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Universal checks would lead to confiscation

Published 9:28pm Monday, March 4, 2013

To the editor:

I would like to respond to Ben Goldberg’s recent letter, which supported a “universal” background check for gun purchases.

The liberal media tells us the universal background check is supported by the majority of the American people, including most gun owners. I doubt that, but think that there is a need to help everyone understand that if the universal background check becomes law, then any transfer (not necessarily a sale) of a gun to anyone, including transfers within families, would require an FBI background check of the recipient.

But the worst effect would likely be the establishment of federal gun registration, a necessary step toward eventual confiscation.

We all must realize that that is clearly the ultimate goal of the lefties to disarm us, no matter what the Constitution states. They want maximum control of the American people by further empowering the federal government, so they can take “better” care of us as they consider fair and appropriate. That kind of attitude defines socialism.

Also, the existing FBI background check has effectively prevented most criminals from legally buying guns. But most are not prosecuted for falsifying the application. The result? They will get a gun some other way.

The IRS can and does prosecute anyone submitting a false 1040. Why not prosecute for false gun-purchase applications? Vice President Joe Biden says that’s too costly, but he still insists on more gun-control laws.

Ron Pyle 

Suffolk

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  • acnos711

    Universal background checks may sound logical on the surface but regulating your Second Amendment right is a slippery slope. The Second Amendment protection of your right to bear arms should not be regulated any more than your right to free speech or due process. What part of “shall not be infringed” is unclear?

    The media will tell you the Second Amendment cites “a well regulated militia” and that, with the National Guard in place, ordinary citizens don’t need all those guns. Well the Second Amendment was put in place precisely to ensure the people had the the right to keep and bear arms to defend themselves in the case of a tyrannical government.

    There are laws in place to punish people that commit crimes, with or without firearms. First it wilk be Universal background checks, then they’ll ban “assault” weapons.

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