Gun-rights group calls background checks ‘utter failure’ after failing to flag Dylann Roof

by Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times  |  published on July 11, 2015

That Dylann Roof was able to purchase a firearm despite a drug arrest comes as evidence that background checks have been an “utter failure,” says a leading gun-rights group.

“Background checks for purchasing firearms have been an utter failure,” said Gun Owners of America spokesman Erich Pratt in a statement. “Arguing that we can make background checks better to stop criminals from getting guns is the very definition of insanity.”

FBI director James Comey said Friday that the National Instant Check System failed to pick up Roof’s admitting to possession of a controlled substance following a March 1 arrest in Columbia, South Carolina.

  • Luke

    Does anyone think the policies of gov’t is ever a success..Nearly every entity or dept. of gov’t is either corrupt or a failure and usually both..
    Nothing could have prevent that guy from getting a gun, the inner city killings prove that but I guess the liberal mind thinks the gang bangers buy guns from wal-mart or gun dealer..

  • Mike N

    The old saying is true that when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. This is a case in point.

  • jerry young

    the other day I read the FBI stated he obtained the gun illegally, so what is the truth in one post he got it illegally and in this one he bought the gun through legal channels? the media will never publish the real truth! even if he did get it legally it’s not the laws fault it’s the person doing the background check, new laws will do little to nothing to stop someone from obtaining weapons, the laws we have just need to be enforced and the people involved need to be held accountable for not doing their job properly, criminals will always find a way around laws look at obama he end runs around every law or rule in America and no one says a thing, so once again new laws will do nothing to stop the problem if we don’t enforce the laws we have

    • NotJim

      “no one”

      Speak for yourself!

      • jerry young

        this was my post I did not say you had to be ok with it if you don’t like what I said so what ! I posted it not you, I spoke for no one but myself, where did you read I spoke for anyone else?

        • NotJim

          You said, “… no one says a thing (about 0bama’s lawlessness)”.

          Well, I certainly have. And so have you. Are you “no one”?

          According to Rasmussen Reports, 39% of those polled “strongly disapprove” of this Administration. I think it’s safe to say that many, many of those have “said a thing” (or two). A great many would like to see him arrested and deported.

          • jerry young

            let me clarify my statement by no one I meant the media, I and a lot of others like you voice our opinion

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