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Summary: Background checks for all gun sales/transfers are not justified. This case outlines three reasons.
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About "The Case Against Background Checks for Guns"
Background checks for all gun sales/transfers are not justified. First, because there’s no way for any research to prove a causal link between availability of guns and increases in crime. There are so many societal factors that you can’t sort out cause and effect when comparing jurisdictions, crime rates, and gun laws. And there are all kinds of contradictory studies, some of which find that as gun ownership has gone up, crime has gone down.
Second, while it sounds easy and simple to say we should deny guns to all mentally ill and all felons, it’s not that simple. Who decides when someone is too mentally ill to own a firearm? Nobody in the mental health profession is qualified, and in any case most mentally ill people are not violent. Neither are many felons, so a blanket statement that all felons shouldn’t be allowed to have guns is an unjust denial of 2nd Amendment rights and the right to self defense for people whose crimes may have had nothing to do with violence at all (e.g. drug possession).
Lastly, background checks simply don’t work in the real world, no matter how many experts have theories and studies.
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