Dr. John Lott has a oped in Maine’s Sun Journal about the Michael Bloomberg gun control initiative being pushed there.
Let’s say a stalker is threatening a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun?
If you live in Maine, loaning her your gun may soon land you in prison.
And forget about Boy Scout shooting trips, where adults lend troops shotguns and rifles so that the Scouts can earn their firearm merit badges. Stick with that annual ritual and those adult leaders may soon find themselves in prison.
Those are just a couple of the hidden consequences if Maine voters pass referendum Question 3 on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns, but the current background check system is a mess. It primarily disarms the most vulnerable citizens, particularly law-abiding minorities. Virtually every time that the government stops someone from buying a gun, it is done by mistake. I am not talking here about preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands. I am talking about people who are legally eligible to buy a gun.
Gun control advocates constantly claim that nationwide background checks have stopped 2.4 million prohibited people from buying a gun. But what they should really say is that there were 2.4 million “initial denials.” And more than 96 percent of those “initial denials” are errors that are dropped during just the first two stages of review. More cases are dropped later.
It is one thing to stop a felon from buying a gun. It is quite another to stop a law-abiding citizen from buying a gun simply because his name is similar to that of a felon. . . .