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(1/8) For all those exploiting the tragedy in #Illinois and insisting that expanding a broken and ineffective background check system will prevent criminals from accessing guns. Please consider the #facts.
(2/8) In 1995, the shooter was convicted of a felony prohibiting him from owning a firearm. #facts
(3/8) In January of 2014, the prohibited shooter was issued a firearms license (Firearm Owner’s Identification Card - FOID) by the state of #Illinois. #facts
(4/8) On March 6, 2014, the shooter applied to purchase a handgun from a local gun dealer in Aurora and PASSED a background check. On March 11, 2014, after waiting the 72 hours required by #Illinois, the shooter took possession of the handgun. #facts
(5/8) On March 16, 2014, the shooter applied for a concealed carry permit. He was rejected because of his prior felony conviction and the state revoked his FOID card. #facts
(6/8) The authorities did not retrieve the firearm, nor did they arrest him for the multiple felonies he committed when purchasing the firearm. #facts
(7/8) Five years later on February 15, 2019, he committed a mass shooting, and within minutes, the gun control lobby was citing the shooting as evidence that we must pass "universal" background checks and other “sensible” gun control. #facts
(8/8) Illinois already has "universal" background checks, gun licensing, and many other restrictive gun control laws. How is this case an example of why we need "universal" background checks (or any other restrictive gun control laws for that matter)? #facts
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