In comments to this post, CJ wants to know:

 what happens if someone comes out with statistics that say people with
blue eyes are 87% more likely to use a gun to commit a crime, or some
other ridiculous ‘fact.’

 We already have facts like that. Black Americans are statistically 4 times more likely to commit a violent crime than any other segment of the population. That does not mean, however, that we pass laws restricting the activities of all blacks. We are a nation of individual rights, and it doesn’t matter if everyone else committed a certain act yesterday, I didn’t.

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cJ · May 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

This bill is ruling out an entire group of people because some of the people in this group do bad things. I'm not saying I support or am against the bill, however it is restricting an entire group.

Divemedic · May 18, 2013 at 1:11 am

No, not neccessarily. Without reading the text of the bill, it sounds like it is restricting INDIVIDUALS of the population who have been adjudicated mentally ill by a court. They have had their DUE PROCESS and their day in court. Of course, a state law prohibiting the mentally ill from owning a firearm is pointless, because there is already a Federal Law against it.

A law that discriminates against a group, or even discriminates against an individual without affording him due process is not the same thing.

However, if you are referring to the part about a law for so-called "universal background checks" I think this is a wrong headed idea.

1: Do you really think that a law requiring people to do a background check when they sell a gun on the street corner will be followed? If so, why not pass a law requiring all sales of cocaine be reported to the state?
2: This is a way to register firearms. Once "universal background checks" are in place, the government will know where honest gun owners are, and can come get the guns at their leisure.

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