The Federal Government, led by President Obama and Vice President Biden are pushing for “universal background checks” and the closing of the “gun show loophole”.
The latter isn’t a loophole at all, it simply says that private citizens don’t have to jump through federal hoops to sell private property to someone else. That sounds like “Liberty” to us.
The “universal background checks” is a little tougher to argue against… or are they.
Under current law, a person cannot lawfully buy a gun if they are a “prohibited person”. If they try and buy a gun from either a Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer or a private citizen, that person is breaking the law! How do the President and Vice President suggest we “fix” this? More laws. Somehow they don’t understand that the reason we call them “criminals” is because they break the law… Apparently that’s not “common sense”.
Jim Baker, NRA-ILA’s Director of Federal Affairs, says that the Federal Government needs to “vigorously prosecute” persons that violate existing gun laws. He further noted the low number of prosecutions for falsifying information on Form 4473s, and the low felony prosecution rate for gun crimes in general.
Vice-President Biden replied:
“And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form…”
That’s right, Vice President Biden says that the Obama administration doesn’t “have the time” to prosecute crimes which are felonies punishable by up to a 10-year prison sentence if people violate our current laws. But somehow adding even MORE laws is going to keep us “safe”.
If they don’t have time to prosecute current laws, how can he expect us to believe that they’ll be able to prosecute even more laws?
According to federal statistics, in 2010, prosecutors considered 62 background-check cases. Of those they pursued only 44. That’s 44 out of 72,600 cases that they should have prosecuted.
“We think it is problematic when the administration takes lightly the prosecutions under existing gun laws and yet does not seem to have a problem promoting a whole host of other gun laws,” said Baker. “If we are not going to enforce the laws that are on the books, it not only engenders disrespect for the law but it makes law-abiding gun owners wonder why we are going through this exercise we are going through now.”