During a Wednesday hearing on the Democrats’ universal background check bill, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) pointed out the bill targets law-abiding citizens.
He noted that criminals do not get get their guns legally, so laws impacting legal points of sale will only impact law-abiding citizens.
On January 15, 2019, Breitbart News reported Department of Justice (DOJ) figures showing that fewer than three percent of prisoners who used guns for crime acquired those guns at a gun show or at retail. The vast majority — 56 percent — stole their guns, acquired them at the scene of a crime, or got them via the black market. Collins is making this point, noting that criminals will not be impacted by universal background checks because they do not buy their guns from sources where such checks will occur.
Collins tweeted that universal background checks are actually a “fraud” because they are being presented with promises of safety, but it is a safety they cannot deliver:
The greatest cruelty in the world is to tell people you'll help them through legislation and then try to pass off a bill that would do nothing to fix the problems that you claim to fix. In legal terms, that's called fraud. #HR8
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) February 6, 2019
Ironically, universal background checks would not have prevented a single mass shooting in the 21st century. This is because nearly every mass shooter purchased his guns via the existing background check system. The exceptions were those who stole their guns.
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