Via V. Saxena:
Earlier this week, the White House emailed “talking points” to celebrities, urging them to tweet the points in support of President Barack Obama’s new gun-control initiative. When entrepreneur Mike Rowe found out about this sketchy move, he took to Facebook to share his thoughts about it.
Rowe started his Facebook post, which he published this Friday, by wondering why the White House avoided sending him a request as well. He guessed that perhaps the White House falsely assumed that he does not support background checks:
The White House would be mistaken to assume that I oppose background checks on gun purchases. I do not. I’m just skeptical that expanding a broken system is the best way to keep guns away from bad guys and lunatics.
Why does he feel skeptical?
Currently, thousands of people deemed mentally incompetent by the courts are NOT registered in our National Check System.
… Likewise, The ATF says that most states report less than 80% of their felony convictions to the national system. As a result, nearly 7 million convicted felons are not currently registered.
The lesson here is this: “Seems to me, our current system is only as good as the records in it, and right now, those records are laughably incomplete.”
Exactly. The Obama administration is doing a piss poor job enforcing the regulations already on the book, though the extent of their mismanagement goes even deeper than this:
But even more troubling are the tens of thousands of people who ARE in the system, that keep trying to buy guns illegally with absolutely no consequence.”
Lying on your application to purchase a firearm is a federal offense, but very few are prosecuted for doing so.
According to Politico, the Feds have prosecuted just 1.5% of all those individuals who have attempted to purchase a gun illegally. If my math is correct, that means 98.5% of people who are NOT allowed to own a gun, have not been prosecuted for trying to buy one.
Maybe it’s a manpower problem? Maybe it’s a resource problem? But whatever the reason, many thousands of individuals who try to purchase a gun illegally are allowed to keep on trying. Many eventually succeed, and then use that gun in the commission of a crime. This strikes me a serious problem. And yet, I’ve received no tweets from my favorite action heroes, asking me to support an effort to fix the system we have. Why is that?
Rowe then argues that it is not because of the NRA nor its gun rights’ supporters “that so many criminals and lunatics are able to buy guns today”:
Nor do they appear to oppose the kind of overhaul that would give us a more effective check system. In fact, wasn’t it The NRA that demanded background checks back in the mid-nineties, the moment the technology was first made available?
It is because of the government’s own absurdly gigantic incompetence:
… [W]e now possess…