount of support. It is at the time. It is at the time.”
Trump’s early ideas, the penalties shoot-out in the Wake of the parkland to mixed reactions from his party. His lecture that the teacher was denied to carry concealed weapons in class rooms, by at least one Republican, Florida sen. Marco Rubio. Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both spoken by Trump on Friday. Their offices have not spoken publicly on the talks or legislative strategy.
The Senate could consider a bill by Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to strengthen, FBI background checks — a response to a shooting last November in which a gunman killed more than two dozen people at a Texas Church.
The law would penalize Federal agencies that do not meet properly report the required records and reward States by providing them with Federal grant-settings. It was designed after the Air Force confirmed a report that it failed, Texas gunman domestic violence is the belief of the National Criminal Information Center database.
On Sunday, Massie is the current background-check system, described as “flawed” and “biased against minorities.”
“Three million people, law-abiding citizens, [were] denied a purchase because this in place,” said Massie. “But to keep track of only about a thousand criminal, trying to buy a gun illegally.’
“The reality is, most of those three million, 99.9 percent of them are actually law-abiding citizens, who were denied a purchase because the background-check system is faulty. It does not give the right information. It is wrong information … If you find out the information from the ATF, would you.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.