So, earlier this week, Borepatch put up a post about how it's beggining to look like 'universal background checks' might have a chance at the Federal level. Here in Washington, a bill for background checks has already cleared the State House(but faces a tougher time in the Senate). This shouldn't be too surprising, since the NRA came out shortly after the Newtown shootings and basically said they wouldn't fight background checks.
Here is where I risk my limited reputation....you see, considered in a vacuum, I really don't have a huge problem with adding 'Universal Background Checks'. It doesn't offend me the way an AWB, or even just a Colorado style magazine limit would....as long as the Background Checks don't evolve into a registration, which wouldn't happen with the way the proposed bill in Washington is worded. I'd just mentally tack $20-25 on the price of a used gun, and carry on.
The problem is, we aren't in a vacuum, and bending over and taking it on Background checks this legislative session in the hopes that they won't push an AWB only saves us THIS year. If we give up easy on this fight, then what do we throw under the bus next year?
That's a point I try to get across to my friends...the line NEVER stays stationary. Either we are trying to make the laws less restictive, or the other side is trying to make them more restrictive. There is no such thing as enjoying the status quo when it comes to Gun Control.