Let’s talk about “Universal Background Checks” for a moment. It is one of the most sought after ‘gun control’ laws; requiring everyone who sells a firearm to get a licensed dealer to run a check through the N.I.C.S.
The anti-rights cultists claim it will reduce the number of firearms in the hands of criminals.
However, McCarthy acknowledged aiming at assault weapons misses the mark when dealing with Chicago’s gang violence. The weapon used is generally a handgun and rarely is it purchased through legal channels. McCarthy wants to target straw purchasing, which is when legal gun buyers will purchase a weapon and then let it loose in the illegal market.
Guess it is like the Underpants Gnome Theory of Profit
But instead of profit we have ‘reduced gun crime’. The truth is even the anti-rights cultists know it will not stop criminals from getting firearms. In the State of Illinois, there is a de facto universal background check requirement in the form of their Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. Of course it doesn’t stop criminals, even the antis admit it.
“You buy ten 9 millimeters, then you walk out the door and you give them to whoever you want,” McCarthy said. “There is no accountability. Then, in a year, we recover your gun in a shooting, you say, ‘well I lost it.’ … That’s the end of it. There’s nothing we can do about it.
That behavior won’t change for those already breaking the law by making a straw purchase. That should be obvious ! And it is to all those not lying to themselves and to America.
The F.B.I. reports there were N.I.C.S. reports there was a record number of background checks last year. How many?
Just in 2012; 19.5 MILLION. I know that number does not represent the actual number of firearms sold* but let’s just use it as a base line for now. And yet less than 8,600 homicides involved firearms. That is 0.044% of total number of checks performed in 1 year.
Since 1998, there have been nearly 120 Million checks (PDF alert) performed through the N.I.C.S. system; that is after taking out administrative checks, checks for carry permits, etc.
So, how does doubling, tripling or more the number of checks stop some thug from getting a firearm?
The truth is it doesn’t. The anti-rights cultists should stop saying it will. There are many things we can do to lower the crime rate. Calling for something that increases costs, hassle and won’t work shouldn’t be one of them.
Please join the discussion.
*Some states require private sales to be approved through the system reducing the number of new firearms on one hand. On the other hand, purchases of multiple firearms can be approved by one check and in some states (such as Texas) those with a license to carry are not required to undergo a N.I.C.S. approval process – so the number is probably low.