Updated: May 20, 2020
We all know that March set a record for NICS background checks. We also know that thousands upon thousands of people purchased their very first gun. Many anti-gunners are all about using social media to find “suspected“ people that might be dangerous when buying a firearm. An example is this proposal in New York.
Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun?
That’s a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who publish violent or hate-filled posts.
Another example was one in Illinois:
That’s why Didech is proposing gun buyers reveal their public social media accounts to Illinois police before they’re approved for a firearm license.
“A lot of people who are having mental health issues will often post on their social media pages that they’re about to hurt themselves or others,” Didech said. “We need to give those people the help they need.”
Pro-gun groups are outraged.
“When people look at this everyone who has a Facebook account or email account or Twitter account will be incensed or should be,” said Richard Pearson with the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The rep that introduced that bill is a proud MDA member
Here’s my proposal: If you’re an FFL and you suspect someone is anti-gun (nervous around guns, uses anti-gun terminology, doesn’t know basic firearm laws on both the state and federal level, etc), perhaps do a social media check on them to determine if they’re anti-gun or have supported anti-gunners in the past. If they have, deny the sale/transfer so they can see that sellers have the power to stop a sale if they see fit (Re: Mark Kelly when he tried to pull the stunt when buying an AR-15). I mean, the antis are the ones that up until this crisis have been calling us all terrorists and “gun nuts”, so do they really NEED a gun? Hell, maybe make it mandatory to pay for a membership to a pro-gun organization when buying a firearm (unless you can show you already are a member of one).
Giving them a taste of their own medicine is not a bad thing. What’s the worst that can happen, a lawsuit? Yeah, I’m sure Everytown and lefty activist lawyers will be all over that Lol!