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Louis Gohmert Fact Check: Do Outlaws Get Their Guns Illegally?

“Outlaws don’t get guns legally.”

That’s what U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, said yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Gohmert was making the argument that there’s no sense in passing gun control legislation, because outlaws never obey the law in obtaining their guns anyway.

The married couple that murdered 14 people in San Bernardino last year, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, obtained their guns legally.

In October last year, Christopher Harper-Mercer murdered 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. All of his guns were purchased legally.

In July last year, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez murdered 5 people in Tennessee, using guns that were purchased legally.

Even Breitbart News, the extreme right wing web site that is rabidly pro-gun, admitted just one month ago in an article written by Awr Hawkins that “Over 80% of Mass Shooters Got Their Guns ‘Legally’”. The data that Hawkins referred to originally came from Mother Jones in 2012, but was updated to include data from 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well.

The criminal gang of right wing militants that is currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vandalizing it and threatening to shoot anyone who tries to stop them, bought its guns legally.

Whether you agree with Representative Gohmert’s opinion that gun sales don’t need more serious regulation, the premise that Gohmert uses to reach his conclusion is clearly false. Outlaws DO get guns legally, and they do it quite often.

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4 thoughts on “Louis Gohmert Fact Check: Do Outlaws Get Their Guns Illegally?”

  1. Leroy says:

    What kind of “serious regulation” that stays within the parameters of the SCOTUS’s “Heller” decision and “McDonald” decision?

    Aye… there’s the rub!

  2. John says:

    what does the fact that these people bought their guns legally have to do with talking our 2nd amendment RIGHTS away? So once you fools take away our right to bear arms, and then a couple of Muslim extremist build a bomb that uses – let’s say the same explosive material that Timothy McVey used to blow up the government building (wink, wink), Some gasoline, and maybe even some nails, and razor blades (just because killing innocent westerners/Christians isn’t enough they want to make them suffer before they die). Are all you bleeding heart liberals going to be all “up in arms” about gasoline control? Or maybe stricter nail/razor control laws? Your not going to solve this problem by taking away OUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THESE MUSLIM LUNATICS, AND/OR OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT!!!!! Wake the hell up please!! There wasn’t one gun on that airplane that those terrorists (wink, wink) took down on 9/11. Why hasn’t there been a raucous outcry from the liberal left to outlaw BOX CUTTERS??? I can’t believe that as smart as you people in here are supposed to be, that you could be so ignorant! Unless of coarse you have an agenda…… Anything to stick it to those redneck hick republicans right?

    1. J Clifford says:

      John , can you read? Try the last paragraph again.

      The point is the Louis Gohmert can’t get his facts straight.

      You can’t get your facts straight either. There is no large scale threat of attacks against you by “Muslim lunatics”, so stop hyperventilating and throwing a hissy fit. You don’t have to be a terrified ninny running to your guns every time someone somewhere says boo.

      Learn to exercise some self control, will you? You may have the right to bear arms, but we also have the right to point out that your reasons for doing so are idiotic.

      1. John says:

        Sorry but I have a hard time making it all the way down to the last paragraph most of the time. Idiocracy doesn’t sit well in my stomach and I usually find myself quite nauseous after receiving a heaping plate full of hot idiocracy about halfway down the column. I just assume they’re going to finish out the same way. Silly me

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