In an interview with Washington Life (WL) magazine, former America’s Most Wanted host, John Walsh, said Americans have “too many guns” and face “no real gun control.”
Moreover, Walsh said that “there are no background checks,” even though a background check requirement has been the law of the land since 1998, and millions of such checks are conducted on would-be gun purchasers every year.
According to WL, Walsh described America as “the most dangerous first world country in the world.” This is due, he believes, to the number of guns Americans own and the lack of any “real gun control”–highlighted by the absence of background checks, which, Walsh says, we do not have, but which actually became federal law while Bill Clinton was president.
What Walsh did not mention is that gun control actually empowers criminals, and our background check system has proven that via the number of latent criminals who have passed background checks and acquired a gun, only then to commit heinous crimes that result in loss of life. For example, Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho passed a background check for his gun, as did Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, Gabby Giffords’ attacker Jared Loughner, DC Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger, alleged Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Abdulazeez, alleged Lafayette theater gunman John Russell Houser, and Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, among many others.
When 62-year-old Richard Nielson allegedly shot and killed 38-year-old Russell Allen Mitchell in Wilmington, North Carolina, on February 6, New Hanover County Sheriff Sgt. Jerry Brewer explained that Nielson passed criminal and mental background checks for his gun. However, Sheriff Brewer also pointed out what should be obvious: namely, that background checks cannot stop potential criminals, only actual ones.
The bottom line is that our problem is not a lack of gun control, but an unrealistic expectation that gun control can actually stop criminals from acting like criminals or prevent evil people from being evil. Placing more gun control on the backs of law-abiding citizens because of the conduct of the criminal element only succeeds in making it more difficult for everyday Americans to defend their lives and property when criminals attack.
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