After the shooting in Alexandria, VA, in which a far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporter shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), the Left naturally blamed the gun and tried to use the shooting as a way to advocate for gun control. However, the FBI's report on the shooting actually proves that further gun control wouldn't have stopped the shooting.
Charles Cooke points out in National Review that according to the FBI's report, the shooter, James Hodgkinson, purchased a SKS 7.62mm caliber rifle and 9mm pistol in Illinois, a state that has the harsh gun laws that the Left calls for. Not only was each gun purchased after obtaining a background check, Hodgkinson had to obtain a license to even own a gun, which is mandatory for all gun owners in the state.
Hodgkinson was able to obtain these guns despite his previously facing charges of domestic abuse because, as Cooke pointed out, Hodgkinson was never convicted on those charges. Without a conviction, Illinois had to treat him as someone who was "innocent under the law."
Additionally, neither gun has ever been designated as an assault weapon, so Hodgkinson would have still been able to legally purchase those weapons even if the assault weapons ban that was signed into law under President Clinton was still intact.
Cooke also notes that open carry is prohibited on the baseball field where the shooting took place, nullifying the leftist argument that Virginia's open-carry laws were to blame for the shooting.
In other words, everything short of a gun ban wasn't enough to prevent Hodgkinson from obtaining his weapons. Even if a gun ban were in place, Hodgkinson may have still have found a way to get ahold of those guns since gun bans have proven to be failures.
If anything, the Alexandria shooting proved that less gun control is the solution, as Hodgkinson was only stopped due to security firing back at him. As Jordyn Pair wrote in The Federalist, "Stopping lawbreakers from obtaining firearms is not possible. Disarming citizens doesn't also disarm criminals. And the best defense against a gun is another gun."
Once again, the facts do not support the arguments of gun control zealots.