That's why our focus right now should be on sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.
• First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that's supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn't been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states - but that data is often incomplete and inadequate. We must do better.
• Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens.
• Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it.
So far, so good. I'm all for keeping guns out of the hands of people who might commit crimes with them. But then our President talks about intent.
Porous background checks are bad for police officers, for law-abiding citizens and for the sellers themselves. If we're serious about keeping guns away from someone who's made up his mind to kill, then we can't allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else.And how, pray tell, does he propose that we do that? We've already got laws in place to keep felons from getting guns. We can't enforce based on what might happen, we've got to enforce based on what has already happened. For example, a felon can't buy a gun. That's already law. But, a guy who might be a felon next week can buy a gun this week. There's no way to guard against intent.
The laws are already on the books to do everything the President wants to do. The problem is that his Justice Department is willing to look the other way when their own agents break gun laws. His Justice Department is unwilling to prosecute the guy in Tuscon who lied on his 4473 to buy the gun he used.
If you look at the President's agenda, it becomes apparent what he's trying to do. He wants to work on background checks, to get all gun transfers to go through the NICS system. From the Huffington Post.
Though official talks have not yet begun, the Obama administration is expected to aim mostly at such low-hanging fruit, leaving issues like the legality of the high-capacity magazine -- which allows even pistols to fire more than 30 shots without reloading, and was used in the Tucson shootings in January -- to remain unaddressed for the time being. The principal debate, then, will likely center around the application of background-check standards to private dealers (emphasis mine).Who are these private dealer, you might ask? Why me and you. If I want to give my nephew a gun, I'll have to go through the NICS. If I want to will my grandson a gun, it'll have to go through the NICS.
The thing about compromise is that they keep pushing the bar higher. Compromise a little here, a little there, then add another layer of government oversight. Just one little change, it's not too much of a burden. Like the frog who slowly boils to death in a pot, we don't feel it until it's too late.
No, Mr. President. I'm not willing to compromise. In fact, I intend to do everything I can to roll back as many gun laws as possible. We're winning, you see, and we don't intend to lose the momentum. When your Justice Department starts cleaning its own house, prosecuting its own agents who break gun laws, maybe we'll be willing to listen.
Let the agents who participated in GunWalker be extradited to Mexico to be prosecuted for gun-law violations, then bring them back here and prosecute them.
Until then, Mr. President, go piss up a rope. No more compromise.
Hat tip, Say Uncle.