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Democrats are still lost on gun control and presidential power

A gentleman, out on a walk late at night, arrives at a drunk man who is sprayed under a street lamp and claps on the sidewalk. "Mr., what are you doing?" Asks the man. "I'm looking for my keys," the full answers. "You released them around here then?" Asks the man. "No," says the drunk. "Why are you looking here?" "For" the full answers, "this is the light is". This old anecdote summarizes the democrats' attitude to preventing mass play for the last seven years or so. They don't have answers. But when they are convinced that there is something they can achieve, they are right for it. It doesn't bother them if their solution is completely irrelevant to the problem they are likely to solve. On Monday's Democratic Presidential House, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, became the latest to crawl under the same streetlight in search of the keys. She promised that if the elected president, after gave the congress 1 00 days "to bring their act together" and move the arms control law, she will "take executive measures" which propagate any universe of arms sales subject to background controls [19659002] It is worth mentioning here, just briefly, that Congress's job contains frustrating presidential ambitions like this one, just as the job involves preventing war from being fought or being funded by border walls. How incredible that the Democrats have not yet learned, not even with Trump in the office, is that it is unhealthy for the presidents to bypass…

A gentleman, out on a walk late at night, arrives at a drunk man who is sprayed under a street lamp and claps on the sidewalk.

“Mr., what are you doing?” Asks the man.

“I’m looking for my keys,” the full answers.

“You released them around here then?” Asks the man.

“No,” says the drunk.

“Why are you looking here?”

“For” the full answers, “this is the light is”.

This old anecdote summarizes the democrats’ attitude to preventing mass play for the last seven years or so. They don’t have answers. But when they are convinced that there is something they can achieve, they are right for it. It doesn’t bother them if their solution is completely irrelevant to the problem they are likely to solve.

On Monday’s Democratic Presidential House, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, became the latest to crawl under the same streetlight in search of the keys. She promised that if the elected president, after gave the congress 1

00 days “to bring their act together” and move the arms control law, she will “take executive measures” which propagate any universe of arms sales subject to background controls [19659002] It is worth mentioning here, just briefly, that Congress’s job contains frustrating presidential ambitions like this one, just as the job involves preventing war from being fought or being funded by border walls. How incredible that the Democrats have not yet learned, not even with Trump in the office, is that it is unhealthy for the presidents to bypass the congress on such issues.

But the substantive issue here is whether Harris’s suggestion would have prevented any recent shot mass play. We have never been able to identify a single mass shooting incident since the dawn of the instant control system where the gun was acquired in a legal private intrastate sale for which no background control was required. There are, however, several new events where the quick control system and the bureaucrats behind it cured things and failed to stop a fatal arms sale that should never have taken place.

Harris’s proposal is actually quite modest. She would re-interpret federal law to require someone selling five pistols or more per year to check buyers using the federal national instant criminal criminal check system, as if they were a pistol dealer.

How many more gun buyers would be controlled as a result of this proposal? Very few. It is believed that only about 13% of pistol sales are made outside the background control system (private intrastat sales in the 31 states that do not require checks). Of these, some small sub-lots are sold by people who would run up to Harris five-gun rule.

If Harris or any other Presidential hopeful wants to do something constructive on the issue of preventing arms sales to poor people, there are better alternatives than this. First, prosecute every person who lies on their background to check paperwork (she likes to prosecute people, after all). Second, fix the nightmare that is the existing direct control system, as it does not help drive more controls through a broken system.

Working with Congress, either President Trump or his successor should spend what is needed to fix the record system so that background checks stop failing. The Scots in Charleston, SC, in Sutherland Springs, Texas and at Virginia Tech – just three examples that tell 68 deaths – could all have been prevented if someone had bothered to do the rigorous work behind the scenes to make the immediate background check system work. It was supposed to.

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