DO agree background checks (imho) ARE a must for a lot of reasons, many of which I've already stated here, but to "extend" those checks begs the question "HOW"?
IN PLACE seem to work out fine, IF they are performed and enforced AS DESIGNED.
The title of the article is also a bit on the misleading side - "Background Checks Will Save Cops".
Such checks HAVE been saving cops for quite a while now, but for some reason, York doesn't get the premise that most ALL criminals DO-NOT-FOLLOW-THE-LAW, ergo, they will find a way AROUND ANY AND ALL background checks...simple enough to understand, right?
I say keeping thugs off the street (or in the cemetery) will save cops.
For example, what law for a B/G check COULD you put in place that would save LEOs from being AMBUSHED by street gangs, all with stolen or otherwise illegally-obtained firearms?
(Short answer - NONE)
The whole STRAW-PURCHASE gig is being addressed and people ARE being prosecuted for doing so, due to vigilant gun shop owners.
You can't background check personal sales between people, though...unless both parties are law-abiding, and keep records of the transactions.
Criminals can't be bothered with that stuff, so again...no law created would stop this.
If there was one area where I would "amend" the current laws, it would be with those suffering from a mental disorder which could lead to criminal or suicidal behavior, and yes, that includes the wonderful world of pharmaceuticals, prescribed by physicians.
The whole doctor-patient confidentiality aspect needs to be re-examined, if the potential for harm (by firearm) surfaces, but you have to be very careful here.
Someone taking one drug for say high blood pressure might ALSO be taking a somewhat similar drug used to treat clinical depression, PTSD or bi-polar disorder, and that could wash out that person from purchasing ANY firearm, even for personal protection, because of the DRUG, and NOT the mental condition of the patient.
York believes that officer safety is ignored by groups like the NRA, for he states they would say: "The only way to stop a BAD guy with a gun is with a GOOD guy with a gun."
I dunno, Rus...I'd say having GOOD GUYS with guns makes ME feel a HELLUVA lot safer, whether the good guy is wearing a SHIELD...or not.
Now, hang onto that whole "good guy" thought...it will figure into the NEXT story.
York firmly believes in extending those current background checks.
I say why not just ENFORCE the ones you already have, and increase the penalties for those skirting the laws.
A mandatory FIVE YEAR FEDERAL sentence for ANY crime committed with a firearm should be sufficient a start.
(added on to any and all other charges the perp incurs)
Sorry, Rus, but you need to see the forest for the trees here...seriously.
*** We made it to HOMICIDE NUMBER TWENTY-ONE this year, but this one can be considered an act of "urban-renewal", as I like to call them.
VERY good read:
I love the title: "Would-be Robber Shot Dead"
(always puts a smile on MY face)
A scuffle followed and the resident at the apartments at 710 W. Packard managed to shoot one of the robbers FOUR times (.40 cal)...the other one fled on foot.
((--Note to Crims: Never bring a toy gun to a robbery when the person being robbed is packing REAL heat and isn't afraid to USE it.))
I'm just sayin'...it COULD have been a lookalike...I don't know at this point.
HAVE to get a proper CCP...just so I can feel a lot safer (and the crimes can feel a lot LESS safer).
The man who drew his gun against the robbers suffered a slight wound to his foot during the altercation, but was released from hospital.
THEM out of YOUR area...not the other way around.
Makes me want to build us a PORCH now...heh, heh, heh.
(( Editor's Update - 1230 hrs - the name of he D/B has been released along with "the rest of the story"...found here at WANE:
The "weapon" found near the D/B WAS in fact an AIRSOFT pistol...oh, well.
Looks like I called that one RIGHT!
And "another perp bites the dust", as a result of being too damn STUPID.))
*** This is an ongoing story about a man shot in the face who drove himself to hospital.