Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Chris W. Cox Lies and Twists His Way into a Bizarre Reality
First they drop the unsubstantiated claim that part of the "vast majority" of those blocked are really legitimate purchasers who are flagged by mistake. Then they focus on the fact that the criminals who are blocked are not arrested and prosecuted for lying on the form.
This is extremely misleading. The background check has done its job by preventing the purchase. To blame the background check system for the fact that criminals have so many other options to buy guns is wrong. In fact, it's doubly wrong since the number one option criminals have is to buy a gun privately without a background check. So, the genius argument of the NRA is to blame the Brady Background check system for the fact that it's not universally required, something gun control folks have been fighting for and the NRA has been resisting.
This is the kind of circular logic that boggles the mind. The first paragraph offers a sort-of tautology. As convicted criminals, the only way they CANNOT get guns is from licensed dealers who require a background check, hence the list of possible ways, "theft, straw purchases, family, friends and the black market."
The next paragraph contains the mind-blower. Prosecuting people for lying on a government form would not prevent them from attempting to procure guns through "theft, straw purchases, family, friends and the black market."
And the conclusion:
The goal of anti-gun is to harass law-abiding gun owners and manufacture public shame toward anyone who exercises their Second Amendment rights. They can try by hook or by crook, but the National Rifle Association won’t them get away with it.
Yes, the poor persecuted gun owners are being shamed and harassed. But, not to worry, the NRA is there to protect them from this terrible abuse.