The fallacy that gun background checks prevent mass shootings

NPR has a piece that details the failure of the the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) to prevent mass shootings despite being touted at the time as a means to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do harm to others. This, from the FBI website: The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is all about saving lives and protecting people from harm—by not letting guns fall into the wrong hands. It also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers.  Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998, NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase. More than 230...(Read Full Post)
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