A government registry is a terrible idea. Case in point - the over 20 houses that were robbed within days of a New York newspaper publishing the home addresses of registered firearm owners. How did they get this list? How unsecure is this information? With identity theft as rampant as it is, and with personal information so vulnerable on databases, why would I trust a government agency who produces those systems by hiring the lowest bidder with my information, especially when their track record for confidentiality and information security is so bad?
You can simplify the "universal background check" bill all you want, but if you would have actually read the entire bill (as I have), you would have noticed that something as simple as your house burning down 20 years from now, or losing a hard drive 30 years from now - makes you a felon, with a suggested prison sentence harsher than that of a pedophile. Once you sell person to person, you are required to keep proof of that background check FOR LIFE!! - Betchya didn't hear about that on the news.
Truth is, nothing, absolutely nothing, in that bill would have prevented Sandy Hook. The shooter attempted to buy a rifle 9 days earlier at a Dick's Sporting Goods and walked away from the counter when presented with a background check. He then proceeded to commit over 12 federal and state felonies, before firing a single shot.
If you meet sensationalism, simplification and emotion with reason, fact and logic - the truth is easier to bear, a real solution becomes apparent, and we can actually get something done that will help. The problem is . . . there's nothing the government can do to stop criminals, they can only convict and punish them after the crime is committed.
You cannot legislate morality.
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