After news broke on Oct. 3 that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint and tied up in her rented apartment in Paris, France, by five men dressed as police officers, the National Rifle Association (NRA) mocked the victimized TV reality star.
The NRA tweeted: "Wait, criminals held @KimKardashian at gunpoint in Paris? How is that possible? Does anyone know if they passed a background check first?"
The Washington Post noted in November 2015 about the giant hole in France's gun control enforcement:
As the attacks in Paris over the weekend and other events like it have reminded us, it is far from impossible to illegally acquire a firearm in France. This flies in the face of France's strict gun laws. There is no right to bear arms in the country. To own a gun, you would need a hunting or sporting license, which needs to be repeatedly renewed and requires a psychological evaluation ...
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How did these weapons get into France if its laws forbid them? By likely a number of ways, but one stands out: Europe's border-control-free Schengen area. For years now, internal borders throughout much of mainland Europe have had no passport controls or baggage checks.
Talking Points Memo reports that the NRA kept the mockery up with more sarcastic tweets about background checks.
The news site also notes that Kardashian, who supports gun background checks, tweeted her disappointment in June when the U.S. Senate refused to pass a background check law:
"So sad! The senate voted against background checks being needed to buy guns. So terrorists on fbi's wanted lists can legally still buy guns."
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"Oh & mentally ill people can buy guns without a background check too."
"The fact that anyone can so easily access guns is so scary & after all of the devastating loss the Senate should have not failed us!!!"