In their more honest moments, anti-gun activists will readily admit that a more comprehensive government monitoring system of gun sales would have done nothing to prevent the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took place in December. The shooter had no criminal record before he killed, so he would have passed a criminal background check. The killer’s mother, who purchased the weapons, also was not a criminal. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., basically admitted background check’s were ineffective to CNN’s Candy Crowley when she asked him, “How would anything in the bill, as it currently stands, have stopped anything that went on in Newtown?” Blumenthal could not identify a single scenario that would have prevented Sandy Hook. Instead he said he would fight for amendments that would ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. Neither of these measures are expected to pass even the Senate and the 1994 “assault weapon” ban proved to be a complete failure.