Rev. Franklin Graham and other leading evangelical figures are publicly backing efforts to require background checks for all gun purchases, providing a shot in the arm to stalled congressional efforts to enact elements of President Barack Obama’s gun control plan.
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission told TIME they have agreed to back universal background check legislation put forward by the administration in the wake of last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Yes, the Evangelicals are still batty, still saying crazy things (they want Obama to tax Hollywood studios and to use the money on the victims of gun violence), but we desperately need background checks and to close those gun show loopholes...
Boysen was released last Friday from the Monroe Correctional Facility in Washington state, where he served a year behind bars for burglary. His grandparents picked him up, drove him around running errands and held a gathering for family members at their home to welcome him back, said King County Sheriff John Urquhart. The next day, the grandparents were found dead.
After Boysen and his grandparents did not respond to phone calls Saturday, his mother drove over with a key to the house in Renton, Washington, near Seattle, and found the couple's bodies. Boysen and his grandparents' car were missing.
Authorities have not said how the victims were killed. A gun was not used, but the deaths were violent, they said. During the course of their investigation, detectives said they learned that Boysen had talked about killing his grandparents, acquiring guns and going after authority figures. He had searched the Internet for gun shows across the Pacific Northwest and Nevada.
The killer wanted guns. The killer wanted to kill more people with guns. And where do you go to buy guns if you have a criminal record? Gun shows.