You know what seems weird to me, that the flimsy excuse of the NRA spokesman can explain that "[a]ttempts to require the background checks have failed in Congress." The fact that background checks would take too long and impede legal gun owners cannot possibly be the real reasons. They must just be for the press release. It just doesn't make sense.
Mayor Bloomberg's gun control group is dropping more than $250,000 on cable TV ads featuring surveillance video from the Columbine High School massacre to urge the Senate to put new restrictions on gun sales.
The ads say four guns used in the mass killings were bought at gun shows, where people can buy firearms without getting background checks.
"The killers got their guns because of a gap in the law," the announcer intones. "Momentum is building in the Senate to close the loophole. Eleven years after Columbine, it's time. Call your senator."
"If you want to buy a gun at a gun shop, you have to go through a background check," Bloomberg said. "Unscrupulous dealers, they take their inventory, they go to a gun show and they sell it without getting background checks."
The city spent $1.5 million last year on private detectives who went undercover at gun shows and bought weapons even after telling the sellers they wouldn't have passed a background check.
Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group say the loophole allows firearms to end up in the hands of criminals.
Attempts to require the background checks have failed in Congress.
"They continue to try and abridge the rights of law-abiding citizens. They should focus their efforts on going after criminals," Arulanandam said. "The intent is to drive gun shows out of business."
What do you think the real reason for opposition to this is? Many consider universal background checks the most common-sense gun law which is still lacking? Do you think it's the old slippery slope theory that if they don't stop the crazy gun control folks now, they never will? Or, is it that paranoid one about background checks being the first step towards gun confiscation?
What else could it be? What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.