Republican Congressman Calls for Expanded Federal Gun Control Following CA Killing Spree
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has never been thought of as being a friend to the Second Amendment. The “conservative” King, has long supported passing additional federal gun control legislation and was one of the authors of last year’s failed universal background check legislation.
Now, it seems King is once again calling for increased gun laws in the wake of the recent Isla Vista killing spree (notice I said killing spree, not shooting spree, as half of the victims in this case were actually stabbed to death).
According to the Washington Post,
Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday that Friday’s deadly rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara underscores why expanded background checks for firearm sales are needed and said he hopes to pursue legislation to enhance mental health screening.
“This tragedy demonstrates once again the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill,” King said in an interview with The Washington Post.
King, who represents a suburban Long Island district and is one of the GOP’s most prominent gun-control advocates, also pushed Republicans to buck powerful gun rights groups.
“Even though this issue may not be popular in particular congressional districts, if we want to be a national party, we ought to be looking closely at it,” he said.
Being from New York, I guess it’s understandable that Rep. King isn’t familiar with California’s gun laws, so let me break it down. California already has universal background checks on private transactions. California already has a 10 day waiting period on firearms transfers. California already has a mental health database that is used to construct a list of prohibited persons. California already has magazine limits. California already limits the types of firearms that can be purchased and owned. In most areas of California, especially urban areas, concealed carry is all but banned.
NONE of those measures did anything to stop the Isla Vista killer, who, once again, also used a knife and his car as weapons in his crime spree.