Skip to comments.Friday Was Full of Good Information on the Failings of "Universal Background Checks"
Posted on 04/06/2013 4:51:05 PM PDT by marktwain
First, this from the Heritage Foundation:
Addington, head of Heritages Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, lays out some of the dangers in Reids proposal:
To see how the Bloomberg bill makes felons of people who do not sell guns, consider a woman who buys a rifle when she is 25 years old. She keeps the rifle her entire life. Yet over her lifetime, she like most gun owners engages in dozens of firearms transfers. She brings the unloaded rifle to a friends house, for instance, because the friend is thinking of buying a gun and wants to learn more about guns. The friend handles the rifle for a few minutes before handing it back. Another time, the woman lends the gun to her niece, who takes it on a camping trip for the weekend.
While the woman is out of town on a business trip for two weeks, she gives the gun to her husband or her sister. If the woman lives on a farm, she allows all her relatives to take the rifle into the fields for pest and predator control and sometimes, when friends are visiting, she takes them to a safe place on the farm where they spend an hour or two target shooting, passing her gun back and forth. At other times, she and her friends go target shooting in open spaces of land owned by the National Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.
Or perhaps the woman is in a same-sex civil union, and she allows her partner to take her gun to a target range one afternoon. Another time, she allows her cousin to borrow the gun for an afternoon of target shooting. If the woman is in the Army Reserve and she is called up for an overseas deployment, she gives the gun to her sister for temporary safekeeping.
One time, she learns that her neighbor is being threatened by an abusive ex-boyfriend, and she lets this woman borrow a gun for several days until she can buy her own gun. And if the woman becomes a firearms-safety instructor, she regularly teaches classes at office parks, in school buildings at nights and on weekends, at gun stores, and so on. Following the standard curriculum of gun-safety classes (such as NRA safety courses), the woman will bring some unloaded guns to the classroom, and under her supervision, students will learn the first steps in how to handle the guns, including how to load and unload them (using dummy ammunition). During the class, the firearms will be transferred dozens of times, since students must practice how to hand a gun to someone else safely. As a Boy Scout den mother or 4-H leader, the woman may also transfer her gun to young people dozens of times while instructing them in gun safety.
Under S. 649, every one of the above activities would be a federal felony, subject to precisely the same punishment a person would receive if he had knowingly sold a firearm to a convicted violent felon. S. 649, like other Bloomberg-model bills, has a few exceptions to the ban on transfers, but none of them apply to the situations described above.
And finally, talk show host Mark Levin spent a great deal of time on his program in each hour talking about the background check issue and the 2nd Amendment in general. It is worth the hour and fifty two minutes to listen to the podcast.
background checks sound like a reasonable idea but not only do they not work well but they are unconstitutional.
‘our founders obviously knew that guns could be mis-used, but they deliberated and took the decision that it is far better for a free society if its citizens retain the right to arms. They provided that... that right cannot constitutionally be infringed.
it is time for some Congress-critter to introduce a bill to implement this per the constitution, instead of allowing our federal government to slip further and further away from its proper purpose in society.
Incidentally, we don’t see the Congress=critters or other WashDC politicians walking around without defensive arms, do we?
How ‘bout we start doing background checks on voters first and then we’ll talk about investigating me for exercising my Second Amendment rights.
How bout we start doing background checks on voters first and then well talk about investigating me for exercising my Second Amendment rights.
Heck, yes, and then we need background checks on so-called "journalists," plus a background check on everyone who runs for elective office, plus a background chek on every government employee, plus a background check on everyone who signs up for an internet connection, because after all, anyone could hop on the internet in search of child pornography, plus a background check on everyone who wants a library card, plus a background check before every abortion, plus...
Oh, wouldn't the leftist extremists squeal like stuck pigs?
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