When Background Checks Fail

Gun control advocates have long been demanding stricter rules and laws on gun ownership. Even President Obama has made his views crystal clear on this issue: fewer guns equals fewer crimes. He, and many other gun control advocates, want stricter policies when it comes to buying a gun. After the June 17th shooting in Charleston, Obama went on the airwaves and continued his comments advocating for a variety of gun rules. What he did not know at the time is that it was a failure of the FBI that allowed this individual to get the gun used in these murders.

According to the FBI itself, an FBI background checker, who was not familiar with the geography within South Carolina, allowed the purchase of the weapon when it could have been stopped. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that the agency “felt sick” because of this failure. Why? Because the background checker should have noticed a drug charge on the alleged killer’s police records. That charge would have disqualified him from buying a gun on April 11; the same weapon used to kill members of the AME church.

Check GunMany pro-gun supporters are using this admission by the FBI to show that existing laws are sufficient as long as the government does its job. They go on to say that if the government cannot, or will not, do its job, then it won’t matter how many laws are on the books. They dismiss the notion that more laws will lower shooting-related crimes.

What neither side seems willing to say is that background checks do work (somewhat) when performed correctly. It is estimated that more than 2 million gun sales have been denied because of information discovered during checks. This is according to Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In 2014, the FBI processed more than 8 million background checks, with the vast majority of those being resolved within three days. All of this, of course, is moot if the majority of criminals get their weapons on the black market where background checks do not exist. The idea that background checks prevent crimes loses some of its impact when we see that killers such as this one cared not if he was listed as a gun owner or not.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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