Background Checks & Gun Violence

October 30, 2021, by The Gun Show Almanac

This is an independent study (opinion) of a story found on the KTLO news website, dated October 29, 2021.
(Copyrighted 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.)
Original article: Can Background Checks Curb Gun Violence?

As the story goes, in January of 2010, in the state of Maine, a young woman was shot in her home by an assailant and died a month later “due to complications from her gunshot wounds” without ever finding her assailant/killer.  Later, in the state of Oregon, the same gun was used to kill another person and was subsequently dropped at the scene of the crime where investigators were able to process it and find the person who wielded it at the crime in Oregon, but they couldn’t trace it back to the person who committed the crime in Maine.  The reason, they assume, is because of a “major loophole in the nation’s gun background check system”.   However, the gun was traced back to a private sale at a gun show in Maine.

Once upon a time, anyone wanting to sell their personal property (guns) was able to go to any gun show and sell them outright, no questions asked.  The above-mentioned incidents of murder with an unregistered handgun happened 11 years ago when the loophole was vast.   This is 2021, today, purchasing any gun at any gun show requires ID and private sales aren’t as easy to get away with because of all the gun laws in force (because private sales of guns are illegal in the Federal Government’s laws), background check paperwork takes time, approvals take more time, and actually getting the weapon home takes even longer.  But this does not stop a criminal from obtaining weapons, specifically guns.  Criminals might purchase guns at gun shows, it is possible, because not all criminals fail a background check; however, in order to obtain weapons quickly, they usually buy and sell their weapons ‘underground’ from and to other criminals, they don’t usually purchase or sell them at gun shows. 

So, can background checks curb gun violence?  To answer that we need to understand that letting violent criminals out of jails and prisons, keeping violent patients out of state mental institutions, and unstable family life each has their part to play in the issue at hand.  Today, the justice system, if you can call it that, has been pardoning and releasing violent offenders to roam the streets and commit more crimes, slapping the wrists of other violent offenders while aggressively incarcerating non-violent offenders, and not placing violent mental patients in proper institutions.  And family life is where it all begins.  Without proper parenting, kids grow up angry and with mental issues, be it because of parental abuse and neglect (often due to parental alcohol/drug abuse which is usually a domino effect from their own past), or a missing parent (be it due to divorce, abandonment, or death).  The only way to curb gun violence is to keep violent offenders and those with violent tendencies off of the streets, this includes those with mental issues so deep they should be institutionalized; and, raising well-behaved children who know they are loved by their parents and siblings.

To wrap this up quickly, background checks are time-consuming and tedious. They might slow down sales and purchases, but they don’t slow down criminal activity; if anything, background checks increase criminal activity.  Thus, no matter the reason for violent criminal behavior and/or tendencies, background checks do not curb gun violence. 

The original article is yet another attack on gun shows, law-abiding citizens, and guns (which are inanimate objects).

October 30, 2021, by The Gun Show Almanace

This is an independent study (opinion) of a story found on the KTLO news website, dated October 29, 2021.
(Copyrighted 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.)
Original article: Can Background Checks Curb Gun Violence?

As the story goes, in January of 2010, in the state of Maine, a young woman was shot in her home by an assailant and died a month later “due to complications from her gunshot wounds” without ever finding her assailant/killer.  Later, in the state of Oregon, the same gun was used to kill another person and was subsequently dropped at the scene of the crime where investigators were able to process it and find the person who wielded it at the crime in Oregon, but they couldn’t trace it back to the person who committed the crime in Maine.  The reason, they assume, is because of a “major loophole in the nation’s gun background check system”.   However, the gun was traced back to a private sale at a gun show in Maine.

Once upon a time, anyone wanting to sell their personal property (guns) was able to go to any gun show and sell them outright, no questions asked.  The above-mentioned incidents of murder with an unregistered handgun happened 11 years ago when the loophole was vast.   This is 2021, today, purchasing any gun at any gun show requires ID and private sales aren’t as easy to get away with because of all the gun laws in force (because private sales of guns are illegal in the Federal Government’s laws), background check paperwork takes time, approvals take more time, and actually getting the weapon home takes even longer.  But this does not stop a criminal from obtaining weapons, specifically guns.  Criminals might purchase guns at gun shows, it is possible, because not all criminals fail a background check; however, in order to obtain weapons quickly, they usually buy and sell their weapons ‘underground’ from and to other criminals, they don’t usually purchase or sell them at gun shows. 

So, can background checks curb gun violence?  To answer that we need to understand that letting violent criminals out of jails and prisons, keeping violent patients out of state mental institutions, and unstable family life each has their part to play in the issue at hand.  Today, the justice system, if you can call it that, has been pardoning and releasing violent offenders to roam the streets and commit more crimes, slapping the wrists of other violent offenders while aggressively incarcerating non-violent offenders, and not placing violent mental patients in proper institutions.  And family life is where it all begins.  Without proper parenting, kids grow up angry and with mental issues, be it because of parental abuse and neglect (often due to parental alcohol/drug abuse which is usually a domino effect from their own past), or a missing parent (be it due to divorce, abandonment, or death).  The only way to curb gun violence is to keep violent offenders and those with violent tendencies off of the streets, this includes those with mental issues so deep they should be institutionalized; and, raising well-behaved children who know they are loved by their parents and siblings.

To wrap this up quickly, background checks are time-consuming and tedious. They might slow down sales and purchases, but they don’t slow down criminal activity; if anything, background checks increase criminal activity.  Thus, no matter the reason for violent criminal behavior and/or tendencies, background checks do not curb gun violence. 

The original article is yet another attack on gun shows, law-abiding citizens, and guns (which are inanimate objects).

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