The gist of the NRA argument about background checks is that because we’re not prosecuting everyone who tries to purchase a gun and fails a background check we should simply dispense with or not expand the background checks at all. So if we’re not prosecuting everyone who tries to purchase a gun we should stop preventing them from purchasing the gun. That’s completely crazy. Not to mention wildly disingenuous.
Secondly, in no other part of criminal law or public health do we dismiss effective policies because they’re not 100% effective. Do we not advocate condom use because not everyone will practice safe sex? Do we not vaccinate because vaccination is not 100% effective or because not everyone gets vaccinated? Do we not ban narcotics sales because “the criminals” won’t follow the laws?
The dishonesty and inanity of these arguments is mind-boggling.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.