Citizens Affected By Tucson Shooting Endorse Fix Gun Checks Act
March 31, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Victims and surviving family members of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., have endorsed legislation that would require instant background checks for all gun sales in the United States.
On March 28, a group of Arizonans affected by the tragedy pledged their support for the Fix Gun Checks Act during a press conference. The bill, which also calls for an expansion of the national do-not-sell database, was crafted following the shooting in Tucson. The perpetrator, Jared Loughner, was an admitted habitual drug user, a fact that led the U.S. Army to reject him.
However, his records were not sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Loughner passed a background check when purchasing a semiautomatic handgun on Nov. 30. It was the same weapon used in the Jan. 8 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
"I strongly support the 2nd Amendment but I also know that respecting the 2nd Amendment means stopping dangerous people from being able to purchase guns," said former Arizona Attorney general Terry Goddard. "I call on Congress to reform our background check system immediately so that we can prevent future tragedies like the one we faced here in Tucson."
The shooting in Tucson has prompted a national effort to tighten gun laws. However, some groups have set out to remind Americans that firearms have their place in society. On March 30, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) held an event in Washington, D.C., to address the benefits of gun ownership.