It seems so reasonable. In the minds of many, "universal background checks" for firearms transactions sounds like a good idea. But is it really? No. No idea is good if it doesn´t work. No legislation is reasonable if it fails to accomplish its purported goal — to prevent violent criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Criminals won´t participate in a "universal" system. They´ll always steal or get their guns, and everything else they want, on the black market. Reasonable people know that criminals will never be part of the "universe."
Comments: But Wayne??? Don´t you understand? In a liberal´s mind, if something doesn´t work, that just means you have to do more of it!!!
Your arguments are stupid, LaPierre. The issue is: can someone purchase a gun, legally, today with zero attempt at a background check? The answer is: Yes.
Those who favor universal checks would like to see this loophole closed. Yes, there will still be ´bad guys´ who circumvent the rules. Yes, there will be some people with mental illness who don´t get put on the ´do not sell´ list. But it makes no sense to have 60% of gun sellers subject to using the lists to check and leaving the other 40% with zero responsibility to check.
It takes perhaps 60 seconds to check if a name is on the list. We know felons are already using this loophole to get more guns. We know that people with mental illness use the loophole. Get rid of the loophole. It won´t inconvenience honest, responsible owners anymore than the current checking...and it will save lives.
Will it work? Not likely. It is pretty much unenforceable, unless you want to divert scarce resources and have BATFE agents conducting stings to snare a few mostly law abiding citizens who decide they don´t want to be bothered with yet another layer of bureaucratic hassle in their lives. Effect on crime rates will essentially be zero. Criminals will still get their guns.
The gun grabbers know this. This is just another incremental step to the ultimate goal of a total ban and confiscation. When this doesn´t work it will on to the next "common sense" level.
The libs make such a big deal out of the "gun show loophole" which is just private citizens engaging in legal commerce. Few criminals get their guns this way, despite what the bed-wetters think.
The expression "slippery slope" is a cliche. Liberals love to use it to dismiss 2nd Amemdment advocates as paranoid. Second Amendment advocates don´t trust big government and have legitamate concerns about the incremental confiscation of individual liberties. Democrats don´t care about safety. Their objective is control. Universal registeati
Although I am against universal background checks and I´d like to see the imaginary 40% number rebutted, do you think they would go for a system that was absolutely free of charge, no serial numbers or type or number of weapons involved, just a yes or no to whether a sale was allowed? Just a "proceed" or "deny" that would be appealable if you were denied? Just a common sense, reasonable background check? I´m sure it wouldn´t fly without the database aspect.
#1 So you acknowledge that ‘bad guys’ will circumvent the system, the ´mentally ill’ may not be on the ‘do not sell’ list…but you think the so-called ‘loop-hole’ should be closed anyway. It’s just another way for the government to log the ownership of weapons. (It’s called ‘registration.’ The first step toward confiscation.) Once this ‘loophole’ is closed,(surprise!) registration will require model and S/N, name and address of the seller and the buyer. Once the owner and location of the weapon is known it’s a simple task to require it to be turned in.
The truth is the government never will be able to control private sales of guns between individuals, no matter how many laws it passes. And the politicians with a lick of sense know it.
Background check without telling what kind of gun is being purchased, that would be better. The whole point is to be able to track every gun in every hand so that when time comes to take them all, they know where to go. And BTW - rabbit is one of those 35,000 ´operatives´ OFA has been lining up.
The old liberal mantra: "Better a thousand guilty men go free than one innocent man be condemned." Today it´s a scorched earth approach: everyone will be punished because a few cannot be trusted. Kinda takes you back to third grade when one of your fellow students broke a window in the bathroom. Unless someone fessed up, you all got punished and remained inside for recess. We have Nanny Bloomberg and Sister Mary Obama as our leaders. News flash to the troll: felons don´t need to buy guns at gunshows, they can steal them, borrow them from other felons or buy them off of the street. Background checks mean nothing to them.
#1, you mean the kind of ´background checks´ that the AZ gun dealer got from the DOJ? The check that ordered him to sell high cap weapons to gang members. What ever happened to EVERY person involved in that Fast and Furious operation? I find it repulsive that the same players in government who did something so obviously illegal, are now attempting to decide by fiat which Americans can defend themselves and what they can do with their property. Defend THAT.
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