The Conversation

A modest proposal: trade background checks for Fast and Furious disclosure

The Obama administration and the gun control caucus in Congress will likely fail to enact any new legislation--except, perhaps, for a law to provide for "universal" background checks for gun purchases (i.e. covering private sales or transfers in addition to already existing checks for gun purchases from licensed dealers).

The chances of passage are still in doubt. However, they could be improved with a little horse-trading. Allow me to suggest that the Obama administration offer its own "universal" disclosure on guns--i.e. release the bogus executive privilege exerted by the president to cover up documents relating to Fast and Furious. Let the public know how the Obama administration orchestrated illegal, cross-border gun transfers to criminals.

In exchange, Republicans would agree to pass universal background checks through the House. Deal?


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