“Mass shooters didn’t use guns from the internet or gun shows,” says Rubio: :: WRAL.com

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said strict gun regulations would not prevent crimes such as the May 24 shooting in Ovaldi, Texas.

“None of these mass shootings was bought at a gun show or on the internet,” Rubio said on May 25. “If people wanted to do that, we could have that discussion, but don’t associate it with these horrific events. They have nothing to do with it. “.

Rubio told reporters he would not support expanding background checks for commercial sales, such as gun shows, saying the issue had nothing to do with mass shootings.

We wondered if Rubio’s characterization of where to obtain firearms from high-profile shootings was accurate. Research shows that is not the case.

Rubio did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Many firearms used in mass shootings were purchased at online gun shows

2015 Nonpartisan Report Congressional Research Service He defined a “mass mass shooting” as a multiple murder incident in which four or more victims are killed by firearms.

According to this criterion, there were 66 mass shootings from 1999 to 2013. A more recent analysis from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety 274 mass shootings have been listed since 2009.

Contrasting Rubio’s claim, PolitiFact found several cases where a high-profile shooter obtained his or her weapons at an armed show or on the Internet.

In 1999, for example, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold—the individuals behind the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado—obtained their firearms in gun show with help 18 years.

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Judy Lee Hunt, a convicted criminal, purchased a firearm through a private seller in Facebook. In 2014, Hunt used the gun to kill his ex-girlfriend, business owner, and two others in West Virginia.

Federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks on potential buyers. However, federal law does not impose this requirement on unlicensed sellers, who generally sell guns online or at gun shows.

It should be noted that some licensed firearms dealers sell online or at gun shows, and they run background checks on their sales. It is the seller’s license status that determines whether or not there is a check.

Rubio’s broader point was that extending the background check requirement to unlicensed sellers would not prevent mass shootings, arguing that such sales are not linked to such crimes. Experts, however, do not agree with this argument.

Focusing solely on mass shootings misses the bigger picture of the crimes in which these weapons appear, said John Donoghue, a Stanford University law professor who offers a robust data approach to gun crime.

“Every day murderers and criminals are buying their guns without going through a background check,” Donohue told PolitiFact. “Because an 18-year-old mass murderer in Ovaldi purchased his gun directly from a licensed dealer is no reason to oppose closing a serious loophole in US law.”

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“None of these mass shootings were purchased at a gun show or on the Internet,” Rubio said.

PolitiFact has found several cases where firearms used in a mass shooting were purchased online or at a gun show. A notable example is the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Rubio provided no evidence to support his assertion.

We classify his claim wrong.