Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
Yes, with some safeguards to protect the rights of gun owners.
1. A convicted felon with a single offense is barred from gun ownership for a period of time, not indefinitely, provided there are no more offenses. For example, he's barred for 10 years, after which he may own a gun again provided he stays clean.
2. There should be a few reasonable exceptions, for example, you're giving or selling a gun to a family member whom you obviously know well and know to not have a criminal background. You're not allowed to give or sell to him/her if he is a disqualified felon.
3. Privacy rights should be guaranteed. The background check information may not be used for anything other than determining the eligibility for the gun purchase.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure" - 2006 Senator Obama...leadership failure indeed!
The idea of a universal background check is to force me to sell my gun through an FFL dealer, even if I were to sell to my brother. That would cost time and money. The law ASSUMES that people would follow it. The only people that would follow it are you and me, the law abiding citizens. Catawba doesn't grasp that concept.
Anyone already selling guns illegally would continue to do so. Background checks at a retail establishment are one thing. You risk revenue, you have an established location, witnesses, social security numbers, and a million other ways to track someone who breaks the law and sells to a criminal. On top of that no criminals are being prosecuted for trying to purchase guns (and lying on the form is what they would be prosecuted for).
Now. How would someone police a private sale? If I just decide screw the law, and I trade my brother a handgun for a dirt bike.....well who is going to know? He isn't a criminal. There is no record of that gun. I didn't sell it to him (technically). And if I were a criminal who hasnt been caught yet: that gun could have been stolen already. Or I just report my gun stolen after I sell it...and boom I am now a victim.
The whole concept is misleading. It is ignorant of how enforcement works, and it is ignorant of how criminals work. It only punishes law abiding citizens and forces us to jump through yet another hoop despite the overwhelming evidence that the problem is not with guns, and the overwhelming evidence that the laws in place are not enforced.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
Has Public Opinion Really Changed Regarding Gun Control? - Forbes
That is gun control of course. Now let's combine that with the ambuguity of the question of "universal background checks."
EVEN CNN doesn't understand how to purchase a gun legally. There section on "universal background checks" is HILARIOUS.
'Universal background check:' What does it mean? - CNN.com
On top of the horrendous misinformation in this article...there is also the fact that MOST gun show sellers are licensed dealers required to do background checks. The "legal loophole" talk is a hilarious joke. The fact is that this panic stricken concept of "universal background checks" is a poor excuse for a registry for banishment that anti-gun nutters are salivating over. You have clearly demonstrated your lack of a willingness to understand or even read up on this stuff, so I am aware that my posting is irrelevant. You will invariably post something call me a far right 10%er...but you should honestly consider the irrelevance of background checks on private citizens who have never violated the law. That is who you desire to target. That is also who you are impacting. You won't impact criminals.
But at least there is no legislation for this. And a majority of Americans will suppot the shooting down any attempt at the legislation.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
Most 2nd amendment rights advocates do not trust the government to do that. Many see this as attempt to enact a back door registration or to pave the way for registration in order to ensure compliance with universal background check law. A no records keeping rule can be put into this bill, but it will not prevent some anti-2nd amendment politicians months or years from now repealing that, nor will it prevent a anti-2nd amendment politician at the state level mandating that records be kept at the state level.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius