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ABC: The Case Against Gun Background Checks

From ABC News:

The Case Against Gun Background Checks

By Chris Good | April 10, 2013

… To many, the idea of preventing criminals from buying guns seems like a no-brainer, regardless of whether they’re stopped at gun stores, as current background checks have successfully done, or at gun shows or from private sellers, where background checks aren’t required. Still, Congress is hung up.

Some Republicans have balked at universal background checks. The National Rifle Association opposes them. Why?

What are those crazy Republicans thinking?

Here are a few arguments that have been offered up against the most popular move Congress could make on gun control. Underpinning most of the arguments is a similar idea, usually from conservatives: that universal background checks aren’t worth an expansion of government power.

Few prosecutions of denied gun buyers… According to Justice Department statistics supplied by the office of Sen. John Cornyn, out of more than 76,000 denials in 2010, 62 were referred for prosecution, and 13 resulted in guilty pleas or verdicts….

In 2010, there were over 15,000 felons and fugitives who tried to illegally purchase guns. Of those 15,000, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44.

There are already enough gun laws. At the same hearing in February, NRA’s LaPierre argued that more robust prosecution of criminals for gun crimes would be more effective than instituting universal background checks. “The fact is, we could dramatically cut crime in this country with guns and save lives all over this country if we would start enforcing the 9,000 federal laws we have on the books,” LaPierre said.

And, in fact, as we have previously noted, the cities with the loudest proponents of more federal gun laws, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, have by far the lowest rates of prosecution for federal gun crimes.

They’re an invasion of privacy. As opponents of gun control warn about privacy issues, background checks are tangled up with another proposal, that records of gun sales must be kept… [Even] the American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns about both records and background checks. “You just worry that you’re going to see searches of the databases and an expansion for purposes that were not intended when the information was collected,” Chris Calabrese, an ACLU privacy lobbyist, told The Daily Caller last week…

And, in fact, universal background checks for any and all gun sales and transfers amounts to a universal registry. In fact, it is just more invasive and onerous.

They might be too broad. Another concern raised by the ACLU’s Calabrese was that, if a “transfer” of guns is defined too broadly, people with good intentions could unwittingly become criminals… The Heritage Foundation has said it is wary of any bill that would ban loaning guns to friends at gun ranges or on hunting trips.

This is not accidental. It is very handy for the government if laws are so broad that anyone can be considered a criminal, if ‘necessary.’

Criminals don’t submit to background checks. This argument sounds a bit tautological, but the NRA argues that most criminals don’t get their guns from stores, but on a black market…

It isn’t tautological. It is perfect logic. If criminals are going to use guns to rob and shoot and murder people, they aren’t going to be stopped by any laws requiring background checks.

The stories of criminals who bought guns that would be prevented by universal background checks are, in many cases, heartbreaking. In 2009, the Brady Center released a report entitled “No Check, No Gun,” disputing many of the cases made against universal background checks and chronicling instances in which they would have saved lives.

By 2009, the group argued, background checks had blocked more than 1.6 million prohibited purchasers from buying guns.

Notice that ABC News couldn’t resist undercutting all of these arguments with these supposedly devastating figures from the gun control fanatics at the Brady Center.

Even if these numbers and stories aren’t made up, how do we know that background checks would have stopped any of them? A background check would not have stopped Adam Lanza. He stole his mother’s guns.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “ABC: The Case Against Gun Background Checks”

  1. Astravogel

    And in the news today, Missouri just gave the Feds the
    complete records of all 185,000 Concealed Carry licensees,
    AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHO REQUESTED THEM!!
    The liberals don’t understand why we’re concerned? Sheesh!


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