10 months, 3 weeks ago
It might have been part of his overall plan. Mr. Obama has succeeded in spinning things up to the point that if he trots out anything less that full blown gun confiscation, people will say, “Oh thank God. We can live with what he’s proposing.”
But be careful what you wish for. The proposal that stands the best chance of passing happens to be the most insidious.
Hours before President Barack Obama’s official swearing-in to a second term, top Democrats predicted a victory for the broadest component of the White House’s push to change the nation’s gun laws.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, N.Y., called legislation to institute universal background checks for gun buyers “the sweet spot.”
“In terms of actually making us safer and having a good chance of passing, this is it,” Schumer said on Sunday.
“I think you’re going to see [the very likelihood] in the next week or two a proposal that has broad support for universal background checks,” he added.
We’ve dealt with this issue before, how the phrase “gun show loophole” is a disingenuous invention of the gun control lobby, and how it would turn grandpa into a felon if he gifts his grandson with a .22 rifle under the Christmas tree.
Take careful note that there will be no more sales of firearms between hunting buddies, and no more exchange of guns between friends in church or at work, without paying a transfer fee to a federal firearms license.
It has been observed that a universal background check may be unenforceable.
There are 300 million guns currently in circulation and the federal government doesn’t have any data on who owns what. There’s no national registry for guns. All the federal trace data shows is who originally bought the gun from a licensed dealer.
“So let’s say a universal background check law passes and a gun I bought back in 2008 shows up on a Chicago crime scene a month from now,” says Ludwig. “The police show up at my door and ask who I sold it to. I say I sold it before the [universal background check] passed and at that time I wasn’t required to ask any questions.” There would be no way for police to know if he had complied with the law or not.
Relying on the notion that the federal government cannot ascertain whether you’re a felon because they lack the data is a horrible way to proceed. Besides, as gun serial numbers are tracked by manufacturers, time goes by, and guns gradually go out of circulation, all it takes is a few executive orders to nationalize an electronic database of information from form 4473′s, and presto, there you have a national gun registry.
I firmly and unapologetically believe that all federal laws and regulations concerning firearms are unconstitutional. But even if you don’t, and if you don’t fight the universal background check, remember the times.
Mr. Obama may very well get his desire for anti-gun legacy, and it may come as a Trojan horse, promising safety and security, but bringing onerous federal control that affects generations to come.