Thursday, January 31, 2013
"14% of gun owners know that, Kent."
At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence and gun control, Texas Sen. John Cornyn argued that before trying to ban any particular weapons or ammunition magazines, the government should focus on enforcement of laws already in existence. He noted that gun crime prosecutions fell 13 percent from 2007 to 2011 and called in particular for tighter enforcement of laws that ban lying on background checks.
Glory, Hallelujah! Somebody finally provided some semblance of stats along with the "enforce current laws not new ones" canard.
I'm still puzzled, though. Out of 160M background checks since 1998, there were just shy of 1M denials. Is Cornyn suggesting that if we prosecuted 1M people, who in fact were prevented from having guns as the system was designed, it would somehow...stop people who aren't getting guns from getting guns?
Also, while it's not entirely clear what precisely he (or the report) means by "gun crime prosecutions", it is interesting to me that they've fallen 13% from 2007-2011, during which period murder with firearms has fallen 15%. Might there not be a correlation?
And again, so the fuck what? Because the background check system is working as designed, we shouldn't close the loophole that allows guns to be sold without the check? We shouldn't consider other constitutional measures that could further reduce the falling crime rate? It still makes no sense, even when there are some sketchy numbers behind the excuse.
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