Twenty-six convicted killers tried to buy guns in Colorado this year but were denied as part of the state's instant background check program.
The 26 killers were among the nearly 5,000 people who were denied a gun purchase because of their criminal records through November of this year, according to data from the state's InstaCheck program.
That sounds like an endorsement for the background check system, wouldn't you say? Or, is it an endorsement for the state-run system only?
Colorado is one of only 14 states that conducts its own criminal background checks on potential gun purchasers. Other states rely on the FBI, which can sometimes take up to three days for a check. The average time for a background check in Colorado is 37 minutes.
This data illustrates the program's effectiveness and "shows that state-run background checks can work better than those conducted by the FBI because the federal agency doesn't have access to local law enforcement databases."
A big problem with the national system is that when a background check takes longer than three days it defaults to an approved status and the gun purchase goes through. The law requires that the results are destroyed within 24 hours, Allowing a certain percentage of prohibited persons to buy guns legally.
The problem with the states system is that approximately 1 in 40 applicants is denied because of a criminal record in COLORADO. Wouldn't it be reasonable to expect some of the 39 to have had convictions in other states?
The other problem is the 37 minutes it takes for someone in Colorado to buy a gun is not long enough for them to cool down if they happen to be in a deranged state. The beautiful Rocky Mountain state of Colorado ranks number 7 in suicides. Add the suicides which might have been avoided to the other crimes of passion and you've got a good argument for a three day waiting period.
What we need is a national background check system that works, not a state system that instantly screens out those with criminal records there at home but allows volatile people to buy guns, and certainly not a federal system that can't produce results within three days and defaults to approved. What we need is a system that works and it needs to be applied to all purchases, but that's another argument.
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