Urge to rule
The Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives next week is expected to take up – and pass – a bipartisan measure that would do away with the private sales of firearms by requiring extensive government background checks on every transaction.
It is all, of course, in the name of preventing “gun violence.” It also is silly.
Most run of the mill criminals do not buy their guns at gun stores. A Justice Department study concluded 40 percent of armed criminals obtain guns on the streets; another 40 percent from family or friends. About 2 percent get them from flea markets or gun shows. And, most important, they do not fill out necessary federal forms.
Even with a background check mandate, they will not comply. They are, after all, criminals.
Add to that:
A FBI study last year of active shooters in mass shootings during a 13-year period shows most bought their guns legally and did not have a history of mental health issues.
So, the measure will do little-to-nothing about “gun violence.” It, instead, is a solution looking for a problem. What truly is needed is mental health legislation to treat those in need and prevent them from purchasing firearms, but that is hard and leftist politicians in the House are seeking an easy “fix” to suit their needs.
Hopefully, the Senate will have better sense because, make no mistake, this legislation is the first step in establishing a national gun registry, a first step toward confiscation and something the Left has dreamed of for years.
Whenever we hear of legislation that affects nobody but law-abiding citizens and tramples their rights in the process, we are reminded of an H.L. Mencken observation.
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”