Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Open Letter in Opposition to Universal Background Checks

The following is a letter I sent to my representatives and the POTUS.  Please feel free to use it and send it to your representatives as well:

I am writing to ask that you oppose any legislation concerning so called “Universal Background Checks”.  The legislation that is currently being discussed concerns me greatly and I encourage you to speak with those legislators who are currently working on this proposal.  The reasons that you should oppose and encourage your colleagues to also oppose Universal Background Check legislation are many.

Currently, we already have the NICS system in place.  We as law abiding citizens already submit ourselves to a background check for the vast majority of our firearms purchases.  Furthermore, the claim that 1.9 – 2.1 million people were denied firearms is a fallacy.  Those were initial denials due to a follow up of additional information.  Many of those then rightly go through a few hours or days later.  The percentage of true criminals being stopped by NICS is very, very small and the Justice Department does not prosecute a vast majority of these cases.

Unintended abuses for Universal Background Checks will also be introduced.  A major concern is a person’s medical history being used as grounds for denial.  I see a likely scenario of someone who had a temporary issue in the distant past with depression and was perhaps prescribed a medication to help them with it (for example, post partum depression).  It is not a stretch to see this used as an excuse to deny them their Second Amendment rights due to their past cured medical condition.

The reality is that this is not about improving back ground checks.  This is about ending private sales of firearms.  Criminals will not participate in back ground checks.  The vast majority of criminals do not go to gun stores and buy their tools of the trade for this very reason.  They are mostly stolen.  So the only true outcome of this legislation is an end to private sales.

Finally, registration of firearms would have to be in place for this legislation to affect the desired outcome.  The government cannot enforce an end to private sales if they do not know which individual has.  Therefore, the next logical step would be registration.  History has shown that this is the first step to eventual confiscation.  This opens up the United States to the very tyranny our Founding Fathers warned us about.

Again, I ask that you oppose all legislation concerning Universal Background Checks and encourage your colleagues to do so as well.

Thanks for reading.  Comment below and share this post with others to help spread the message that Universal Background Checks are a part of the playbook to eventually register your firearms.

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