I think most gun owners would be more willing to listen to the pro-gun control lobby if they could just demonstrate that they know anything at all about the item they want to ban. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard calls for the return of an “assault weapons” ban that was widely declared ineffective, and that’s why it was allowed to expire. I’ve also heard calls for banning all “semi-automatic” weapons, which means just about every gun made since 1900…for closing Internet and gun show “loopholes” that don’t exist…and for banning “automatic weapons,” which have been nearly impossible for any private citizen to buy since 1934, and "assault weapons," which is a nebulous term with no solid meaning that relates to a gun's lethality. This lack of understanding of basic firearms facts is why, in the wake of a mass shooting, we always hear calls for more laws even though no proposed law would have stopped the shooter from obtaining a weapon, or there were laws already in place that should have stopped it, but they weren’t enforced.
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So hat’s off to Business Insider reporter Hayley Peterson, for actually going out and testing one of the cherished incorrect assumptions of the gun control lobby: that it’s really easy for just anyone to walk into Walmart and come out with a gun.
At the link, Peterson relates how she was surprised to learn not only that there are already a lot of laws you have to comply with before buying a gun, and that Walmart takes them very seriously – so seriously that she had to come back twice and still got rejected because of a discrepancy about her address on her background check. She never imagined that someone like her with a perfectly clean record would have problems buying a gun. But she admitted, “Overall, the experience left me with the impression that buying a gun at Walmart is more complicated than I expected, and that Walmart takes gun sales and security pretty seriously.”
I commend her for doing real research rather than just accepting false politicized narratives, and for being honest enough to admit that things were not as she had been led to believe. If more people would do that, maybe we could finally get down to having some serious discussions about stopping mass shootings that address the real issues rather than just punishing the law-abiding.