For years now, anti-gunners have been pushing for universal background checks. In recent years, more and more states have adopted the measure so as to…oh, who the hell knows what they think it will accomplish.
Now, Nevada has officially joined the ranks of universal background check states.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed new state legislation Friday that extends firearm background checks and closes a loophole that allowed gun buyers to go through unlicensed sellers to avoid them.
Bill Sponsor and Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson said Friday, “Background checks are proven to be the best way to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands without compromising the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Now, let me be perfectly honest here. I do think that universal background checks are going to have minimal impact on law-abiding gun owners. After all, most buy their guns at stores or from licensed vendors at gun shows, thus undergo background checks anyway.
However, that shouldn’t be construed to mean I support them.
For one thing, just because it won’t stop me from buying a gun, it does add a layer of difficulty in selling a firearm should I need to. Further, even Vox conceded that universal background checks don’t work, regardless of what Atkinson claims.
The reason is that while it doesn’t stop me from buying a gun, it doesn’t stop criminals from doing so either. The Department of Justice noted that criminals get their firearms on the black market. Guess what black market gun sellers tend not to require?
If you said a background check, give yourself a cookie.
When it comes to gun legislation, much of it won’t accomplish all that much. That’s not the point, though. The point is to get people comfortable with gun control legislation. As the House is pushing for a federal universal background check requirement, Democrats in that chamber have been fairly open that they want a whole lot more.
But if you pass a gun control law, they figure it’ll get the camel’s nose under the tent and pave the way for still more gun control laws.
That’s what it’s really about and I think most everyone really knows it.
Universal background checks are particularly nefarious because it doesn’t change all that much for most people. They go to a gun store and buy a gun. Nothing changes. They don’t notice the law at all.
Then the next time someone pushes for a gun control bill, the resistance may be a little less stiff.
Inch by inch, those rights become restricted until you end up at a point where all you’re legally allowed to own is a BB gun that has to be registered, locked up, and you can’t buy ammunition for except on the third Thursday of the month.
I’d like to say I’m exaggerating just a tad, but the terrifying thing is that I’m not entirely sure that I am.
There’s a reason gun rights advocates oppose every gun law, and this is it.