Calls For Universal Background Checks Sound Good, But Little Evidence They Stop Mass Shootings

Most mass shooters legally purchase their firearms, including with background checks

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In the wake of the recent deadly mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., gun control supporters have renewed demands for universal gun background checks throughout the United States, despite years of data indicating that nearly all major mass shooting events would be unaffected by such policies.

The Boulder shooting came on the heels of last week’s Atlanta mass shooting. Together, the two incidents claimed a combined 18 lives.

President Joe Biden himself called on lawmakers to “close the loopholes in our background check system,” including what’s popularly known as the “Charleston loophole,” through which individuals can purchase a gun without a background check if the FBI fails to process the check within three days of receiving it.

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