Former Colorado State Senator Angela Giron appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC to discuss the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and her continued efforts to see stricter gun controls put in place.
Giron, who was recalled last week because of her role in pushing tougher gun laws in her state, made some rather curious statements.
First, the failed former senator (who blames “voter suppression” for her recall loss) apparently thinks that the National Rifle Association works for gun manufacturers.
The NRA “is no longer a gun owner’s organization. It’s a manufacturer’s organization,” she said. “And that’s how they’re benefiting. If you look at their board members, they’re all manufacturers; they’re all making money. And I think that the more we can inform people and inform NRA members about what’s really going on here.”
Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron waves to supporters as she gives her concession speech after she lost in a recall vote in Pueblo, Colo., Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013. Two Colorado state lawmakers who backed gun-control measures in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut last year have been ousted in recall elections. (Credit: AP)
Second, the former senator is under the impression that everyone at the Washington Navy Yard is armed.
“And people are dying because of greed and their continuing to convince people that more guns equals safety. And in this case in particular, we can look at, it was a Navy Yard. You couldn’t have any more armed people than in that case right there,” she said.
But the ex-senator is mistaken. The Navy Yard has strict rules concerning firearms on base.
Indeed, as noted by TheBlaze’s Oliver Darcy, “most military personnel are forbidden from carrying firearms on military bases.”
Giron also said the shooter, Aaron Alexis, most likely would’ve failed a background check had he legally tried to purchase the firearm used in Monday's shooting spree.
“Well in fact we know that in this particular case that this man who went and gunned down people would probably not have passed a background check had he went to purchase some firearms,” she said.
“So I mean what we’ve said all along is, well there is no perfect law, but certainly universal background checks, which 90 percent of Americans agree to and believe in, as well as 60 some percent of NRA members, and limiting capacity to 15 that is so reasonable,” she added.
This claim is also inaccurate. Alexis reportedly passed a federal background check at the gun shop that sold him the shotgun -- and let’s not forget about his multiple military background checks and IDs.
Keep in mind all of this information about the Navy Yard's firearm policies and Alexis passing background checks was known before Giron appeared Tuesday on MSNBC.
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