CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota made a shocking suggestion about the Second Amendment after the Highland Park, Illinois Fourth of July parade mass shooting while speaking to former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Steve Moore.
Camerota said, “These suspects, these violent young men are starting to look alike. This guy, I mean, from Columbine through Sandy Hook, through Uvalde, now, now. Is it too much to ask, Steve, when one of these guys comes into a gun store, is it too much to ask the gun seller to do a cursory check on social media? Because had he, there was, um, a well of information on the violent ideation that this guy had.”
First of all, it’s unreasonable and unthinkable to place constitutional rights in the hands of gun store retailers. Legislation through government bodies dictates the purchase and sale of firearms, not individuals who hold little to no authority.
Camerota doesn’t seem to understand the process of purchasing a firearm. That’s not entirely surprising because there have been catchphrases like the “gun show loophole” that have been floating around for years that suggest anyone can legally purchase a firearm without a background check. Still, Camerota needs to learn how to purchase a firearm before she criticizes the process.
Luckily, Moore had a sensible response to Camerota. “Well, the problem is that they’re not really asked to, and they’re not really allowed to, in some ways. They are retail merchants.”
Moore compared gun sales to alcohol sales and said, “The gatekeepers are the government, essentially. It is not the retail establishment.”
After not getting her way, Camerota asked, “Is there no such thing as a database where a gun seller can look to see if somebody’s recently, in the past day, purchased an AR-15? Would that help, commissioner?”
There’s no procedure that will allow someone to purchase a firearm faster or slower than they previously have. The same background check applies to each purchase. On that note, an individual may not be able to purchase a firearm the day they try, the next day, or even the day after. A waiting period of 72 hours is sometimes necessary to conduct the background check effectively to include criminal convictions, civil procedures, and mental health issues that would cause someone to fail the background check and be ineligible for purchase.
Similar to what Camerota is suggesting, California just had private gun owners’ information leaked from the Attorney General’s office.
Ramsey responded, “Well, it would help if there was some kind of database, but also, where’s the law that says you can’t buy, you know, guns in different places? I mean, we need to really sit and think through what we want. What’s the balance?”
Ramsey called out Camerota’s suggestion as drastic and to be honest, how much government intervention do people really want on social media and in their private purchases?
Ramsey did say that gun laws need to change, and added that the justice system is letting firearm offenders out of jail. Ramsey said, “And so we’ve got to look at the entire system. We want to blame everything just on guns. We got to look at the people who are using these guns.”
Camerota didn’t seem to understand that firearm ownership has no correlation to mass shootings and you can’t profile someone just because of the way they look. Luckily she was corrected live on air.