LIVINGSTON: One Step Closer to Disarmament

LIVINGSTON: One Step Closer to Disarmament

LIVINGSTON: One Step Closer to Disarmament

Authoritarianism or criminal government can never feel secure as long as millions of people own guns. Likewise, when the people have no arms, they have no security and no hope of security.

Disarmament first comes by words and psychological warfare, and we are seeing it these days in spades. Last week, police chiefs from across the country called for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.

What a clever use of deceptive language and logical fallacy that is. Police chiefs know that there are already “universal background checks” on every gun purchased from a dealer. Reams of paper detailing millions of firearms purchase records sit in thousands of boxes at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Tracing Center awaiting input into a “digital repository.” Private sales of weapons by law-abiding citizens make up a small percentage of firearms transactions, and the so-called “gun show loophole” is a straw man.

Police chiefs also know that criminals rarely purchase their guns through legitimate means. No amount of mandated background checks on private purchases is going to stem the illegal transfer of arms among those operating on the black market with criminal intent.

Getting down to where the goats graze, criminals are criminals because they ignore laws. Law-abiding Americans follow the laws, even if those laws are anti-liberty (as are all gun restrictions). Putting one more law between law-abiding citizens and the gun dealers will not deter a single criminal from obtaining a gun by nefarious or extra-lawful means. This would seem to be common sense, but common sense is in short supply in the District of Criminals and on the animal farm.

 

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