Mike Rowe: When There’s a Hole in Your Net, You Don’t Need a Bigger Net You Need a Smaller Hole
Television’s Mike Rowe went on a fun rant about the White House’s recent call for celebrities to support stricter gun control laws through social media–and why he probably wasn’t asked to help.
“I’ve just received a request from The White House,” said Rowe on his Facebook page. “On behalf of The President, I’ve been asked to share some talking points directly with each one of you, regarding the need to expand background checks on those citizens who wish to purchase a gun!”
“Just kidding,” he joked.
Rowe went on to criticize proposed expanded background checks, instead he argued in favor of enforcing and repairing the existing background check system.
“Currently, thousands of people deemed mentally incompetent by the courts are not registered in our national check system,” said Rowe. “That’s insane, if you’ll pardon the irony, in part because it’s so easily correctable.
“Likewise, The ATF says that most states report less than 80 percent of their felony convictions to the national system,” he continued. “As a result, nearly 7 million convicted felons are not currently registered. Is it any surprise that nearly every mass killer in recent memory passed a background check?”
“Our current system is only as good as the records in it, and right now, those records are laughably incomplete.”
Rowe went on to describe in detail many of the problems he has with the existing background system and offered solid suggestions on how to address them. He also suggested that the next time the White House calls for support, that people might do well to share what they really think of gun control.
He also laid out this challenge to other celebs: “If our elected officials are going to rely on actors and comedians to advance their political agendas, let’s not limit them to 140 characters or a list of pre-approved talking points. Seriously, where’s the fun in that? In the name of authenticity, let’s encourage our celebrities to use their own words.”
“It seems to be working for Trump…”
If you like this and want more pay a visit to Mike Rowe on Facebook. There’s plenty more where that came from.