The 2nd is not about traditions, target shooting, or hunting.
After reading the link to the Brady proposals, I find I agree with most and disagree strongly with many. I think the challenge to say which are "common sense" and which are nonsense is a fair one and I've summarized my own beliefs below. What I do not buy is the argument that every regulation is the beginning of the end of private gun ownership. In fact, I believe that the refusal of the NRA to give any consideration how laws and regulations might help reduce violent crime without impinging legitimate uses is already backfiring because it alienates so much of the public.
Please excuse the caps. I copied the proposals from the document's tablde of contents.)
Those that I think are commonsense are in black, those that I consider nonsense are in red, and those that warrant rational discussion are in blue.
EXTEND BRADY BACKGROUND CHECKS TO ALL GUN SALES, INCLUDING ALL GUN SHOW SALES - In my opinion, no guns should be transferred by any means without a record of the transaction and an accompanying background check. This should include private sales, inheritances, gun shows, etc.
FULLY FUND THE NICS IMPROVEMENT ACT
CLOSE THE “TERROR GAP” TO DENY FIREARMS TO TERRORISTS - Given the number of errors and the lack of process controls over the so-called terrorist suspect lists, it would be wrong to use them as the basis for any official action.
PROHIBIT GUN POSSESSION BY VIOLENT MISDEMEANANTS AND PERSONS
CONVICTED OF VIOLENT ACTS AS JUVENILES - Too loose a standard
RESTRICT LARGE-VOLUME HANDGUN SALES TO REDUCE TRAFFICKING - I like the idea but think one gun per month is inappropriate. I'm also not sure how this can be enforced without a national database of purchases that is maintained in the background check database.
GIVE ATF STRONGER AND MORE FLEXIBLE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE
LAW AGAINST CORRUPT DEALERS
STRENGTHEN ATF’S ABILITY TO CRACK DOWN ON GUN DEALERS WHO SELL TO STRAW PURCHASERS
REQUIRE GUN OWNERS TO REPORT LOST OR STOLEN GUNS
REQUIRE LICENSED DEALERS TO ADOPT MINIMUM SECURITY SAFEGUARDS TO PREVENT GUN THEFTS
REQUIRE LICENSED GUN MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS TO PERFORM BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THEIR EMPLOYEES
PREVENT DEALERS FROM LIQUIDATING THEIR INVENTORY WITHOUT
BACKGROUND CHECKS AFTER THEIR LICENSES HAVE BEEN REVOKED
REQUIRE ALL NEW GUNS TO HAVE MICROSTAMPING CAPABILITY BY A DATE CERTAIN - I'm not sure this has benefits warranting the cost and think it probably classifies as nonsense. Microstamping ammunition, which is not part of this proposal, is clearly nonsense in my opinion.
REQUIRE DEALERS TO REPORT INFORMATION ABOUT GUNS SOLD TO MANUFACTURERS TO STREAMLINE TRACING OF CRIME GUNS - Should this be done through the manufacturers or should this information be preserved in the background check database. I'm not crazy abut the idea of any national database of ownership, but tend to believe that this may be needed.
RESTRICT MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS - This amounts to outlawing a weapon because you don't like its looks.
REQUIRE CONSUMER SAFETY STANDARDS AND CHILDPROOF SAFETY FEATURES FOR FIREARMS - I still have trouble with childproof caps on my medicines. I can just imagine trying to squeeze and turn the barrel of my gun while pulling the trigger and not shooting myself
REQUIRE MINIMUM SAFETY STANDARDS FOR HANDGUN OWNERS AND IMPROVE RECORDKEEPING OF HANDGUN TRANSFERS
IMPROVE NATIONAL VIOLENT DEATH REPORTING SYSTEM DATA, AND RESTORE FIREARMS RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
I believe that there are a couple reasonable objectives in a gun control program:
The absence of background checks for gun shows and private transactions effectively undermines efforts to control purchases by individuals prohibited from ownership. The background check process has become sufficiently efficient and inexpensive that I see no reason not to have it performed in every transaction.
- Require background checks to ensure that purchasers are not otherwise prohibited from gun ownership.
- Identify and curb those who feed illegal gun channels by purchasing guns and reselling them to people precluded from ownership.
My impression is that the illegal gun market is fed primarily through a mix of straw purchasers buying guns in a legal or fraudulent manner from legitimate dealers and by theft of legally owned guns. Unfortunately, guns used in crimes may never have been reported stolen until the legal owner is asked about the gun, leading to the suspicion that the guns were sold rather than stolen. I think that it is likely that the market in illegal guns could be dramatically curbed by aggressively tracking the source of guns used in crimes and curbing practices that support illegal sales where this can be done without significant impact on legal purchasers and sellers. I believe some of the proposals would help.
I am personally troubled by the notion of a national database for guns sold since I am generally more frightened of the government than I am of any civilian criminal. However, I could be convinced to support such a database as part of a balanced program to control the illegal market.
Shouldn't this be moved to POTUS Place? :roll:
It is already a crime for someone who would fail a background check to be trying to purchase a gun. So we offered the antis a compromise -- that the gun show dealers would call in the background checks on Monday, and if they failed, the buyer's name could be turned over to law enforcement. But the antigun legislators wouldn't have it. As I said, they want to end the gun shows. That is their goal.