It is an article of faith that closing the “gun-show loophole” would make America a safer place. But that is what it is: faith. In 2008, three criminologists (one of them not at all friendly to guns) studied the effects on murder and suicide rates in California (which prohibits private sales without a background check) and Texas (which does not). They looked at homicide and suicide rates for adjacent ZIP codes for a week after gun shows. They found no change in suicide rates, and in Texas, which has no restrictions on private party sales,
Since criminals in general, and mass murderers in particular, prefer to steal guns instead of purchasing them, wouldn´t it be far more effective to stop gun violence, by making the purchase of gun safes tax deductible?
The gun shows I have attended over the years had licensed gun dealers selling the guns. And in Pennsylvania, if I buy a pistol or revolver from a private party, we have to go to a licensed dealer the go through the background check required under that 1968 law. Not a big deal for me. But the biggest problem with president zero, (other than that inappropriate high fiving he gave the four children) is that he has not proposed anything that would have saved one life at Sandy Point. He is a perpetual campaigner of the worst sort. And he is creating a crisis to take advantage of it.
Gun shows notwithstanding, in most of the country private sales are going to continue apace with no background checks required. All the background checks in the world are not going to keep guns out of the hands of determined criminals. Determined criminals are smart enough to find a zillion ways to avoid background checks.
#6, the severely mentally ill generally are not determined criminals. Instead, they have delusions. If they can´t do something in line with the delusion, it isn´t likely they will have the presence of mind to dream up alternatives.
Seasoned criminals...yes, they will find another way. But if we make it harder for the seriously mentally ill to get hold of guns, we will save lives.
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