Sundays Camera cartoon merits a response. The NRA agrees with President Obama that firearms should be kept out of the hands of criminals, but disagrees with Obama on how to do it. Rather than focusing on guns, which is Obama’s approach, focus should be on criminals, mental health issues and existing laws. For the record, the “Gun Show Loophole” deserves an explanation. Under Federal law anyone in the business of selling guns for profit are required to conduct a criminal background check to anyone to whom they sell to regardless of where the sale takes place ( gun shows ). Federal law also provides that a person that is not a licensed dealer may sell a gun from his personal collection without a criminal background check ( say I buy a shotgun from my neighbor ). Guns are occasionally sold from personal collections at gun shows and gun prohibitionist call this a “loophole”. Regarding the assertion that criminals often obtain guns at gun shows, the most recent federal study puts the figure at 0.7 percent ( NRA ).
Lastly, I believe the NRA make’s a good point in encouraging people to report to the proper authorities “red flags” when they seen them such as the Tucson shooter Jared Loughner- mentally unstable- and the Foot Hood killer Major Hasan- religious extremist, both of whom slipped though the system.