Originally posted by Honor93
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
the fallacy of your hypothetical is that either of those criminal types are somehow "prevented" from acquiring said weapons by a background check, now
It sounds like your debating the logic of even having the basic background check run for criminal history, outstanding warrants or active domestic violence/restraining orders at time of a retail purchase. If that's the case....I don't have anything to really debate here. I mean, it's just a plain statement. Debate would suggest room to give or compromise and a purpose to that give and take. On the concept of the criminal/mental health check we have now? I see no room whatsoever in the idea that we MUST have that in place. The requirements of buying a gun in a retail outlet or from a licensed dealer have been in place since I got my first gun shortly after my 18th birthday. Nothing has changed except they ENDED the waiting period (in my state anyway...that's never been Federal) and made that check a handy instant telephone one (when the stupid things work... Mine delays every time ..another story)
So... Back to the confusion. The argument that the background checks don't stop everyone from getting a gun is NO rational basis to say we should just turn the retail gun industry into a wide open free-for-all that doesn't even use them anymore.