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WHY Do You Support Background Checks?

Questions the kids haven’t had to answer
 
“The left is not in an all-out war against the Second Amendment,” say the people on the left who are in an all-out war against the right to keep and bear arms. “We’re not trying to take away all the guns. We understand you think this way, but it’s based upon a deception.”

No, it’s not. Read what retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was granted space in The New York Times to say. Repeal the Second Amendment. Did democrats and the left attack him for this? No, they cheered. They paid for space to say it.

Socialists, politely called the left, are seeking to coalesce power into government hands. It’s what socialists have done since the communist manifesto was published. And they lie. They want all the guns. It’s the bottom line of the current debate, taken to its plain conclusion. Now they’ve got kids doing their bidding.

This is precisely why Americans are armed -- to resist this, with force, if necessary. Unfortunately, Americans have become so wealthy and comfortable, the cold-dead-fingers motto has become just a slogan, no longer a policy. The NRA needs to wise up to this. So do you.

The left is unconscionably promoting children who have taken up their cause in complete ignorance of facts. The kids’ fears are real all right. Their desire for a solution to mass-murdering psychos and jihadis is real enough. Everyone shares their desire for a solution to that. Stop their psychotically lethal classmates, they cry. Their emotions are enormously real, and motivational and contagious. The left is banking on this.

What is not real are the facts, logic and reasoning the kids are using, adopted in whole cloth from their left-wing puppeteers.

The same tired old rhetoric, which has been proven false time and again, the left has been spouting for decades -- ever since the feckless Brady bill appeared and is now reappearing in new forms.
 
You remember:
 
-- blood in the streets from carry permits!
 
-- invisible guns!
 
-- armed pilots shooting down their own planes!
 
-- 30-day cooling-off periods for abusers, now trusted with guns for 30 years!
 
-- Sit down for it:
 
-- educators (formerly teachers) will shoot themselves!
 
-- and their students!
 
-- and drop their guns
 
-- which will go off!
 
-- and forget them in bathrooms for kids to find!
 
-- and shoot each other because they know nothing!
 
-- And cops will shoot matronly old armed teachers
 
-- because they can’t distinguish them from armed psychotic kids with ARs!

-- if only they had to go through better background checks!

Who are these incompetent gunless boobs we’re paying to educate our kids? Teachers are incapable of handling firearms -- or even teaching about them in a historical context? Toothless NRA gun bubbas can handle firearms but teachers can’t? Say what? Who starts these rumors? How do these people get dressed each day without help.

The abject stupidity of the arguments -- with grade schoolers as ambassadors of irrational policy -- is plainly evident by questions the media has avoided asking, and answers the children and their adult instigators obviously couldn’t answer if asked.

The lack of curiosity points out the poverty of leftist positions the kids are carrying for mind masters, the lack of grounding, and the dangerous, freedom-choking socialist stench that is a death knell for The American Way.

That may be a big hoorah for socialism, but it is not what America needs. God help us if a band of activated kids whines, nags and cajoles adults in Congress to placate them with reckless bills from which we may never be able to extricate ourselves. A few youngsters and malfeasants in Congress are especially sympathetic to the ignorant whining and thus extra dangerous.

This is not gimme-a-dollar-for-an-ice-cream ma, to a kid who is already packing too many pounds. This is a wild kid with no focus who’s demanding keys to dad’s ’Vette and broke into the liquor cabinet.

Reporters, get woke --

Questions you should be asking but aren’t, of the nation’s child-active anti-gun-rights commandos:
 
When you say assault weapons, what do you mean exactly? Get answers.

What specifically would be subject to confiscation, banned from sale, and how is this constitutionally permissible? Note: Reporters should estimate quantities involved and property values for well-researched articles.

What should the public then be allowed to have?
 
Who in your opinion should decide what firearms the public can have, and how is that power delegated?
 
You seek to limit magazine capacity. How many rounds should a magazine have?
 
How did you arrive at that number?
 
Experts say having less ammunition is dangerous in an emergency. How do you respond?
 
Would police accept reduced-capacity magazines, and why or why not?
 
A key purpose of the Second Amendment is to provide a balance of power between the public and the government. Are you aware of that, and does that matter?
 
Do the police and the public have any parity of arms?
 
Have you read any of the bills adults have proposed in response to your demands?
 
If it turns out the bills, which have only been proposed by democrats, do not match your demands, a) would you still support them, and b) Would you feel like you were being used for influence, but not for your goals?
 
Should background checks include gun registration?
 
What’s the difference?
 
Background checks have played no part in stopping the ongoing Muslim jihad mass murders, which have targeted the LGBTQ community and so-called “infidels.” How will your plan affect that?
 
Why are children becoming psychotic and willing to mass murder their classmates, when they never used to, even though guns used to be more available than they are today?
 
Will background checks address that problem (suddenly sociopathic children)?
 
Do drug companies have a role in that, as critics charge, which everyone is sweeping under the rug?
 
Are you or have you ever taken psychoactive prescription drugs and if so which ones, on whose recommendation?
 
