Those of us who support I-594 (background checks for most gun sales) realize that it is not a cure-all for our country’s gun problem. It is better than doing nothing, however. As mentioned in your June 27 article (“Jews and guns: What’s our responsibility?”), when Missouri rescinded its background check law, gun violence increased dramatically.
In your article, you had an interview with Jeffrey Slotnick of a security company. He believes most law enforcement officials are opposed to background checks. Mr. Slotnick is probably thinking of the PoliceOne.org survey, which factcheck.org shows to be totally misleading.
In contrast, it appears to me that many law officials support background checks.
Last year, many law enforcement officials met with President Obama and urged him to support background checks. At a Senate hearing in 2013, the police chief of Milwaukee embarrassed
Senator Lindsay Graham by calling for background checks. The International Association of Chiefs of Police supports background checks.
Mr. Tobias mentions that guns are often used to stop crimes. He doesn’t mention how many times a person’s gun is used against them or a family member or friend by accident. He doesn’t mention how many times guns are used in crimes.
And lastly, the big argument that if many people had concealed guns, some of the past massacres wouldn’t have been as severe. Maybe so; but what else might happen? Let’s say that schoolteachers carry guns. A seriously mentally ill person walks into the room and shoots the teacher! Then what? On the other hand, let’s say a teacher carries a gun. One day a
student grabs it and then…?
Yes, we know that criminals will still be able to get guns, but I-594 is a simple way to reduce those numbers. The majority of people in the United States, over 79 percent, support
background checks. Many of these are guns owners.
Anti-gun control people say they don’t want their Second Amendment rights taken away. I would ask them: How would I-594 keep them from owning a gun?