There have indeed been more mass shootings than days in 2019. At least by the very loose definition employed by the GVA.

In fact, as of December 6, the GVA had reported 401 mass shootings.

Sounds like a strong case for background checks, doesn’t it?

But wait a second, just for grins and giggles, let’s see where all those mass shootings are happening.

When we actually look at something besides the big number, we find something unexpected: 39% of them happened in the 12 states with background checks (Hawaii and Rhode Island are among the states with no mass shootings reported).

It gets worse for background check fans: California leads the nation in the number of mass shootings. Illinois is the runner-up. Chicago, all by itself, has had more mass shootings than any state other than California or Illinois.

Of course, California is the most populous state in the union, so allowances have to be made, right?

If we look at the rate of mass shootings per 100,000 population, Louisiana has the highest rate. It’s followed by Maryland and Illinois, both states known for restrictive legislation. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives Maryland’s gun laws an “A” and bestows a “B+” on Illinois. Louisiana gets a big “F” from the Giffords group.

California’s big population drops it way down the list, to the #20 spot. But F-rated Texas, the second-largest state, is at #25, with a rate nearly 18% lower than California, which gets the best Giffords grade of any state. Florida, the third-largest state, got bumped up to a C- because it passed some laws in the hysteria of Parkland, is at #29 with a rate 36% below California.

New Jersey, another state with a gold-star “A” from Giffords, is at #16, above California and Oklahoma, which adopted constitutional carry this year. Yup, as of the first of November Oklahoma residents don’t need a permit to carry a concealed handgun anymore. Oklahoma, of course, got an “F” from the Giffords folks.

How about Arizona? That’s a wild state: anyone, resident or not, has been able to carry a concealed handgun in Arizona since 2010 and it’s not unusual to see someone openly carrying a handgun.

Sorry! Arizona comes in at #30, wearing its Gifford “F” like a badge of honor. Since 2010, the homicide rate in Arizona has dropped twice as much as gun-law-happy California.

California enacted universal background checks in 1991 and has been on a gun-control binge ever since. The Golden State can point with pride to a 65% plunge in it’s homicide rate — until you compare it to Texas.

Texas didn’t pass a universal background check law in 1991 or in any year since then. In fact, since 1991, Texas has enacted its first-ever concealed handgun permit; ended its 140-year-old ban on open carry, made it legal to have a concealed handgun in a motor vehicle without a permit; and relaxed its gun regulations. Since 1991, the homicide rate in the Lone Star State has dropped 70% and its now just slightly above the California rate.

Here’s another bitter pill for background check fans: Every time there’s a mass shooting, gun control advocates rush out and assure us that background checks save lives. President Obama even said that if background check could save even a single life, it would be worth it to pass them.

Background checks have been required for all retail sales made by a federally license dealer since the end of February 1994. Since that time, 548 people have been murdered and 1,071 people have been wounded by mass shooters that passed background checks.

Dr. Garen Wintemute, a well-know advocate of gun control, did a study of California’s background check laws. The study concluded that they had no impact on the rate of homicide or the rate of suicide. More recently, Dr. Wintemute looked at the more recently enacted laws in Colorado, Delaware, and Washington state. Only in Delaware did he find any evidence of the background check law having an impact. It’s worth noting that the homicide rates in all three states rose faster than the national rate in the years following the institution of background checks.

Are we having fun yet?

Dr. Wintemute observed that background checks were ineffective in Colorado and Washington because people ignored them and law enforcement didn’t crack down on them.

There’s a reason for that and it’s the final nail in the coffin for background check laws. They are unenforceable.

One of President Obama’s gun control experts wrote a paper about the various gun control laws under consideration. He wrote that a workable system of background checks depends on universal firearm registration.

He’s right. How is a sheriff or police chief supposed to enforce mandatory background checks when they don’t even know who has what guns, where the guns are, or when they got them?

That’s one of the reasons that when Nevada passed a universal background check law earlier this year, the sheriffs of all 17 Nevada counties said they weren’t going to enforce it.

You say, “Well, we’ll just pass a law requiring gun registration!”

I say, “U.S. Code Title 18, Section 926(a)(3) says ‘No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.’”

That’s right, registration is illegal under federal law. Which makes the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 even more ridiculous than it already was. The prohibition against registration contained in the act was not only the seed of its own destruction, it was redundant.

That’s over and above the fact that the proposed law exceeds the constitutional authority of Congress, even with a generous interpretation of the Commerce Clause.

But here you are, using yet another incident that no gun law would have prevented to stump for a law that hasn’t worked, can’t work, won’t be enforced, and is most likely going to be tossed out by the courts.

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but it seems to me that he’s doing you a favor.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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