Op-ed: Gun law proposals unnecessary, don’t make sense

Op-ed: Gun law proposals unnecessary, don’t make sense

In an article by Todd Ruger posted 3/21/21 at 12:23 p.m., Senator Schumer said, “No more hopes and prayers, thoughts & prayers. A vote is what we need.” Senator Schumer went on to say HR 1446 would require background checks between private individuals and licensed gun dealers at gun shows closing the so called “gun show loopholes.” This is a false statement as the present law requires a F.F.L. dealer to do a background check any time they sell a firearm regardless of where they are. Senator Schumer went on to say “that in 1994 when the Brady Bill was passed we didn’t have the internet. It saved hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives.” Again both of his statements are incorrect. The first thing sold on the internet according to Shopify was on Arpanetin 1972. It was a deal to sell marijuana between Stanford University and MIT students. If a F.F.L. dealer sells a firearm on the internet it isn’t shipped to the purchaser. It is shipped to a F.F.L. dealer that will do the background check before the transfer can take place. Philip J. Cook is regarded as the nation’s foremost authority on gun control. He stated the Brady Bill “had no disconcerting effect on reducing gun deaths.” He went on to say, that “there is some evidence the gun suicide rate for people over 55 was reduced. But overall the suicide rate didn’t decline; suggesting that some people simply changed their method when they couldn’t […]

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