On Thursday, Oprah stood before the graduating class at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass to deliver this year’s commencement address. During her speech she took on the issue of stricter background checks for firearms purchases. She said, “We understand that the vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks, because they realize that we can uphold the 2nd Amendment and reduce the violence that is robbing us of our children. They don’t have to be incompatible.”
This blind obsession for stricter background checks has had me thinking, and conversing, with individual on both sides of this debate ever since it became the part of the talking points after Sandy Hook. The only reason I can see for its continued pursuit is that it is the last ditch effort for the Progressives to squeeze in some sort of added restriction on the 2nd Amendment (since the assault weapons ban fell apart). Remember, Progressives count success in inches, not feet. As long as they are moving forward towards their end goal they are happy with any victory, no matter how small. But I’m left asking all of you, do background checks on firearm purchases need to be stricter and are they necessary at all?
When the Progressives began infiltrating the Federal government in the early 1900′s they began adding “buts” to the 2nd Amendment and other areas of our Constitution. Slowly, but steadily, we have had our freedoms as American citizens eroded and we have surrendered them to the daily maintenance of bureaucrats. Few people realize that before 1934 you could purchase a fully automatic firearm and have it delivered to your doorstep by the US Post Office. Some years later, background checks became Federal law for all point-of-purchase firearm sales (individual sales did not fall under this law) with the Gun Control Act of 1968. Understanding this historical information, I was surprised when I asked the question to individuals, who I considered strict supporter of the 2nd Amendment, about their views on background checks. Most of them do not support stricter background checks, but many did say that our society has changed and they don’t think we should repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968 and eliminate background checks. I counter by asking them, “So since our society has changed, you are willing to sacrifice your Liberty and freedom for the misdeeds of the criminal minority?” Spirited debate ensues.
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