Friday, November 28, 2014

What's hot on Black Friday?

Forget the iPods or cheap TVs.

Black Friday is America's top gun buying day. Apparently this sparks some fretting at the Washington Post.

The Post notes that some gun purchases are allowed to go through without a full background check because the FBI fails to complete a relative handful of checks in a timely manner.

It's true. Sometimes Black Friday sales overwhelm the background check system.

The Post doesn't mention that the vast majority of unqualified buyers who are caught lying on required federal purchase forms are never prosecuted.

Last year, Politifact.com noted:
The Justice Department has never placed a high priority on pursuing perjury charges from background checks. There are about 70,000 denials for gun purchases a year. Under Bush, 15/100th of 1 percent of the cases were prosecuted. Under Obama, 8/100th of 1 percent of the cases were prosecuted.
Progressive politicians may fret we need more gun control to keep guns out of the what they say are the wrong hands.

But it seems foolish to argue for tougher regulation when government refuses to enforce laws already on the books.

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