Say No to Universal Background Checks
I don’t support universal background checks. You shouldn’t either. There have been ads played locally about the issue. A supposed hunter and gun owner tells how how much he cherishes his 2nd Amendment rights. How he is handing down those traditions to his son. Then he says he wants universal background checks and tells everyone to urge my Senator, Dean Heller, to support them too. If this wasn’t brought to us by the mayor’s group headed by New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, the same mayor that wanted to control his constituent’s soda intake through backdoor regulatory means, I might have listened. Instead, I sent a message to Senator Heller telling him I don’t support expanded background checks.
You see, universal background checks aren’t going to work. The present background checks don’t work. Look, if background checks worked, I’d support them and thousands of people would have been saved because criminals wouldn’t have guns. But they are nothing more than a feel good measure meant to make politicians look as if they are actually doing something and make voters feel safe. Look, here’s why:
- Criminals don’t submit to background checks. I’m sure a few idiots do and get caught, and usually they aren’t even prosecuted for breaking the law. Criminals, and data backs this up, Google it, get their guns from friends and family, on the black market or they steal them.
- And speaking of enforcement, the current laws are not enforced. It is illegal to try to buy a gun if you have legally had that right stripped but the government rarely prosecutes violators. And there, aren’t that many actual violators. See number 1. above. Criminals don’t submit and most “violations” are false positives.
- Since criminals don’t submit and violators aren’t prosecuted often, potentially dangerous criminals aren’t captured by the system and the checks do little to deter those that would commit evil acts from doing so while forcing those of us that obey the law and would never commit these acts to put up with the intrusion.
But now, they want to expand the checks to include all gun transactions, even private ones (dealers at gun shows are already run the checks contrary to what the media would have you believe). This opens up further problems and does NOTHING to enhance safety.
- If I wanted to sell or give a gun to a family member or friend, even someone I trust implicitly, I would need to force them to submit to a background check or I would be guilty of a crime. Merry Christmas, son. Just fill out this paperwork and I’ll call the ATF to see if you’re legally able to own a gun. That’s none of the government’s business. Do they know better than I do about my friends and relatives? That’s a BIG no!
- Now the government will have a record of these PRIVATE transactions. They know more private information that is none of their business. Even if they don’t what gun you have, they know you have one. Another step toward registration and confiscation. Yes, yes, I’m a conspiracy theorist. Sorry, I don’t trust the entity that passed Obamacare with parliamentary tricks and against the wishes of the people all while lying about what was in the bill. Yes, go ahead and trust your life and liberty to the government.
But many people want to go beyond that. They want mental health records added to the background database. Remember, convicted criminals have had their due process. They have been found guilty of a crime by a jury and their rights are being denied as prescribed by law. But what about soldiers who have been diagnosed with PTSD or adults that have sought treatment for depression or folks who were diagnosed with some sort of attention deficit disorder and were given psychotic drugs? Many gun grabbers and supposed 2nd Amendment supporters want them added too.
They seem to have forgotten about another amendment. The 5th Amendment states in part, “…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” That’s what being proposed by some, however. If a court finds you incompetent or legally insane, fine. But adding people to the background check system without due process is just a back door method of denying people their 2nd Amendment rights and unconstitutional. If We the People allow this to be passed, it will likely be struck down but after how many years and after how many citizens are wrongfully denied their rights?
Beware, giving the government too much power. It might seem like a good idea, a way to ensure safety, but too often the unintended consequences are worse than the problem that prompted the idea in the first place. The vast majority of people are honest, law-abiding and not a threat. It is the criminals and the truly insane that do these evil deeds. It is so easy to say “What harm will it do?” but that’s essentially death by a thousand cuts. We should focus on punishing those that use guns illegally and helping those with mental issues get healthy, not intruding further on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Ben Franklin