Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has attempted to bring gun control legislation to the floor of the U.S. Senate to be voted upon. This legislation primarily focuses on the expansion of background checks conducted at the point of sale for firearms.
Unfortunately, this legislation is hollow. It does nothing to actually keep criminals from committing crimes.
It doesn’t protect the innocent from predators. It will not stop future deaths caused by the illegal use of firearms. Sadly, this legislation mainly is intended to make members of Congress appear to their constituents as if they are really doing something through the use of their legislative power to stop gun violence. In reality, they are just misleading the American people – at least those who are gullible.
The truth is that most of what is being introduced in this legislation already is law. Background checks already are mandatory. “Straw sales” – sales to those ineligible to purchase firearms based on false pretenses – are illegal. Fines and prison terms already exist. This legislation is purely feel-good in its intent.
Sadly, like other previous gun control laws passed by Congress, these won’t be enforced. If the Justice Department and the Treasury Department won’t prosecute criminals for breaking existing gun laws, why pass more laws? Is it easier to ride the backs of law-abiding citizens? Maybe.
The bottom line is that the real reason for gun control has never been about saving lives. Rather, it’s about controlling people. Unfortunately, the people who need to be controlled aren’t being prosecuted. It’s the law-abiding citizens who are being harassed and persecuted.