Earlier this week we learned of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1.1 million anti-gun advertisement buy for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuiliffe. Bloomberg funneled the money into Virginia through his PAC, USA Independence and advertisements have been running on radio and television since Tuesday. One television ad in particular targets the “gun show loophole” and states in a voiceover, “The gun show loophole. It means anyone can buy a gun without a background check.” The ad shows photos of mass murders Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard) and James Holmes (Aurora Colorado theater) while implying these killers purchased their guns through this so-called “loophole.”
The problem? The ad is full of lies. None of the mass shooters mentioned purchased their guns at gun shows and many of them passed background checks. Bob Owens over at BearingArms has more:
Seung-Hui Cho bought both his Glock 19 9mm pistol and Walther P22 through a licensed federal firearms licensee and passed the FBI NICS background check system without a problem before going on his rampage in 2007.