A Statement About “Executive Orders”
23,141,970 background checks pertaining to firearms were conducted by the F.B.I. in 2015. American citizens legally purchase an estimate 25,000,000 firearms per year.
Standing on the graves of dead children from over three years ago, the current administration seeking to attack the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, has usurped the separation of powers as set forth in the United States Constitution.
The horrible Sandy Hook incident was perpetrated with legal, legally acquired firearms. However, the deranged person murdered his own mother, putting four shots into her head, to acquire those firearms and the car. This was prior to the slaughter at Sandy Hook. There is no law being proposed that would have stopped the massacre, for insanity and murder-suicide is hardly something that more paperwork can be thrown at to any effect.
Dave Kopel concludes as follows.
“Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens enhance public safety. Firearms in the wrong hands endanger everyone. Responsible firearms policies focus on thwarting dangerous people and do not attempt to infringe the constitutional rights of good persons. Background checks on firearms sales can be improved by including more records on persons who have been adjudicated to be so severely mentally ill that they are a genuine threat.
Extending federal gun control to private intrastate sales between individuals — and to firearms loans among friends and family — is constitutionally dubious, and imposes severe burdens for no practical benefit. Such a system is futile without registration of all firearms. Gun owners have justifiably resisted gun registration because it has facilitated gun confiscation in the United States and other nations.
It is false to claim that common firearms are “assault weapons” and it is false to claim that common magazines are high capacity. Outlawing standard firearms and their magazines deprives innocent victims of the arms that may be best-suited for their personal defense. Sensational crimes are often used to push poorly conceived laws which criminalize peaceable gun owners. The most effective paths to preventing mass shootings are improving access to mental care and removing impediments to lawful self-defense and defense of others.”
All new firearms are sold to Federally Licensed Dealers. All new firearms are sold by Federally licensed dealers with background checks. In my home state of Illinois, you must undergo a background check to receive a FOID card. This firearms owner identification card must be on your person not just to own, but to so much as handle a firearm. A FOID card is necessary to buy a firearm and to buy ammunition.
Yet, Chicago stands as a hot steaming failure, with a corrupt mayor, corrupt city attorneys, and a corrupt police department. Universal background checks and firearms owner ID cards issued by the Illinois State Police have been the law of the Land of Lincoln since 1968.
Criminals have been unaffected since 1968; it could not be more clear. Yet, a clueless federal administration is oblivious to this fact, proven every year since 1968. It has been 48 years of failure in the State of Illinois. It is an usual degree of incompetence that fails to understand this.
– Randy Wakeman
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