Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is quiet about his positions on gun laws, but it is clear that he supports expanding background checks to gun shows.
Forcing gun show attendees to undergo a mandatory federal background check would not have prevented even one mass shooting in recent memory, but it would make grandpa’s trip to the gun show a more cumbersome task. In turn, grandpa may even forgo buying a collectible firearm as a way to avoid putting his name in a database via Jones’ gun show background check.
Finding Jones’ position on gun issues is not easy. As VoteSmart reports, “Doug Jones has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2017 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.” A copy of the 2016 VoteSmart Political Courage Test shows one simple question on guns: “Do you generally support gun-control legislation?” The candidate can answer by either checking “yes” or “no.” There are additional lines below the question where the candidate can explain which gun controls he supports.
But Jones has said enough in small soundbites to make clear that he supports expanding background checks to cover gun shows. The Washington Post quoted him saying such an expansion “would be helpful.”
His support for gun show regulation is the logical outgrowth of his overarching belief that the Second Amendment has “limitations.” In fact, Jones believes every natural right protected by the Bill of Rights is limited. The Alabama Political Reporter quoted Jones saying, “We’ve got limitations on all constitutional amendments in one form or another.”
The problem with Jones’ view is that our Founding Fathers gave us the Bill of Rights to place limits on government, not limits on the people’s liberty. This is why the four last words of the Second Amendment are “Shall not be infringed.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.