An article by the Denver Post reports that the number of background checks conducted on private firearm transfers in Colorado under that state’s new law is only about half of what was first reported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The revelation shines a new light on the debate over repealing the law, which gun control supporters had previously heralded as a success.
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The false tally of background checks is newsworthy in its own right. However, at the end of its article, the Post reminded readers of something that applies to the gun control debate generally: the irrationality of some of the people that Second Amendment supporters are up against in that ongoing effort.
The article noted that a co-sponsor of Colorado’s background check law, State Rep. Rhonda Fields, has repeatedly said that the incursion on Second Amendment rights is justified if it prevents even one prohibited person from acquiring a firearm.
“If it prevents even one” phraseology is familiar to all who follow the gun control debate. Last year, President Obama campaigned for his gun control agenda, saying “if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.” Vice-President Joe “Buy a Shotgun” Biden agreed with the president, saying “even if what we do only saves one life, it makes sense.”