To me, "denial" seems to indicate some kind of mental blind-spot, as if to say the gun lobby genuinely believes there is no problem. Gun bloggers like to repeat "there's no such thing" referring to this phenomenon. After turning the argument into something beyond tedious, they often get us to agree that it's not limited to gun shows and the term "gun show loophole" would be better rendered "private sale loophole."But the gun lobby is in total denial about the problem.
All that arguing about whether it exists or whether it's worded right is all a big smokescreen used to obscure what is the single most obvious lacuna in gun control laws in America. This is one of the ways violent criminals and other prohibited people can and do get guns. There are other ways, specifically by recruiting straw buyers, but this "loophole" way is one that can easily be stopped.
What's your opinion? Do you think the gun lobby and individual gun-rights activists don't understand what we're talking about? Or do you think they only pretend to not understand?
Why do they oppose so strongly the requiring of background checks on every transfer? All of the complaints I've seen add up to inconvenience and expense, which I would think are well worth it. Do some of those who oppose this fear a slippery slope? What would be the next law they'd expect if they allowed this one?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.