So a common argument 2A supporters use against the enactment of universal background checks (aside from “shall not be infringed”) is that universal background checks would not have stopped any of the mass shooters in America’s history.
Well it was just a matter of time, before it happened, it appears the latest shooter in Odessa (latest info at this point in time) was not able to purchase a gun from an FFL because of background check flags (mental health issues), so he purchased it via private sale.
So now what? Does this one incident make the case for UBC’s?
My position and arguments are the same that they have been for all gun control laws and first is that none of them address the root causes of gun violence which is what we should be addressing. Criminal activity is the mass majority of gun deaths outside of suicide, suicide needs to be addressed as a mental health issue and the small percentage of mass shootings I chalk up to lack of humanity (different from mental sickness IMO).
Until we address these personality “defects” there will be murders and suicides just by other means (see the UK’s “knife” problem/“epidemic”).
Since guns are used far more often in the defense of life vs in the criminal taking of life (or crime) then the greater good guns bring far outweighs the negatives. And since a majority of UBC’s (if not all) don’t only apply to “sales” but any transfer (e.g. I may need to have and FFL do a BRC to loan my gun to one of my kids or wife at the range), then they are unreasonable IMO.
My final argument has always been that the 2nd Amendment was established by the founders to offer the citizenship an opportunity to defend itself against an oppressive government should one come to power (one only need look at the circumstance to come to that conclusion but there are several Articles of Confederation that back that position) and while I pray to God that day never comes, it’s important to remember that just because it’s unlikely it COULD happen and we need to have that card in the deck otherwise we may look like Syria, Hong Kong, Venezuela, etc, etc, etc.
So…what are your thoughts?