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Conservatives: Social media checks for gun buyers would violate 1st, 2nd Amendments

November 05, 2018 - 2:05 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Conservatives are slamming a piece of proposed legislation that would let the government dip into a person's social media background before allowing them to purchase a gun.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Senator Kevin Parker are pushing for a state law that would require authorities to look at three years of social media posts, and one year of internet searches, before granting approval for a gun license.

Adams said such a check could have prevented the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“The shooter in Pennsylvania had no criminal flags. You would have thought this person was a model citizen until you examined his social media profile,” Adams said. “He was a broken citizen. He was a time bomb waiting to explode, and that is why it’s important to do this type of review.”

Adams says racist, anti-social, or violent posts, as well as those exhibiting potentially violent behavior from an emotionally disturbed person, or an imminent threat to public safety would meet the standard for concern.

The proposal met fierce backlash from conservatives on social media. Radio host and author Dana Loesch suggested that it was an attack on both the First and Second Amendments, and could disqualify those who get into arguments on platforms like Twitter.

"This would disqualify the people in my mentions who can’t disagree civilly. Aside from that, some are fine in going for the 1st to take the 2nd," she wrote.

Actor James Woods was blunt with his assessment as well.

"Has even one of these numbskulls ever browsed a dictionary and come across the word, “infringed?” he asked.

A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said if there is a piece of legislation it will be reviewed.