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Do We Want Better Enforcement of Misguided Gun Restrictions?

The Teleprompter Speaks Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:18 AM
We need better laws, not more gun control. Will a person seeking to kill people see a psychiatrist if these laws go into effect? Will they share those thoughts with their therapist? To cover their butts, therapists will have to report anybody with a hint of violent intention.

"The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings," President Obama said last week, "is to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns." Toward that end, he wants to require background checks not just for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers (as under current law), but for all gun transfers except those between relatives.

This idea seems to be the most popular of Obama's gun control proposals, supported by nine out of 10 respondents in a recent CBS News poll. Yet it is unlikely to stop mass shootings,...