Earlier this year, Dylann Roof was arrested and charged for felony possession of the prescription-only drug Suboxone. His case is still pending. Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms. Yet, here’s how a glaringly misleading Washington Post headline characterizes this federal prohibition: “The legal loophole that allowed Dylann Roof to get a gun.”
The piece, you may not be surprised, doesn’t offer a single “legal loophole” that allowed Dylann Roof to obtain a gun. It only offers up examples of laws that Roof ignored. And, as my colleague Sean Davis has argued, lack of gun control laws didn’t cause the Charleston shooting.