With the recent murders by some individuals with firearms, there are quite a few politicians and news media suggestions how to stop them. One that all have brought up are background checks.
Well, we already have them. They are called National Instant Background Checks and have been around for 20 years. In that time there have been 1,653,771 denials, and of those, 86,5910 were felons. Keep in mind that it is a felony to lie on the application.
In a 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office for the year 2017, there were 8,606,286 applications; of those, there were 112,090 denials. The FBI investigated 12,710 and only 20 of them were prosecuted. Again, keep in mind that it is a felony to lie on the application from.
I get the idea that the background checks are not working. Perhaps there is inadequate funding to enforce the law. This falls to Congress to step up and provide the means to make it work.
Are there structural things that can be done to make it work better? Of course, and a major one is a complete reporting by all law enforcement agencies. Conspiracy theorist that I may be, I believe that some politicians don’t care about what criminals do. They are using them as a goal to control us.