With all the hullabaloo over Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s “Fix NICS” bill, it is time to as a very simple question.
Would Murphy’s “Fix NICS” bill have stopped the Texas Church Massacre? Almost certainly, it would not have.
the fact is that I know, you know, we all know people on the shady side. Three percent of Americans at least one felony, and if you don’t know one it won’t take long to find one. From there to gun possession is just a matter of money.
If Devin Patrick Kelley’s domestic violence conviction had been properly reported, he would have been barred from buying a gun from a dealer. he would not have been barred from either stealing a weapon – or buying one from a street corner pharmacist and arms dealer.
In the other mass murder blamed on a “breakdown of the NICS system,” the Charleston’s Ebenezer Baptist Church massacre. Had a booking clerk at the consolidated jai entered the killers name in the wrong booking ledger, resulting in the killer passing the NICS check.
Considering that the NICS system handles more than 25 million background checks a year – and was designed to handle on eight million, one error caused by an external factor a year is a remarkable achievement.
Clearly, NICS does not need “fixing.” What does need repair is the attitued of the gun ban supporters in lawmakers seats who insist the law abiding must be disarmed to stop law breakers from committing violent acts.
If you want to stop lawbreakers, you must target lawbreakers, not the law abiding.
Project Exile, which sent gun wielding criminals to prisons far from home and kept them there for a minimum of three years, worked well.
The rare attempt to crack down on gun traffickers worked, and would have done more to reduce crime if the penalties had been a meaningful sentence instead of a short vacation.
Instead of “fixing” what is not broken, it is time our masters in Washington turn their attention to those who menace our society, instead of those who are the backbone of that society.