Just a very quick thought about the recent gun control legislation that didn’t happen in the Senate — despite overwhelming popular support. What, exactly, is the NRA so afraid of? If all their members are indeed “law abiding citizens” simply concerned about their Second Amendment rights, then what about background checks bothers them? If they are so innocent, what are they worried the justice system might find? A parking ticket isn’t going to disqualify them from owning a gun, is it? A speeding ticket?
On the other hand, if an applicant’s resume is so rife with criminal activity that a background check raises red flags, then perhaps he or she should be disqualified from owning a deadly weapon.
“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” is the old bumper sticker quote. But, it is people with guns who kill people. And too often, it is the very ones they are closest to who die. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 80% of murder victims are killed by family and friends — precisely those who are likely to be in the home.
Not intruding strangers.
So, what does the NRA fear?