On a day in which the Senate’s vote on gun control legislation vied for media attention with new developments in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell drew a direct link between the two stories by blaming the National Rifle Association for complicating the FBI’s efforts “to find the murderer who planted the bombs here in Boston.”
“There are new developments in the bombing investigation here in Boston, but that investigation could be moving faster were it not for the successful lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association,” O’Donnell said at the top of his 10 p.m. program.
“The NRA’s effort to guarantee that America’s mass murderers are the best equipped mass murderers in the world is not limited to those who use automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. The NRA is also in the business of helping bombers get away with their crimes,” O’Donnell continued. “Gunpowder could be traced by investigators to a buyer at the point of sale if gunpowder contained a taggant — an element that would enable tracing of the purchase of gunpowder. But thanks to the National Rifle Association, identification taggants are required by law only in plastic explosives.”
“The NRA has successfully blocked any requirements for such taggants in gunpowder, so such supremely helpful evidence as taggants are not available to the FBI in this investigation,” O’Donnell said.
In an unforgettably busy news day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued its open and ongoing investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, while the Senate voted to reject Senators Manchin and Toomey’s amendment to expand background checks on guns.
Earlier in the evening, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted that less than 3,000 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks over the last 42 years, while almost 900,000 Americans have been killed by guns in the last 32 years.