Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords released the results of a poll (see below) this week that suggests a majority of voters want Congress to take action to further restrict one’s right to keep and bear arms within the first 100 days of the Biden Administration.
The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group, indicated that 93 percent of Americans support universal background checks, 86 percent of ticket splitters agree that “there is no excuse for the next president and Congress not to pass background checks into law on day one,” and two-thirds of ticket splitters want to see the president take executive action on gun safety, according to a joint press release from the two gun-control organization obtained by GunsAmerica.
“This poll — and this election — send a clear message that gun safety has gone from the third rail of American politics to one of the first things on voters’ minds,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
“Gun safety is good policy and good politics, and acting on it now could unify the country in a way few other issues could,” he continued.
Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler agreed with Feinblatt that now is the time for federal lawmakers and POTUS 46 to move on gun control.
“Leaders in Washington are ready to turn the page and take action to address the gun violence in our country that has unfortunately become a fact of life,” he said. “And if they do, voters will be ready to stand with elected officials who reject the radicalization of the Second Amendment and work to sign universal background checks into law.”
“Universal background checks” is a euphemism for criminalizing the private sale and transfer of firearms. Under current federal law, law-abiding citizens residing within the same state are free to sell or lend firearms to one another without having to visit an FFL and pay a transfer fee.
Should universal background check legislation be enacted, all sales and transfers would be subject to a background check. Every time citizen A wants to sell or lend a firearm to citizen B, the transaction would have to take place via an FFL so the FFL could run a background check on the prospective transferee.
While, in theory, this may sound appealing to the masses, the truth is there is no evidence that universal background checks between private buyers and sellers have any impact on crime.
There are two main reasons for this: (1) criminals, by and large, get their guns via illegal channels (theft, black market, straw purchasers), not responsible sellers; and (2) they rely completely on the honor system. In other words, there is no way to ensure compliance without a national registry that tracks the possession of every single firearm in the country, including those owned by criminals, in real-time.
When one actually considers how universal background checks would play out in the real world it becomes abundantly apparent that they are nothing more than window dressing. Because for them to be the least bit successful, they’d need the most dishonorable people in our society — violent criminals — to suddenly start acting honorably and in accordance with the law.