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Why We Fight Background Checks

I want to make one thing clear. I am pro background check. (but keep reading) Yes. I am all for a system that ensures that only trustworthy capable people can purchase a firearm. So then why would I vote against it or ask someone to vote against it? Because the people who push hardest for the background checks would prefer that no one had a gun in the first place. This leaves me with a reasonable concern that the background check system I believe in will be abused to keep law abiding citizens from owning guns. Let me repeat that. This leaves me with a reasonable concern that the background check system I believe in will be abused to keep law abiding citizens from owning guns.

If for any reason you can't wrap your head around this please try this thought experiment. When you think about it, try not to assess right from wrong within opposing opinions but focus instead on the concept of allowing those of opposing opinions to make assumptions about another's intent.

Lets say conservatives decided to back down from all gay rights issues. Gay people can have everything they ever wanted. The only remaining concern the christian conservatives have is child rapists. So they decide the only rule they are going to have is gay people will have to do a background check to make sure they wont be targeting children. Now lets say this background check will be run by the christian conservatives. They will have the power to determine who is allowed to be gay based on the results of this check. Why would anyone in the LGBT community agree to this? Who would allow the people who like them the least to make the worst possible assumptions about them and determine their fate based on those assumptions. Is this making sense at all?



Now I know what you are thinking. Being gay doesn't mean wanting to rape children. You might even consider it offensive to insinuate that loving someone associates you with evil of any kind and I totally get that. But someone who buys a gun to protect their family might feel offended that anyone would equate it with wanting to do violence to anyone. Having a gun does not mean wanting to murder people.

The good news is: It is already illegal to rape children - or anyone for that matter just as it is illegal to shoot people. So we can bring to justice any people who break these rules.

If you can understand why our criminal justice system insures that everybody is innocent until proven guilty then you might just be able to understand why it is not a good idea to give anybody the power to determine someone is guilty of a crime that hasn't even been committed - Especially when that check is insisted upon by someone who thinks you are guilty just for requesting it.

About the Author:
Michael is a career programmer who started easy bake gun club with his friends when they couldn't go shooting because of the great ammo shortage of 2012. When he isn't writing code or shooting guns, he can be found playing video games or recording sissy new wave nerd rock.

Posts: Blogs / Why We Fight Background Checks

Posted By: holymoleygone
05/01/13 10:10 AM

Yes Michael, next is registration then taxation and then confiscation.
Posted By: Jayson
05/09/13 06:18 PM

Taxation is the scariest to me. This is something I can see happening easily. Make it to expensive to own a gun or to expensive to practice. Then you have people carrying that are not as competent as they could be. Or, taxes make it so expensive that only the wealthy can afford to defend themselves and their families.
Posted By: Michael
05/09/13 08:13 PM

They should do the same thing as obama care and tax anyone who doesnt own a gun.
Posted By: Jayson
05/12/13 08:53 PM

Would work out well for me. Do you think we would get a multi-gun discount?
Posted By: Michael
05/12/13 08:58 PM

if so then i expect we will be getting refunds.
Posted By: Gonzo
03/17/14 10:06 AM

The next step is to require background checks to purchase ammo. They know they can't take away people's constitutional rights, so they'll make it as difficult as possible to practice with it. Then when you want to buy ammo, there will be "malfunctions" in the system to prevent you from buying it. This of course will only affect people who like to shoot for sport, because criminals will just drive to another state and buy ammo illegally.
Posted By: Michael
03/17/14 02:45 PM

yeah. when it comes, it won't look like what it is. thats always how people lose their freedom.