Would you be willing to be permanently banned from ever owning a firearm yourself, for your own safety or the safety of others? Why or why not? If you’re under age, would you be willing to have an adult sign for you?
 
Is there any difference between the M1 rifle millions of soldiers brought back with them from World War II and Korea and the AR-15 rifle you want to ban, besides the wood vs. polymer stock?
 
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A version of this article appeared in American Handgunner in May, 2018.
A superb publication, worth your attention.

WHY BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE A LIE

Stopping psychos, and gun checks, are unrelated

Anti-gun-rights crusaders keep calling for new and improved background checks. You know why. They dance in the blood of victims, using tragedy to manipulate for their goals. It’s what they do. Bottom line, they don't want checks, they want all the guns.

The problem with the check scheme is that background checks are a lie. The crusaders’ big claim, constantly repeated on the old-news channels, is that the existing check has stopped about three million gun sales. What a glorious achievement. We need more of this, they say.

Not a single reporter in the entire profession has the brains, training or ethics to ask even the most obvious questions. This perpetuates the lie. Whether that’s deliberate, ignorance, stupidity, a plot, it doesn’t matter. What matters is it’s harmful. So I’ll ask.

Where are the three million arrests? Right?

It’s a serious crime to try to get guns if you legally can’t, you know that.

The check is designed to find criminals trying to buy guns at retail. The criminals banned are really bad dudes—bank robbers, rapists, murderers, fugitives, addicts, the mentally unstable, spousal abusers, jihadis, illegal aliens, there’s a federal list. It’s a long-term felony for these people to try.

What good is the background check if it finds these villains, has them right there in the store with the FBI on the phone for Pete’s sake, and we just turn them away? Do you know how much money we’re spending on this? Do we want to catch and lock up “the element” or not? We have their signatures on a form for proof. The background check is a lie.

But wait... are these people really guilty of anything? That’s one of the excuses the Brady supporters and authorities give (they have many) for not locking up virtually any of the desperados they identify: a positive hit in the system is insufficient grounds for dispatching an arresting unit. It’s not exactly court-quality evidence to press charges. Say what?

Put another way, those three million background-check “victims” experienced denial of their fundamental constitutional right to buy firearms by government clerks and a list. They could not confront their accuser, did not get a reason for the denial, and in significant numbers the denials were wrong. They were essentially convicted and denied their rights without a trial. Their due process was revoked. The background check is worse than a lie, it’s a travesty. For those three million denials, prosecutions are extremely rare, in low two digits annually, convictions are apparently not even routinely tracked.

Left-wingers dreamed this up, and got it enacted dancing in blood (they still do) back in the 1990s. It seemed to make sense, like many of their schemes, but in practice it is totally bogus. It destroys due process, plays find and release with criminals, can’t distinguish between the guilty and the innocent and wastes scarce funds. They don’t care, they just promote it like crazy, maybe because they are -- and it is. Reporters march along. Shame on my journalism profession for the harm they cause. "If the media reported accurately on guns the debate would end."

The BIDS system, the Blind ID System, performs a similar function, but it costs far less and doesn’t register gun owners by the tens of millions, like the current “NICS” system seems to. Gun-owner registration is the primary but unspoken goal of the current plan, another lie. When Janet Reno first built the thing in Clarksburg, W.Va., back in 1998, not only was it a registration system, in direct violation of the enabling statute’s ban on recording (18 USC §922 s&t), she had the audacity to announce that her $250 million computer could not erase records. There is no end to the hubris of bureaucrats and anti-gun-rights crusaders.

The FBI assures us none of the inbound gun-buyer data is stored in any way, but you can’t audit, and how much faith do you have in that? When I diagrammed the entire system for Gun Owners of America, (https://www.gunlaws.com/images/nicsbig.gif) it turned out NICS queries criminal databases in many lands (Scotland Yard, Mossad and Interpol, for example). There's no indication those search records are wiped.

In the BIDS system, instead of gathering millions of innocent people’s names, licensed dealers receive the names of the bad guys, like wanted posters, and they check it out in their stores. Simple, efficient, encoded, logged so you can’t check out your daughter’s boyfriend. We trust certified dealers to sell guns, we can trust them to look up their customers in a secure phone book.

BIDS might make sense. The send-me-your-name NICS registration scheme is hoax-like from the word go. But ever since the presidency changed, the nation has learned how much one side perpetually lies.

POSTSCRIPT: When it comes down to it, the gun-ban cheerleaders won't be happy until guns, "go away." But there is no "go away." They are guaranteed to remain dissatisfied, while we refuse to cooperate. Have the government take guns? You're only giving them to Mr. Trump, who gun grabbers think is a Nazi personified, so that's hopelessly irrational. Irrational. And even a wave-a-magic-wand disappearance method (or 100% effective bill) is nonsense, communist China would start imports worse than cocaine trafficking. South America too. All we face from the left on guns is mythtology and Utopianism that interferes with life.

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A version of this article originally appeared in The Daily Caller.

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