Bruce Bialosky

Thus, the debate is solely over one matter. Does the government have the right to restrict a private citizen from selling a product legally obtained to another private citizen? Obviously, a private citizen is not set-up to do a background check like a dealer. That would certainly be a matter that is particularly inconvenient under the current system, but the Gun Nuts say they should not be held to a higher standard than someone selling other private property legally obtained. The Anti-Gun Nuts feel they are closing a loophole that will help to solve the problem of gun violence in this country.

We remain skeptical on this. As long as we are not advancing the issue of mental health restrictions, we believe that background checks serve limited purpose. We also still maintain that criminals get guns in ways we cannot even imagine. There will be little if any increased security to passing a law requiring universal background checks because it will stop few if any of the two suspect groups from obtaining a gun. We are seriously put off by a President who tells the public that up to 40% of all guns are sold without a background check. That seems ludicrous on its face based on the information above.

We will leave it to you to judge whether the Gun Nuts have a point about it restricting the rights of private citizens in regard to their private property. We will just state the Anti-Gun Nuts have seriously oversold this as a remedy to our problems.

Bruce Bialosky

Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee. Follow him on Twitter @brucebialosky or contact him at