Are Universal Background Checks Effective?

Earlier this week, an estranged husband entered the school where his wife taught in San Bernardino, California. The couple had only been married for three months, but the wife decided to leave him after only two months of marriage. The school was a gun free zone and had been warned about him and the current situation of their failed marriage. Even though the husband had a criminal record which included domestic violence, drug use and weapons charges, he still managed to obtain a handgun, enter the school, go to the wife’s classroom and shoot her. In the process of shooting his wife, two students standing behind her were also shot, killing one and severely injuring the other. The husband then turned his gun on himself, committing suicide. The classroom was filled with special education students at the time of the horrific event.

Within minutes or hours of the incident, gun control liberals began calling for more gun control laws including a nationwide universal background check. They argued that universal background checks help reduce gun violence and mass shootings.

The question is: do universal background checks really work the way liberals claim they will?

First of all, you need to know the difference between a normal or standard background check and a universal background check.

A standard background check is required for all retail gun purchases. Before a person can legally buy a firearm at a retail dealer, they have to fill out a background check form which is then sent to the FBI who then checks to see if the applicant has a criminal record or anything else in their record that would prevent them from purchasing the firearm. Upon approval, the FBI notifies the dealer and the gun purchase is made.

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A universal background is essentially the same thing except that it includes all private sales and depending on how the law is written, even private exchange of ownership. That means if a father or grandfather wants to give one of their guns to a son or grandson, both the father or grandfather and son or grandson must submit to an FBI background check. Basically, universal background checks are nothing more than a federal gun registry program so that the government knows who owns what guns in every house in the nation.

Now that you know the difference, let’s get back to the question of if background and universal background checks really work.

Do you remember the 2011 shooting of US Rep. Gabby Giffords and others at a Tucson shopping mall? Six people, including federal judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green were killed and Giffords was shot in the head but miraculously survived. The attacker, Jared Loughner, had passed a standard background check when he purchased his gun two years earlier. Nothing showed up when the FBI ran the check, so he was legally allowed to purchase his gun.

So, what about universal background checks? Remember the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School? That shooter stole the guns he used, thus bypassing all background checks.

California has a universal background check, but they didn’t prevent two Islamic terrorists from obtaining guns, with the help of neighbor, that they used in the 2015 shooting of co-workers in San Bernardino. Nor did the state’s universal background check prevent the 2016 shootings in Palm Springs that killed two police officers. That attacker had also stolen the gun he used in the shootings. Nor did it stop the school shooting earlier this week in San Bernardino.

In 2016, an attacker circumvented the universal background check required by Washington state residents, when he began shooting at a mall in Burlington that left 5 people dead.

Colorado also passed a universal background check law, but that didn’t stop an attacker from carrying out their 2015 Halloween that killed 3 people. Also in Colorado, in 2016, a gunman shot and killed a police officer and 2 others at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.

New York state has a universal background check law, but that didn’t stop cold blooded shooting murder of 2 New York City policemen in 2014. In fact, New York City, combined with the state, has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, but that didn’t stop the 942 shooting incidents reported in 2016.

France also has a nationwide universal background check system in place, but that didn’t stop the 2015 mass shooting at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, nor did it stop the horrific mass shooting in Paris later in 2015 that left 130 people dead and many others injured.

There have also been mass shootings in places like Copenhagen, Munich and Quebec, all of who have universal background checks in place.

If one bothers to do a little bit of digging, he or she can find numerous others incidents of multiple and single shootings in places around the world and in the United States that have universal background checks in place. It proves that if someone is determined to carry out an attack on another person or group of people, they will find a way to do so and no laws will prevent them from it. When they can’t obtain a gun or guns to use, they resort to knives, bombs, vehicles and other means to commit their atrocities.

Background and universal background checks only work for law abiding citizens, and by law abiding citizens, that means they don’t have a criminal record anyway. These laws passed by liberals are nothing more than a legal way to register firearm ownership and nothing more. They do not prevent or reduce gun violence or mass shootings. Therefore, there is no legal, moral or patriotic reason to support any form of background checks, standard or universal.


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