I would love to post a Comment of the Day by a full-throated and honest advocate of new gun control measures that will “stop gun violence,” but have yet to read one that isn’t a poorly-veiled attack on the Second Amendment. On the other side, we have Rusty Rebar, one of many Second Amendment advocates on various post-Las Vegas Strip massacre threads here, who registered a tough indictment of the “do something!” anti-gun lobby.
Here is his Comment of the Day on the post, Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/3/2017: In the Wake Of Las Vegas…
“Hell, the NRA used to support background checks, although they no longer do. What’s changed? Why is there that disconnect?”
I think this is attributable to the gun control crowd. The NRA used to be more conciliatory when it came to “common sense” laws. But the gun control crowd kept pushing and pushing, and the NRA has basically said “not one more inch”. So now, even something that is considered “common sense” to everyone will get no traction, because the gun control crowd kept pushing things.
I have said this before, and will recap here. There is a way to do background checks that will be acceptable, and even preferable, to everyone, but the gun control crowd would never allow it.
First, we need to understand the purpose of a background check is to determine if the person buying the gun is legally eligible to do so, nothing more, nothing less. That is not what gun control proponents want though, they want more, they want a registry of all purchases. That is beyond the scope of a background check.
So, my easy solution: Make available a system when someone who wishes to purchase a firearm can request a background check (via the web, or phone). Once that has cleared, they get a confirmation code. When you go to then buy a firearm, the seller can call in, enter the confirmation code, and look at the identification of the buyer. They system would say, they are eligible (or not), they ID would match.. boom they are checked. Make the check good for 30/60/90 days — whatever. A private seller could use this system as well, currently a private seller does not even have the ability to check even if they wanted. There is no need to talk about the actual firearm being purchased, this is a background check, not a registry (currently you need to put the serial number and description of the firearm on that form — why?). I think this solves what people are concerned about, at least on the pro gun side. It also solves what the anti-gun side “says” they want… but not what they actually want.
“Gun proponents don’t believe control advocates when they say “We aren’t coming for your guns” when they knee jerk the same chorus to every tragedy…”
With good reason. They say “we aren’t coming for your guns” with one breath, and with the next give you a list of banned guns. Tell that to the SKS owners in California. Tell that to AR owners in California, or New York. “We don’t want to ban your guns” — then they put up legislation to ban all center-fire semi-automatics. “We will not come door to door looking for your guns” — we will just ban something, then when we come out on a noise complaint in 3 years and search your house without a warrant we will find it and throw you in prison — even if you are law-abiding otherwise.
Give me a break. There is no credibility from these people.
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