Well, that didn’t take long. The media is already pointing out that the Tsarnaev brothers, who are suspected of planting the bombs at the Boston Marathon and getting involved with a shootout with police, were not licensed to own firearms:
The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, who police say engaged in a gun battle with officers early Friday after a frenzied manhunt, were not licensed to own guns in the towns where they lived, authorities said on Sunday.
In the confrontation with police on the streets of a Boston suburb, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were armed with handguns, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities say.
But neither brother appears to have been legally entitled to own or carry firearms where they lived, a fact that may add to the national debate over current gun laws. Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to expand background checks on gun purchases, legislation that opponents argued would do nothing to stop criminals from buying guns illegally.
Let’s hold on just a second here. The Tsarnaev bothers didn’t legally obtain the firearms used during a shootout with police in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. For example, Massachusetts has banned so-called “assault weapons” and has limited magazines to 10 rounds (similar proposals failed last week in the United States Senate). Massachusetts also prohibits anyone under the 21-years-old from owning a handgun. Dzhokhar, who was apprehended on Friday evening, was 19.
Of course, they just allegedly killed three people and injured nearly 200 more, so they were going to be completely respective of laws that prevent them from owning and/or carrying firearms, right?
Despite the narrative being formed in the media in the aftermath of last week’s events simply do not bring the national debate on gun control laws back into the picture. If anything, the Tsarnaev brothers have highlighted why gun control laws don’t work.
No matter how restrictive guns laws are, criminals will still obtain firearms. They don’t care about the restrictions or background checks. These two guys were set on killing people in whatever manner they could, no law was going to prevent that.
H/T: Bruce McQuain