Initiative 594: Washington State Approves Expansion
What a disappointing day . Generally, I try to give society the benefit of the doubt, hoping that we have the collective ability to improve our communities through reason and knowledge. Some day’s though, society is just a god damn disappointment.
Today, Washington State approved Initiative 594, an Expansion on Gun Background Checks. What this does is basically require background checks not only through federally licensed dealers, but for private party transactions, loans, and gifts. Essentially, if I want to buy a firearm through a private party, I can no longer do so legally without the submitting to a background check.
…Where do they come up with this stuff?
I understand how many people come to the conclusion that passing additional laws like Initiative 594 will somehow improve gun control. But they are not using facts or logic to come to this conclusion. Let’s break this down a little, and see just how effective such a measure will truly be. First of all, I am a legal US born citizen, I have never committed a felony or even a misdemeanor. I have not spent one night in a jail cell, have never been convicted of a single crime, and have but a single traffic violation to my name from my teenage years. I will be required to go through the background check, pay the fee, and wait. Fine, great. I did what you wanted, and I will pass your background check with flying colors. This will be the case with everyone like me, the everyday law abiding citizen of the United States of America.
Let’s flip the page and look at Mister Criminal, the guy who Initiative 594 is targeted at. Mister Criminal has multiple felonies, DUI, Possession charges, and Domestic Violence on his record. Mister Criminal also owns several guns, and will own several more, all without submitting to a background check. Why is this? Because he’s a god damn criminal, and that’s the whole point. Do you honestly think, someone with the intention of committing a serious crime, would be bothered with the details of a background check? Yeah, I think not.
A Tired and Dis-proven Argument
One of the many fine points these Gun Control Advocates continue to spew out of their uneducated mouths is that of school shootings. They reason that, if we had more gun control, we would have less school shooting, less violent crimes, and less gun deaths altogether. That’s a nice thought, and one of the propelling points of Initiative 594, but ultimately incorrect. Not only incorrect, they are about as far from correct as you can get. In fact, the majority of all violence with firearms is committed through people who obtained their firearms legally. Every one of those school shooting we hear so much about, you guessed it, were done with firearms that were obtained legally with background checks.
Is Gun Control Really The Issue?
Let’s stop for a minute and consider the idea that maybe Gun Control is not the top issue. How about our countries Mental Health Services? Are these really issues of Gun Control or do we have a mental health care crisis on our hands? There is certainly evidence to support such a theory, and as I stated, facts and statistics will show you that the majority of these gun crimes that prompted Initiative 594 were involving firearms that were obtained legally. The issue was not obtaining a firearm without a background check, but occurred when that person snapped and decided to use that firearm for ill-intent. Could be a spouse caught cheating, a child who has struggled through years of abuse and neglect, or stressed out military personnel who have been pushed beyond their limits. These are all things that within the last few months, have pushed many people to commit such unbelievable crimes. These are people that needed help when it was least accessible to them. These are people, who by all means were probably good hearted at one point, and were pushed to the brink by their circumstances. Does this justify the crimes? Of course not, but unless you are going to require extensive mental health evaluations for every gun purchaser in the United States, Initiative 594 and those like it will do nothing but waste time and tax payer money.
Simply put, when we pass laws like Initiative 594, only the law abiding citizens are effected. The criminals will still continue to be criminals, and they will choose to possess whichever firearms they wish to, and they will not be bothered to let you know.