Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, went into a gun store and purchased an AR-15. Now, Mr. Kelly is already a gun owner, so it was highly unlikely that he was not going to pass the required background check. During the 20 days Mr. Kelly had to wait before picking up his gun the owner of the gun store realized just who Mr. Kelly was and cancelled the sale and refunded Mr. Kelly’s money.
The owner had the following to say: “While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then [sic] for his personal use,” Douglas MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply, said in the post.
Sooo, Mr. MacKinlay gets to decide who can buy a gun from his store. There is really nothing wrong with this – a shop owner, feeling that a customer is buying a gun for the purpose of, say, shooting up his neighbor’s barn shouldn’t sell the weapon. On the other hand, I wasn’t aware that the ability to read minds was a requirement for owning a gun store.
Perhaps, in lieu of the ability to read minds, universal background checks for ALL gun sales and transfers of ownership, whether in a gun store, at a gun show, or private sales should be mandatory. No sane person wants to find out that the gun he sold to the okay-looking guy from across town was actually sold to a felon who used it to shoot the police officer who’d arrested him a year or two ago or the wife he’d been arrested for beating so badly she ended up in the hospital or to commit another felony or to be successful in the purchaser’s next suicide attempt.
What is the problem here? Why are so many so resistant to universal background checks?