The 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act mandates background checks on all new gun purchases from federal firearms licensees. The video celebrating this milestone in civilian disarmament is filled with half-truths.. The largest misdirection: the implication that the two million sales halted by NICS checks stopped bad guys from getting a gun and/or committing a crime. First of all, that stat’s up a startling – not to say incredible – 500k from President Obama’s 2013 claim. Second, it avoids the real question: how many successful prosecutions were made under the bill’s provisions? That same link from the Washington Post reveals that “out of the original 73,000 denials [in 2010], there emerge just 13 guilty pleas.” That’s 13 guilty pleas—not successful prosecutions—out of millions of checks. In short, the FBI background check system is a complete farce. Security theater at its worst. And the antis want to expand it. I wonder why that is?