FEDERAL, STATE BILLS AIM TO CLOSE “DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE”
|| By FITSNEWS || Six days ago we reported on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s belated admission that it screwed the pooch when conducting “Holy City Massacrer” Dylann Storm Roof‘s background check.
Under current law, the government has a three-day window to provide a valid reason why someone should not be allowed to purchase a gun – otherwise, they get to buy it.
The FBI had a valid reason why Roof shouldn’t have been allowed to buy a gun … but they apparently couldn’t put their finger on it in time.
This acknowledgement – conveniently made public the moment the Confederate flag came down – was transparent in more ways than one.
Anyway, in our coverage we made three predictions. The first being …
The government will use this as an opportunity to eliminate the three-day rule – thus making all gun sales in America contingent on federal approval, which may or may not ever come.
Guess what …
In both Washington, D.C. and Columbia, S.C., legislation is being introduced to impose precisely such a mandate. At the state level, the issue will be pushed by S.C. Rep. Beth Bernstein – who is modeling her legislation on a federal bill being introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.
“This is one of the most dangerous loopholes we currently have in our gun laws,” Bernstein said. “Most law-abiding citizens who purchase firearms have their background checks approved within minutes. But when someone has a criminal record, or pending charge, it may take longer for the FBI to gather all the information to determine if that person is legally authorized to buy a gun. We shouldn’t put an arbitrary three day deadline on something that could result in a deranged individual or criminal purchasing a gun. If we’re going to require a background check, we should require the background check be completed.”
Makes sense, right? Sounds like it … but not really.
Government dropped the ball in the Dylann Roof case. We repeat: Government dropped the ball in the Dylann Roof case.
Yet every time government screws up, it insists we cough up more money (and more of our liberty).
You know, so that government can then screw up even bigger (and take even more money and liberty).
Of course everything’s ostensibly okay in this situation because according to Bernstein … “this bill is not a form of gun control.”
Look: We completely understand if the FBI wants to take seven days – or even fourteen days – to ensure that a firearm isn’t landing in the hands of a violent criminal. We get that. And that’s important.
We also get that bureaucracies are slow. After all government employees have lots of online shopping to do. Games and music to download on their taxpayer-funded smart phones. Pictures of their kids to upload to Facebook.
So fine: Establish a seven-day or even a fourteen-day waiting period as the new standard in such cases (pending a comprehensive delineation of the offenses which are to be subjected to the rule). We’re fine with that.
Unlike an eternal, arbitrary delay … that makes sense.
But here’s the root reality all of this “arguing at the margins” ignores: More guns = Less crime. As much as the gun-snatchers on the left wish it were otherwise, the reality remains: More guns = Less crime.