Since alleged shooter Aaron Alexis had already been vetted by the federal government and granted a SECRET security clearance, I’m not exactly sure what sort of background check California Sen. Dianne Feinstein thinks could have prevented yesterday’s tragedy. Last I checked, the process for such a security clearance is pretty comprehensive…
Alas, this is her claim today. Via The DC:
“We’re talking about a background check which would have picked up this person if, in fact, he did have three gun incidents that got into the system in terms of reports, he would’ve been picked up and denied the ability to have a gun,” Feinstein told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday.
But Feinstein said she was “not optimistic right now” that any legislation of the sort could be passed in the Senate, much less in the Republican-controlled House.
“I’m going to have my hair done this morning and there’s somebody outside the salon waiting for me who says, ‘Are you going to try and take our guns away again?’ With, you know, malevolence. It’s that attitude, that, the lack of, I guess, care and concern about the survival of the general public so that somebody can have a house full of weapons.”
In another blow to anti-gun zealots, the FBI has confirmed that Alexis purchased his weapon legally in the state of Virginia — it’s not one of those “illegal guns” Michael Bloomberg and his mayor friends are so worried about.