Guns Save Life is strongly opposed to the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise.
Put simply, the bill restricts your ability to sell your own personal property, and allows the federal government to capture information about the sale as part of a background check. Registration of firearms is a vital component to gun confiscation, and anyone that says that can’t happen in America needs look no further than California where it’s happening right now. “See a shrink, lose your guns,” would be an applicable description of what’s happening there in some cases.
We might be more inclined to support a voluntary call-in number where private individuals could call an 800 number to check on the eligibility of a certain individual to own firearms, but then again there would be privacy issues there as anyone could call about anyone, including someone they intended to rob or otherwise victimize to determine if there is a legal prohibition to firearms in that household. In other words, prohibited persons would be at a higher risk of home invasion, burglary, assault and so forth.
There are no shortage of laws on the books dealing with selling firearms to prohibited persons and usually common sense goes a long way to detecting an attempted so-called “straw purchase”. No responsible gun owner wants to put a gun in the hands of an irresponsible person.
And just as we don’t penalize all responsible drivers for the acts of a few irresponsible people, we should not penalize all gun owners for the acts of a few criminals.
Gun control is an utter failure in its intended purpose as much as Prohibition and the war on drugs. Gun control only increases violent crime, every time.
Certainly the compromise has some provisions for reducing restrictions on gun owners and we think those would be fine proposals to pass into law.
In short, we are opposed to the Manchin-Toomey compromise, and frankly, believe both men should be primaried at the next election when their terms are expiring.