During a round robin question and answer session last weekend for Senate Candidates from Nebraska, one obvious leftist ‘news person’ asked Ben Sasse a loaded question: I cannot remember the exact wording, but the essence was “How do you feel about the ‘gun show loophole’ and what should be done about it?”
Mr. Sasse gave a great answer. He started by saying the ‘gun show loophole’ was a phrase and ‘problem’ invented by ‘journalists’. I would have preferred Mr. Sasse included any number of ‘activists’ and sleezy anti-American politicians in the ‘origin’ of the term, but it was a truly proper answer.
The Federal Government imposes a mandatory background check on all purchases through a Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL). Every person in the United States who purchases a firearm of any type through a licensed dealer must complete a Form 4473, a document that provides biographical information of the purchaser and a description of the firearm – either handgun or long gun. This is then called in to a Federal government information clearing house, operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who does a computer check (the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to see if the purchaser is eligible under Federal law to purchase such a firearm. Typically, the check takes only a few moments.
The alleged ‘loophole’ is when a ‘non-dealer’ – in other words, a common citizen like you or me – sells a firearm, no background check is needed. To make this painfully clear, the ‘gun show loophole’ is nothing more than the ancient right of a person to dispose of his or her personal property without government permission.
Gun Control Advocates want every person in the United States required to contact and clear every sale of personal property under all conditions.
Do you think that’s too big a claim? Okay. Anyone remember the “Times Square Bomber”? Feel free to look it up on the internet. A man named Faisal Shahzad bought a used car, loaded it with improvised explosive devices and left it in Times Square, New York City on 01 May 2010 to explode. Happily it was noticed by some local citizens and the NYPD took possession of the vehicle. A real tragedy was averted when the ignition system built by Mr. Shahzad didn’t work.
HOWEVER, this entire plot was facilitated by the “Classified Ads loophole”, which allow a person to sell a car to just anyone without notifying the government first and specifically identifying the buyer. One might also note that practically EVERY crime in the United States is assisted by use of an automobile.
Anyone know of a ‘meth house’? That’s a popular expression for a residential location where illegal methamphetamine is manufactured for illegal sales. This could be completely stopped were it not for the ‘real estate agent loophole’ where a person can sell – or sometimes rent – their house without notifying the government and specifically identifying the purchaser or renter.
Are you getting the idea, gentle reader? One can continue this argument to include just about anything deemed ‘useful’ in a crime. Writing pens are used in forgeries, after all. And computers! Computers are perfect for scams, impostures, and seduction of the unwary and minors. And they can be used to develop all manner of evil devices, including weapons of mass destruction. In fact, the U. S. government is so concerned about computers that computers and computer hardware are on the list of ‘restricted’ items that may NOT be exported from the U. S. without special application and licensing! We have to close the Internet Sales loophole!
Let’s go back to the comment about phrases and problems invented by anti-American activists, politicians and journalists. Anyone remember the catch phrase “Saturday Night Special”? There are a few embarrassing historical notes to this. And of course, the phrase was used by the anti-American faction in a ‘bait and switch’ tactic.
The laws used to prohibit the sale of ‘inexpensive’ firearms dates back to Reconstruction days, which targeted – no pun intended – pistols that could be afforded by poorer income people. In specific terms, Black people. As with many “Jim Crow laws”, these laws were to keep Black people in a state of inferiority of status and recognition. These laws were re-written after passage of the 14th Amendment, which provided that all citizens have equal access under the law and all laws must apply to all citizens, both in empowerment and prohibition.
The ‘bait and switch’ tactic of modern times has been blatant and obvious. “Saturday Night Special” laws have always been promoted as applying to cheap and potentially hazardous firearms; those make of substandard materials, design and manufacture. However, in practice, the same laws tended to prohibit firearms not on quality, but on size. Usually ending up banning many firearms carried by police and Federal agents as duty guns. One example of this is a size and shape limitation that banned importation and sale of the Walther PPK, made famous by Ian Fleming’s protagonist, James Bond. Would you believe James Bond carried a ‘Saturday Night Special”?
How about the term “Assault Weapon”? Another memorable – in its mendacity – phrase coined by the anti-American faction. No such phrase existed prior to the combine of political hacks and journalists. Various armed forces – including the United States – have used the term ‘assault rifle’ since the latter part of the Second World War. An ‘assault rifle’ is usually a shoulder fired weapon – like a rifle or submachinegun – air cooled, without extensive water jackets, firing a middle powered cartridge such as the original German “8mm Kurtz”, the Russian – Warsaw Pact – “7.62x39mm” round, the U. S. “5.56x45mm” round (roughly equivalent to the .223 Remington sporting round) and probably some others. The last distinctive quality of an ‘assault rifle’, and probably the key identifier, is what is known as ‘select fire capability’. That is, the device has a control mechanism – a ‘switch’, essentially – to direct the device to fire either one round each time the trigger is full, or some form of ‘fully-automatic’ fire; the weapon fires until the trigger is released or the ammunition is expended.
An ‘Assault Weapon’ (note the one word difference?) is any firearm the writer feels YOU should not own. These weapons include shotguns in flat black finish, unwieldy handguns with large magazine capacities, rifles with flash hiders, almost anything military surplus and so forth.
Of course, the anti-American faction in favor of all this are those who feel they should decide for you and me just exactly what you and I should be able to own. Keep that in mind, folks. Whether you want to own a specific ‘thing’ or not, who gets to chose?