Michael Schaus

Coloradoans, apparently, like their guns. The great state of New New York (AKA: Colorado) is on track to break the previous record of total gun sales in the state… At least, that’s according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. By year end, Colorado will have conducted tens of thousands more background checks for gun purchases than ever before in state history.

Some of the up-tick in firearm purchases could be contributed to gun enthusiasts’ desire to buy up firearms before legislators and a certain governor (ahem*Hickenlooper*ahem) choose to outlaw the practice. Advocates of recent gun control laws, however, are suggesting the increase in background checks are a result of “universal background checks’; and are therefore proof that the new laws are keeping Coloradoans safer.

“Dozens of criminals would be walking around with a gun right now if not for the new law,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Colorado legislator with no apparent capacity to digest the meaning of the word “criminal”. Because, ya know, dozens of criminals tried to purchase a firearm from drug dealers, gun runners, and fellow gang members – only to find out that they were unable to pass the required background check. “Oh well,” they said to themselves when their fellow criminal reported the unfortunate denial from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. “I guess I’ll just go back to being an unarmed, and passive, member of society.”

Field’s comment almost takes the cake for the stupidest liberal utterance of 2013. (Well… She would have at least made the top five.)

“We now have five months of data that prove that the law is working,” she continued, ironically ignoring the most recent school shooting, and the obvious fact that only citizens who are already concerned with following the law are – well – following the law…

We might as well consider the universal background check in Colorado as a voluntary background check. After all, there is no registration, practical method for firearm tracking, or “universal” monitoring of firearms. (Don’t worry… I’m not giving Liberals any new ideas.) Avoiding the background check system is as easy as ever. And, yet, we’re lead to believe that a father running a background check on his 19 year old son – so he can give him that 12 gauge over-and-under for Christmas – is somehow making New New York any safer.*

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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