John Lott’s newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:
Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: “It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don’t want having guns.”
Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works. Take his claim on Sunday: “Since checks began in 1998, more than 100,000 people who are ineligible to own guns have been denied them each year.” Just because someone is “initially denied” permission to buy a gun doesn’t mean that he is really ineligible to own guns. . . .