Well, the so-called ‘comprehensive background checks’ that is. Touted by nearly every gun control person as something we desperately need to stop gun violence, it has been shown time and time again to have no effect in lowering anything. The newest study comes from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. And in case you had any question, they both tend to lean very left.
A new study by them found that there was no effect of the additional legislation towards their stated goal. A telling line in the story is “researchers are puzzled as to why”. Well that kind of puzzlement happens when you go in with a preconceived notion as to the outcome. However I will give them some props for releasing the study at all, as I am sure it will not create any good will among their peers.
So why do anti gunners keep pushing for these things when they don’t really work? There are several factors at play here. Control is one. Politicians in general and liberal ones specifically like to tell others what they can or can’t do. it’s all based on feelings. Guns make them scared so they are bad. They can’t handle a gun so you shouldn’t either. A second one is the desire to create a registration of gun ownership. That seems to be one of the greatest desires of gun control people is to know just who has a gun, so that when they eventually get power they can come and take them away. A third is that they know all it does is piss off people who legally can buy a gun and they hope it discourages them from doing so. I am sure there are other reason out there as well, but those are the big three. Control, record keeping and death by a thousand cuts.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with the current background check system. In fact, I wish they would enforce it more, as there are hundreds of thousands of cases each year of people lying on their Form 4473, which is a felony. Yet the number of these cases that get tried each year are barely 100. You would think that with slam-dunk evidence that prosecutors, who live and die by their W-L record, would take as many easy wins as possible. But for some reason, they don’t touch these. How about we start there instead of creating yet another layer of bureaucratic crap for us legal gun owners to have to walk thru?