A Positive Step on Gun Control

The lack of an adequate policy response after one of the all to frequent mass shootings in the U.S. is one of the most frustrating features of American politics.  Despite the frustration the reasons for it are pretty clear – the anti-gun control side is uniquely and enthusiastically dedicated to their cause.  However, a small but important measure was just introduced in the U.S. Senate that may help reduce the likelihood of these horrific acts in the future. The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX (just 40 or so miles from where I type this) has spurred Texas Senator John Cornyn to introduce the FIX NICS Act.  The bill is a bipartisan measure that would try an patch the many holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  The perpetrator of the First Baptist massacre was court martialed on two counts of domestic assault but this was not reported by the Air Force and the conviction was not entered into the NICS database.  The bill requires states and federal agencies to develop plans for how they can better report to the NICS and provide funding if necessary to facilitate that reporting.  I have often tweeted very critical things at Senator Cornyn so, fair is fair, I must bring attention to something positive he is doing.  I will also give him credit for at a minimum living up to the line often proffered by anti-gun control folks that, “we don’t need new laws, we just need to enforce the laws we have.”  If every Senator who has uttered those lines while taking NRA cash signed onto the FIX NICS Act then that would be an important step as well but I am not holding my breath.

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