Let’s look at a few gun stories today – the first, from our own Colorado. GOP Attempts to Repeal Colorado Background Checks Law. Excerpt:
Colorado Republicans revived the most contentious debate of the last legislative session when they tried to repeal gun purchase background checks.
State Sen. George Rivera, the Republican who replaced Democrat Angela Giron when she was recalled from office because of her support of this and other new gun control laws, sponsored the bill.
Most of the testimony revolved around the question of whether or not the new law — which requires background checks not only for gun purchases at retail stores but also in private sales between individuals — will help reduce violent crime. A background check is also required if a gun is loaned to someone for more than 72 hours, such as for hunting, sport shooting or safekeeping.
What’s interesting about that article and the controversy around it is found in this line:
Opponents of the repeal pointed to 104 instances of potential gun buyers failing background checks during attempted private transactions since the law went into effect on July 1. The reasons ranged from previous convictions for homicide to sexual assault.
Ok, then; one hundred and four people have committed a Federal felony, in attempting to illegally purchase a firearm.
Where are the arrests? Where are the convictions? Why did the gang of Mensa dropouts we call the Colorado Legislature pass this law, which obviously nobody intends to enforce?
One of the more idiotic provisions of this piece of legislative stupidity is the requirement to undergo a background check if you borrow a firearm from a neighbor or friend, say for a hunting trip. This provision is utterly unenforceable and will be roundly ignored. Combine this with the total ignoring of people who fail the background checks, and we are left with one question: What the bloody hell was this law meant to actually accomplish?
While we’re on the subject of abject stupidity: School Officials Deeply Troubled Over Guns Appearing ON SIGNS BANNING GUNS. Excerpt:
Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.
“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.
She said she would prefer “something more subtle.”
“You can’t look at this (sticker) and not think about Sandy Hook,” the principal added.
Let’s be honest: Principal Nolan is a hypersensitive nitwit.
One more, this one a piece of good news; the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the pro-sportsman SHARE Act. Blind hogs and acorns, as they say. Excerpt:
(The National Shooting Sports Foundation), along with a number of its partners, has been working closely with members of the House to ensure inclusion of a number of legislative priorities in the SHARE Act including provisions that will protect the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle by hunters and anglers, provide greater flexibility for states to utilize Pittman-Robertson funds to create and enhance public shooting ranges and facilitate greater access to Federal lands and waters for hunting, recreational fishing and shooting.
Of course, this legislation still has to get through the Senate in one form or another, and be approved by the President, who by all indications is no friend of the shooting sports. But, as mentioned earlier – blind hogs and acorns. We’ll see.