August 19, 2022

CNN Suggests Gun Shops Ought to Check Buyers’ Social Media Pages Before Agreeing Sales

“is it too much to ask the gun seller to do the cursory check? “

In the wake of the shooting on July 4th at Highland Park, and the fact that the shooter had several disturbing posts on social media marketing prior to the attack, a CNN host suggested Tuesday that will gun shops should verify customers’ personal pages before agreeing to sell them guns.

CNN Newsroom co-host Alisyn Camerota  made the suggestion while interviewing former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and previous FBI supervisory special broker Steve Moore.

Camerota noted that “ these suspects … are starting to look alike, ” before suggesting “ is it a lot of to ask the weapon seller to do a general check on social media? ”

Moore had to explain to the host that privacy laws do still exist in the U. S. and that it isn’t the role of retailers to profile Americans.

“ They’re not necessarily allowed to, in some ways. They are store merchants, ” he said, before comparing the situation to asking liquor store proprietors to check Facebook before marketing booze to potential alcoholics.

“ The gatekeepers are the government, basically. It is not the retail institution, ” Moore stated.

When Camerota ignored Moore’s point and said the liquor thing was obviously a good analogy because it is the law not to serve liquor to already inebriated people, he again had to clarify that it isn’t the job associated with gun sellers to profile.

The host then asked Ramsey “ Is there no such matter as a database where a weapon seller can look to see if a persons recently, in the past day, bought an AR-15? Would that help, commissioner? ”

Ramsey responded, “ where’s the law that states you can’t buy, you know, weapons in different places? I mean, we have to really sit and consider what we want. What’s the balance? ”  


As we highlighted previously this week , People in New York who want a license for the gun will be required to hand over their social media history to be able to pass a “ character and conduct” test below new legislation.

Applicants for a gun permit in the state will now be asked to display, “ the essential character, temperament, and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and the like. ”

That includes handing over all of their social networking profiles they have maintained in the last three years, with authorities given the opportunity to trawl through every single political opinion and lifestyle choice the applicant provides posted.

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