You’d think they employed bloggers on their editorial staff. Sorry, most bloggers actually do check out the facts before posting something. From today’s Bellingham Herald editorial:
Itâ€™s futile to hope that last weekâ€™s mass shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard will move Congress to restrict access to firearms.
But one aspect of the Navy Yard massacre deserves state and federal lawmakers attention: the ability to purchase rifles and shotguns at licensed gun dealers without any background check or waiting period.
Earth to Bellingham Herald: The federal gun laws DO require an NICS (Brady instant) background check and Aaron Alexis passed one at the Virginia gun store where he purchased the shotgun he used.
The problem is that twice in the past, he wasn’t prosecuted for violent, gun related episodes. In addition, signs of his mental instability were noticed but not reported or incorporated into the FBI files that are used to determine if a gun purchase should be approved by the NICS background check system.
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