90% of Americans support background checks. The NRA writes contribution checks. Guess who wins?
Yep. The watered-down background checks law couldn’t even get through Congress when just about everyone supported it. What does that tell you?
The small percentage of those against background checks are either (a) NRA lobbyists who want to sell as many guns as possible for the gun manufacturers who pay them or (b) gun nuts who are convinced that everybody having a gun is the only thing standing between us and totalitarianism. And yet, that’s who Congress listened to.
So it still remains easier in most of the United States to buy a gun than it is to get a driver’s license and drive a car.
Most of the GOP angrily hate any kind of background check or restrictive registrations because they violate basic Constitutional rights. I know this, because I heard them say it while they were passing laws requiring background checks and restrictive registrations in order to vote.
And even so, this law would have done practically nothing. It was weakened to the point of being meaningless, with exceptions for selling guns to family, neighbors, or friends.
“Hi, welcome to Billy-Bob’s Gun Emporium.”
“I’d like to buy twelve military-style assault rifles and some armor-piercing bullets. But, uh, I don’t want to do a background check.”
“Where do you live?”
“On the other side of town.”
“We’re neighbors! Do you have any money?”
“Yes, right here.”
“Ah, then you’re also a friend! No problem. Here we go…”
To think that we couldn’t even get this first step passed, with support unlike just about anything else in the entire country (try to get 90% of the public to agree on anything), just lets you know who really runs things here.
And it ain’t us.