I have no problems with a NICS check at the local Gun Store, but after three days if the government can’t back up their denial the sale goes through. If later it is found to be in error, either reclaim the weapon or swear out a warrant from the bench. This system will break down occasionally but no system run by humans is ever going to be perfect.
There is evil in the heart of every man and anyone who doubts this is either a fool or a Progressive. You are never going to be able to design a background check system that is both convenient and effective. The more effective it is will make it much less convenient for the typical law abiding citizen who doesn’t want to wait thirty days to be able to pick up his sixth handgun, made even more silly by the fact he has has his concealed carry permit for twenty years and has permit number 3! He should be able to walk in and then walk right back out with his weapon of choice by virtue of being a member of one of the most law abiding groups in the country, concealed carry permit holders. This seems like common sense gun control to me.

SlowFacts

I’ve made mistakes before and I’ll probably make some again. That is why it’s important to be aware and skeptical as we try new ideas. There is a time for persistence and a time to ask if you’re headed in the right direction. All that came to mind as I read about the US House of Representatives proposing universal background checks for firearms owners. These background checks have failed too many times to try them again.

The fundamental failure of a background check is that it looks backward. Mass murder is not a long-term career path. Background checks do nothing to stop a first-time mass murderer. Here are the most recent examples.

2018

  • The mass murderer who killed 12 people at a country western bar in Thousand Oaks, California passed his background checks..several times.
  • The mass murderer who killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue passed his background checks…

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