Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and regular contributor to the NRA’s online TV network, claimed that laws against guns, murder, rape, burglary and robbery are useless because criminals don’t obey laws.
Bongino went on his bizarre rant during an appearance on the Fox News show “Outnumbered”:
Criminals don’t care about your gun laws. They don’t give a damn. They don’t care about rape laws, robbery laws, homicide laws, burglary laws, gun laws, or anything else.
I don’t know why you think a supply-side measure meant to limit criminals who simply get them off the street and openly mock gun laws!
One of the co-hosts accurately told Bongino that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz legally bought an AR-15-style rifle through a licensed gun dealer.
Bongino claimed there were “already laws” that should have stopped Cruz from getting a gun, such as the Baker Act.
The New Yorker reports how the Baker Act could not have stopped Cruz from buying a guns, thanks to one Republican:
In Florida, under a state law known as the Baker Act, the police can send people considered a danger to themselves or others for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation and hold them for up to seventy-two hours.
But, in 2009, Bill McCollum, a Republican and then the state’s attorney general, issued an advisory opinion saying that, “in the absence of an arrest and criminal charge,” law-enforcement officials did not have the authority to hold onto weapons confiscated from people in such situations.