Debra J. Saunders

I like the NRA's emphasis on passing only laws that work. Cox's claim, however, is difficult to believe, considering that the government denied 1.8 million applications between 1994 and 2008.

"I don't consider criminal background checks to be gun control," quoth Toomey. His effort, after all, is designed to make existing laws work as they should.

Voters elect senators to get things done. Toomey's actions provided a needed contrast to the efforts of a GOP rump that had threatened to use Senate rules to thwart an up-or-down vote on Senate gun bills. That effort tanked when 16 Republicans joined all but two Democrats to move forward.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also stepped up to the plate when he signed up to be a co-sponsor of Manchin-Toomey despite his support for "universal background checks." His approach was bound to fail, for good reason.

Gun owner Dan Baum, author of "Gun Guys: A Road Trip," nailed the problem with gun control advocates when he debated New York Times columnist Joe Nocera on April 7. Baum told Nocera that many gun owners are "perfectly fine" with universal background checks, as long as the plan "doesn't lead to a database and de facto registration."

So why do gun owners resist Washington and do-gooders such as Nocera? "You don't understand guns," Baum said, "and you don't know gun guys, yet you want to make rules for things you don't understand for people you don't know."


Debra J. Saunders


 
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