Saturday, April 13, 2013
"The one clear thread that unites all the mass murders currently being exploited by the Democrats is that they were committed by visibly crazy people who were unaccountably not institutionalized." ~ Ann Coulter
I think many times, certain legislation introduced by Liberals is too often dismissed by Conservatives simply because it was proposed by a Liberal. Just like a broken clock that is right twice a day, sometimes Liberals have good ideas. Such is the case with asking for background checks before a gun purchase.
Background checks wouldn't prevent gun violence, of course, but they couldn't hurt.
I also don't think anything in anyone's background should prevent a gun purchase except for a history of mental illness.
Guns, as we have often been reminded, don't kill people, but crazy people use guns to kill people. Ann Coulter, in her latest column, points out that the Sandy Hook shooting is only the latest in a series of mass murders that have been carried out by crazy people.
All of these latest mass murders have been committed by crazy people.
If crazy people can be prevented from buying guns, there is a chance that some mass murders can be prevented. Not a big chance, I emphasize, but a chance.
Now. Imagine that there is a background check to check for mental illness required to purchase a gun. Even if the prospective gun owner doesn't have a history of mental illness, that would require a waiting period.
A waiting period is a minor inconvenience, but it could prevent other types of shootings
Now imagine a disgruntled employee who gets angry enough at his boss to want to kill him. He goes to a gun shop, purchases a gun, and shoots up his place of business.
Many of these types of crimes are committed by someone who is not necessarily crazy, but is angry enough to suspend reason. That kind of angry subsides in time. A waiting period would prevent some crimes committed in the heat of passion.
No doubt mass murders will still happen. Crazy people can get guns in other ways, and in fact, usually do. Adam Lanza stole his mother's gun. Guns can be purchased on street corners illegally. And, guns can be stolen.
So, mass shootings will still happen even with background checks.
At the worst, requiring a background check specifically for a history of mental illness is an inconvenience
But, it can't hurt.