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Checking the Logic of Background Checks: Would a Broader Screening Requirement for Gun Buyers Reduce Violent Crime?

3129 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 6:22 PM
However, it could increase the number of otherwise honest people who have been declared criminals for exercising a Constitutional right. Viva la revolucion.

After the Senate rejected a bill expanding background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday, President Obama claimed "there were no coherent arguments" against it. But in fact, the bill's opponents argued, coherently and persuasively, that background checks are not an effective way to stop criminals from obtaining weapons.

Obama misleadingly asserts that background checks have "kept more than 2 million dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun" during the last two decades. It's true that more than 2 million gun sales have been blocked since 1994 as a result of the background checks mandated by the Brady Act. But...