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Virginia Republican totally fails at explaining opposition to gun background checks: ‘Paperwork and stuff’

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Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA)

One Virginia Congressman with an “A” rating from the NRA refused to answer why he doesn’t support universal background checks for all guns or gun registration.

During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) was asked over and over why he didn’t support background checks or gun registration. Over and over he refused to say. Oddly enough, he touted his legislation with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) that would require the military to update their records for background checks.

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“I do not think that you’re going to be able to enforce that as right now we can’t enforce all the laws,” Taylor said. “I don’t think you can do it. I have an issue with it. I’m not supporting it right now. That answers your question.”

Cuomo noted that there are many laws that are in place that are difficult to enforce and the judicial branch has managed to find ways. Taylor followed by saying he was “respectful” of Cuomo’s position but the host cut in to say his opinion didn’t matter.

“Why would you only have certain sales effected by background checks?” Cuomo asked. “I don’t get why that’s a good thing. It’s hard to enforce. That’s not a standard of whether or not you put the law in place. You put it in place and then you figure out how to enforce it.”

When prompted why he didn’t support universal background checks all Taylor would do is repeat his stance that he opposes it. When asked again why he opposes it, Taylor simply restated his position.

“But why don’t you support it?” Cuomo asked.

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“I don’t support universal background checks,” was all Taylor could come up with. “I don’t support you coming and me having to have a sale if it’s paperwork and stuff like that if I’m giving my gun to my son. I just don’t agree with that.”

The father, or owner of the gun, shouldn’t have to deal with bureaucracy before giving it to his own child, was Taylor’s argument. Cuomo argued if a father wanted to sell his son a boat or even a car that boat or car must also be “paperwork” as it is registered under the child’s name.

At one point, Taylor argued against background checks at gun shows saying Americans don’t want “knee-jerk reactions” to mass shootings, but mass shootings are nothing new and the call for gun regulation in wake of those tragedies is also not new.

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