Shocker: Tough Gun Control Laws Didn't Impede Boston Bombers

It turns out that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev not only didn’t have license to purchase weapons in Massachusetts, home to some of the toughest gun laws in the nation according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but they wouldn’t have qualified to own guns if they had applied.

Yet, somehow they still managed to get their hands on guns anyway and wreak havoc with them:

The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon and engaging in a massive firefight with police last week weren’t licensed to own guns, according to a report.

Cambridge, Mass., police told Reuters they had not issued a gun license to 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after the firefight. The police departments in both Cambridge and Dartmouth said they didn’t issue 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a firearms identification card, which would’ve allowed him to own rifles holding less than 10 rounds and shotguns. Dzhokhar, who is under 21, wasn’t eligible for a regular handgun license. …

During their rampage Thursday night and Friday morning, the two brothers had pistols, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities said. The pair shot and killed an MIT police officer, Sean Collier, and committed a carjacking before entering the firefight with police. A transit police officer was wounded in the exchange.

Gun control doesn’t stop criminals from getting guns. It stops law-abiding citizens from getting guns.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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