More Gun Control Foolishness from Illinois Senator Dick Durbin
by Bob Price on February 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM
About two weeks ago I received an email from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) where he said some really foolish things about gun control, so I posted a reply to his message on TexasGOPVote.com. Yesterday I received another message from the Senator expressing more foolishness that I though you should know about. For some reason, Durbin seems to think that background checks will stop criminals from obtaining guns. It is clear this man has no understanding about criminals and guns and should not even be involved in the debate on this issue.
The email this week was his proud proclamation about how he took on the all powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and it's leader, Wayne LaPierre. Durbin stated, Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, made a preposterous assertion that universal background checks won't stop criminals." In testimony before the Senate this week, LaPierre testified on the issue of universal background checks and the lack of enforcement of current gun laws saying, "My problem with background checks is you're never gonna get criminals to go through universal background checks."
Durbin interrupted LaPierre and said, "If criminals don't purchase guns because they don't want to undergo a background check, we'll stop millions of felons from getting guns in the first place! Wouldn't we rather stop criminals before they act, rather than prosecuting them after they commit gun crimes?" He claims LaPierre missed the point of the universal background checks but it is clearly Durbin who is missing the point.
Currently, anyone purchasing a firearm from a gun dealer must go through a background check. However, if you, as a private citizen wishing to sell a piece of property that you own (a firearm) to another private citizen there is no process or requirement for a background check. This is what they want to change in the law. They want you to have to go through an expensive bureaucratic process to sell your own personal property.
Liberal Fool Durbin naively believes that if we create universal background checks we will stop criminals from getting guns. Let's see how that plays out in this scenario.
Two guys get together in a back alley. One is a criminal looking to get rid of some stolen guns. The other is a criminal needing new hardware for his next crime. (In my best gang banger/criminal voice)... Buyer Criminal says, "Hey man, I need to buy a gun. I got this guy I need to hit in the other gang. He did me wrong, man." The buyer fills out the required background check form and the seller uses his cell phone to call in the information. After the call, Seller Criminal says, "Ah man, I am sorry dude... I would sell you this gun, but you didn't pass Senator Durbin's universal background check. I am really sorry man." The two men walk away... NOT!
Senator Durbin thinks government is the solution to all problems. It is not. Universal background checks will not stop criminals from getting guns. Why? Because they are criminals! No law will stop a criminal from getting a gun. Guns are completely illegal in Mexico. If gun control laws stopped criminals from getting guns, there would not be the tens of thousands of violent murders happening just across our southern border.
But Durbin knows this. He is trying to push "feel good" legislation that sounds tough but does nothing. The federal government rarely enforces the gun laws that are on the books today. This is the point LaPierre was making and that was totally missed by the Liberal Fool.