“The busiest shopping day of the year also saw a major boom for gun sales,” cnn.com reports. Time for a happy dance? Not if you’re CNN (or the AP). Every gun-shaped silver-lining must have a dark cloud surrounding it. “Officials estimate that about 3,000, or 2%, of the more than 144,000 Black Friday background checks will not be completed because of insufficient information from records such as court documents.” Sales that will, by law, go through if not resolved in three days. That’s three thousand guns sold without a background check! Hide your children! Call out the National Guard! And ask yourself this . . .
What difference does that make?
Are we to believe that one or more of those three thousand purchasers will use their new gun to commit a crime because they weren’t background checked by the FBI? Put another way, what are the odds that a felon and/or an otherwise prohibited person was among those three thousand “failed” background checks? I’m thinking zero. More to the point . . .
What would a “hit” on the background check system – preventing a firearms purchase – do in terms of crime fighting? A National Academy of Sciences panel in 2004 held that “the Brady background checks did not reduce violent crime, not even a single category of violent crime.” Since then, John Lott has crunched the NICS numbers. More than 90 percent of denied sales are false positives.
NICS doesn’t prevent nutcases from carrying out mass shootings. It doesn’t stop gang bangers banging. Or prevent domestic abusers prevent from murdering their “loved ones.” While there are more than a few intellectually-challenged criminals and crazies in this great country of ours, the majority of bad guys aren’t that stupid. They buy (or steal) a gun or guns on the DL.
Gun control advocates use NICS avoidance as evidence that it works! Well, it would do if we expanded NICS checks to include gun shows and personal sales. Then the Fibbies and their local friends would do a bang-up job “keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals.” .
Puh-lease. “Universal background checks” only affect law-abiding citizens trying to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Bad guys get guns off the books. Always have. Always will. No matter how many checks the FBI does or does not process, NICS is a waste of time, money and human resources.
More than that, it creates a false sense of security, gives antis a toe-hold in their pro-government civilian disarmament campaign and delays Americans free exercise of their gun rights.
While I’m not advocating anything illegal, I wouldn’t shed a single tear if the whole system crashed and burned. I wouldn’t feel even slightly less safe. That said, what about those 4473 forms? Now there’s another even bigger boondoggle, one that puts all gun owning Americans in danger. [h/t DrVino, MRobertson]