Background checks, like all gun control laws, focus on the law-abiding while mostly ignoring criminals.
Headlines earlier this month screamed the news: at least 75 handguns and two semi-automatic rifles were stolen during overnight break-ins at three Dayton area firearms retailers.
From the article:
Thieves have broken in to three local gun shops in three days, stealing a total of 75 handguns and 2 semi-automatic rifles, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
All three break ins occurred last week at the Vandalia Range and Armory, Palmer Firearms, and The Miami Armory.
The ATF has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry – to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of gun thieves.
What no one in the media thought to mention is the fact that these burglaries have exposed the fallacy of so-called “universal” background checks (UBCs) for the entire world to see.
Forcing family members, relatives and friends who wish to sell firearms to one another in a private transaction to spend time and money to go through a background check will not stop criminals from accessing firearms, as these high-profile burglaries prove. Criminals will not be submitted be background checks, no matter what the law, because criminals do not obtain their firearms through legal means.
Earlier this month, another widely-publicized revelation that also exposed the impotence of UBCs came in the form of news that bureaucratic bungling had allowed two mass killers access to guns, despite laws that should have prohibited them from making a purchase, and that significant problems in the computerized background-check system operated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has resulted in thousands of criminals having “clean” records.