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strong laws of some cities and states by obtaining guns in other states or jurisdictions with weaker gun laws where they can avoid a background check. Interstate trafficking is a critical problem, and requiring a background check for every gun sale reduces the flow of guns to criminals." Cunningham brings the issue to life: "Forty percent of gun purchasers get through without a background check. Of the sixty percent of people who received a background check in the last five years, two million people were prohibited from buying a gun. Two million. It's ridiculous. Ninety per- cent of the public and even eighty-six percent of the NRA support background checks." To humanize the statistics, U.S. Represent - ative Gabby Giffords' shooter would not have procured a gun if federal background checks were required. They are not in Arizona where Jared Lee Loughner, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, purchased the 9mm Glock pistol that he used to severely injure Giffords and thirteen other citizens and kill six peo- ple, including Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll as well as a nine-year-old bystander, Christina-Taylor Green. In his role as president of the IACP, Cunningham had the privilege to advise Obama and speak candidly about how to deal with complicated racial issues, including the July 2016 series of tragedies: the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, followed by Micah 75 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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