To Reduce Murder-By-Gun Rates, Enact Background Checks — Not A Weapons Ban

To Reduce Murder-By-Gun Rates, Enact Background Checks — Not A Weapons Ban

Gun Rights

Jessica Marshall, of Roy, Wash., wears a Glock 9mm pistol in a holster at a gun-rights rally, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/AP) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter . It must be lonely being a gun nut. Sure, the National Rifle Association doesn’t break a sweat while keeping its compliant congressional puppies on a leash; that’s effortless. Yet anti-gun safety zealots like the NRA’s leaders are a numeric (if politically potent) fringe: 69 percent of the lobby’s own members support comprehensive background checks on gun buyers, and an even higher percentage of non-member gun owners endorse the idea. Like rabid bulls, the gun nuts charge whenever a reasonable gun owner endorses common-sense gun safety (read the comments thread here .) Currently, the bulls are stampeding against the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 , which passed the House recently with overwhelming Democratic and scant Republican support. It is the most significant gun safety legislation in decades. The bill prompted the predictable drivel from NRA Executive Director Chris Cox: Universal background checks, while inconsequential to public safety, are a necessary piece of an overall puzzle that will transform the U.S. right to keep and bear arms into a European style privilege reserved for wealthy elite who can afford to comply with burdensome, bureaucratic procedures to acquire a firearm. Sadly for Cox, new research from Boston University suggests he’s dead wrong about background checks’ futility. The study could rewrite the playbook […]

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