The Hill: Incoming Dems to Push for ‘Universal Background Checks’

Representative Mike Thompson on the House floor

Still thinking your Second Amendment rights are safe just because President Trump is in the White House? House Democrats will take control next month, and have their sights focused on your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The Hill is reporting that Democrats “plan to push a bill to require a background check for every gun sale in America.”

Representative Mike Thompson on the House floor
California Rep. Mike Thompson reportedly plans to push a “universal background check” measure.

The news agency, citing a story in Mother Jones, said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) plans to introduce the legislation.

However, the Hill reminded its readers that “several recent mass shooters, including the gunman who killed 17 people in Parkland Florida last February, passed background checks to obtain their firearms.”

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Mother Jones confirmed that anti-gun Democrats have been a busy bunch:

“The move has been in the works since before the election, when Thompson met with outside gun reform allies like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Center for American Progress, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Giffords to talk about what they might push for if Democrats won the House.” —Mother Jones

Here, again, is another example of what rights activists increasingly refer to as “camo-speak” because the term “gun reform” simply means “gun control” in disguise. Indeed, one of the key tenets of a “Conversation Guide” published by the Giffords group, and reported earlier by Liberty Park Press, was “Don’t use the phrase ‘gun control.’” Another bit of advice in that list of things not to do was to “talk about stricter or new gun laws.”

Giffords is the group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly after Giffords was seriously wounded and several other people were killed in Tucson in what may have been an assassination attempt that turned into a mass shooting. The man responsible had passed a background check.

Mother Jones lamented that, “According to a 2017 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which was funded in part by supporters of gun control, 22 percent of U.S. gun owners obtained a firearm without a background check over the past two years.” Many Second Amendment activists see nothing wrong with that, and over the years, many gun owners have contended that so-called “universal background checks” amount to the creation of a de facto gun registry.

This is all the more reason, as some rights activists have been suggesting, that Senate Republicans must act immediately to pass the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, already passed by the House, before the end of this Congressional session. The GOP under Mitch McConnell, as the argument goes, needs to send a strong signal to the nation’s gun owners, whose votes will be critical in 2020—not only re-take the House but also retain the White House.

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Comments (42)

  1. Responding to Juanito I on “dos and don’t: The one other item I wish they would include is to use well supported (with evidence) facts about gun violence, instead of quoting “sound byte” misrepresentations that sound dramatic, but do nothing to progress efforts to understand what can truly impact prevention. For example, saying that the US (population 330M) has the most gun deaths compared to “countries” with populations 2% to to 10 % of the size, isn’t even statistically appropriate, unless they are saying that the square miles (or KM) of land mass do the killing. Canada population is 10% of the US. Sweden is 3% of the US. Norway less than 2% of the US. Comparing numbers of deaths or mass events US to any one of these, without accounting for population difference is voodoo designed to rile the unwitting toward more gun regulation, but it won’t materially aid understanding of the true causes of violence, or materially impact the outcomes. Here in Illinois, we have among the most restrictive gun laws of any state… and the worst gun violence nationally. Restrictive laws, more laws haven’t proven to solve violence here.

    If we want meaningful dialog, as anyone who wants a “comprehensive background system” 1) what that means to them 2) how do they understand that it will reduce gun violence?

    60% of US deaths are suicide – an illegal act that is almost always committed with a legally acquired/owned firearm.

    30%+ of US deaths are gang/drug related. Here in IL, 95% of the crime guns recovered were acquired and were possessed illegally at the time of criminal use.

    As any gun control advocate to explain on the level – how will comprehensive background checks materially improve these results, given that some part of the 20,000+ gun laws currently in effect were violated – that these “criminals” aren’t obeying laws in the first place?

    1. Sorry not likely. The House alone cannot change anything and the Senate and/or President can override their votes. Takes 2/3 to override a Presidential veto. 2nd Amendment will be around longer than the Dem House Majority and if by chance they made a serious effort to take our firearms we would have a civil war in this Country that they cannot win. Who do they think is stupid enough to try to confiscate over 300 million firearms in the hands of 50 percent of the population. No sane police officer or military person who wants to go home to their family would participate in a general confiscation of firearms. They would be shot dead on the spot once word got out.

  2. “The only way the government can police every gun sale has a background check . Is to have every sn# on file for who owns them .”

    Not quite wholly true. The serial number would have to come to the attention of the government before they would ask, “Who owns this gun?” If someone sold a gun without a background check the government would not know until the question was asked.

  3. Currently, background checks describe the gun (including serial number), thus, if the system continues as is, every gun could be tracked through every owner day by day, transfer by transfer. Defacto registration.

    1. Larry, you’re a good man, and while I totally agree it’s a great question, I’d have to call you a glutton for punishment, for putting the ideas around voter vs gun IDs out on social media. Respect from Illinois, man! 🙂

  4. dprato, I’ve lived in California and Illinois for a combined 35 years, and agree with your perspective. I had a triple background check to get CCW, on top of the double background check to get my FOID in Illinois, yet with this highly regulated environment, we have some of the worst violence nationally in/around Chicago.

    Something we’re not generally talking about here is the explosion of parts availability and “80%” lowers for both MSRs and handguns. A 12 year old (or a felon) with credit card access can buy parts and build what they can’t legally buy at a gun shop. I don’t have stats, but since these are injection molded, there are 10s of thousands going into circulation each year. They run reliably with a little skill and practice, and don’t need any sort of registration to be legal in all 50 states… ammo for the “ghost” weapon may be harder to come by, absent reloading equipment.

  5. James Hemingway, you are wrong dude. Factually inaccurate, and your conclusions are racist. To each their own (it’s a free country- for a little while longer, at least), but you should probably expect to stay in a small minority of folks who hold or tolerate those views.

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