Last week, a man in Kalamazoo, Michigan went on a shooting rampage, killing six people seemingly at random.
The suspected shooter is a man named Jason Dalton, who reportedly owns several firearms. Up until this point, Dalton had no criminal record and has apparently never been adjudicated mentally ill. In legal terms, this means that Dalton would have had no problem passing a background check to purchase his firearms.
Despite this fact, President Obama took time this week to suggest that his gun control measures make it more difficult for would-be spree shooters to acquire firearms.
Speaking to the National Governor’s Association, President Obama claimed:
As many of you read, six people were gunned down in a rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Before I joined all of you, I called the mayor, the sheriff, and the police chief there, and told them that they would have whatever federal support they needed in their investigation. Their local officials and first responders, by the way, did an outstanding job in apprehending the individual very quickly. But you got families who are shattered today.
Earlier this year, I took some steps that will make it harder for dangerous people, like this individual, to buy a gun.