Illinois Senator Richard Durbin’s exchange Wednesday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre defined the disconnect anti-gun Democrats have with the reality of so-called “universal background checks” and why they won’t stop criminals from obtaining firearms.
As quoted in the Seattle Times, and shown in this video, Durbin became engaged in a frustrating debate with LaPierre. The NRA executive told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “My problem with background checks is that you’re never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks.”
“You’ll create an enormous federal bureaucracy, unfunded, hitting all the little people in the country (who) will have to go through it, pay the fees, pay the taxes,” LaPierre said.
After LaPierre was cut off by Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Durbin made this observation: “Mr. LaPierre, that’s the point. The criminals won’t go to purchase the guns because there will be a background check. We’ll stop them from the original purchase. You miss that point completely.”
No, it is Durbin who “misses the point completely” even after LaPierre had explained it at least twice, to both Durbin and Leahy.
Criminals do not get their firearms through regular retail channels, nor do they get them from gun shows or any other legitimate avenue. They would not, as Sen. Durbin and his fellow anti-gun Democrats evidently believe, be discouraged by a universal background check because they don’t submit to such checks, anyway.
Durbin and other Democrats are delusional on this. They must honestly believe that criminals will simply shrug their shoulders and forget about obtaining firearms because of a universal background check.
Evidently Sen. Durbin doesn’t understand why such people are called “criminals.” It is because they don’t obey the law, instead working outside of the law. They don’t go to gun stores to buy firearms. They steal them or get them from someone else who does, or they obtain them through illegal straw purchases, or trade other stolen goods or drugs for them.
It was obvious from Wednesday’s exchange that Sen. Durbin simply doesn’t get it.
Perhaps LaPierre missed a sterling opportunity to hit him in the head with the brick of reality when Durbin, as noted by the Seattle Times, mentioned the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago on Tuesday, just eight days after she had proudly marched in Barack Obama’s inauguration parade. Ms. Pendleton became Chicago’s 42nd murder victim this year; slain by gunfire in a city where law-abiding citizens are deliberately discouraged by bureaucratic red tape from legally obtaining firearms for their protection, and the protection of their children.
If Durbin thinks the thug who callously shot that girl in the back Tuesday afternoon while she was talking to friends not far from President Obama’s South Side home would have been discouraged by a universal background check, he should move to Seattle and get legally stoned to complete his departure from reality.
Perhaps LaPierre said it best after explaining why such a background check requirement is doomed to failure as a panacea to violent crime.
“None of it,” he observed, “makes any sense in the real world.”
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