Background checks like ‘trying to put lipstick on a pig,’ lawmaker says

“In 10 years, we’re still going to have school shootings, unless you propose real legislation,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). | AP Photo

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said Sunday background checks to purchase guns deliver “false senses of security,” comparing them to putting “lipstick on a pig.”

“I wish that background checks stopped criminals or stopped school shootings, but they don’t,” the Republican congressman said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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“You could put all the information you want” in the background check system, Massie said, but it wouldn’t stop a shooter.

“You’re trying to put lipstick on a pig,” he added.

“In 10 years, we’re still going to have school shootings, unless you propose real legislation,” Massie said.

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President Donald Trump recently proposed arming teachers in classrooms, an idea that Massie said he supported, in the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. But the president also has backed the idea of raising the age to purchase weapons like AR-15 from 18 to 21, which Massie called “ridiculous.”

“Think about this: You had a ban on assault rifles in 1999 when Columbine happened. … The so-called assault weapons ban, lasted from ’94 to 2004,” he said. “Columbine fell right in the middle of that. The assault weapons ban would do nothing to stop school shootings.”

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