Mike Rowe slams Obama on guns: Don’t expand a ‘broken system’

by Jessica Chasmar  |  published on January 19, 2016

CNN host Mike Rowe slammed President Obama for his executive action on gun control, calling the National Instant Criminal Background Check System a “broken system” that relies on “laughably incomplete” data.

The former “Dirty Jobs” host, who now leads CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” said in a Facebook post Friday that he supports background checks on gun purchases, but remains skeptical whether “expanding a broken system is the best way to keep guns away from bad guys and lunatics.”

“Currently, thousands of people deemed mentally incompetent by the courts are NOT registered in our National Check System,” Mr. Rowe wrote. “That’s insane, if you’ll pardon the irony, in part because it’s so easily correctible [sic]. Likewise, The ATF says that most states report less than 80% of their felony convictions to the national system. As a result, nearly 7 million convicted felons are not currently registered. Is it any surprise that nearly every mass killer in recent memory passed a background check?

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