Shannon Watts and her gun prohibitionist bullies at Moms Demand Action have a very bad problem of being almost completely unable to tell the truth.
The murder of Jitka Vesel is a horrible story of a jilted ex-boyfriend turned stalker named Dmitry Smirnov who hunted down and killed Vesel for rejecting him, but Moms Demand lied in a recent claim to the Facebook page when they said that non-citizens are banned from buying firearms, a fact that even the most cursory research would have easily uncovered with a simple Google search.
As it actually occurred, Smirnov was not legally allowed to purchase a gun from anyone, either a regular citizen or a FFL, due to his immigrant status. There was no “loophole,” only a very clear criminal purchase. He also bribed a homeless man in Spokane to buy the ammunition he could not legally purchase.
If Watts wants to talk about what might have deterred Dmitry Smirnov, she shouldn’t be focused on gun laws.
She should have looked at the fact that Smirnov researched Illinois’s then-recent decision to abolish the death penalty before deciding to carry out the murder. If they had not abolished the death penalty, Vesel might still be alive, as Smirnov feared the needle more than a life in prison. He asked for and accepted a life sentence.