Anti-Gun Research ~ Background Checks Just the First Step

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U.S.A. – -( “Anti-gun researcher admits background checks just first step,” a Bearing Arms headline to an article by Second Amendment broadcast and online journalist Cam Edwards notes.

He’s referring to a New York Magazine interview with “Bloomberg Professor of American Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health” Daniel Webster, who “came out and all but admitted that even ‘universal background checks’ don’t serve as a much of a deterrent to violent criminals and argued that the imposition of any background check law is just the first step towards other, even more draconian restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.”

“What we find is when you couple comprehensive background checks with a licensing system is where you tend to see beneficial effects,” Webster admits.

So background checks aren’t enough. The prohibitionists want more. They’ll take what they can get now in increments, but once that beachhead has been secured, they’ll use it to launch their next attack into deeper territory. That’s forever been their M.O., something you’d think even an establishment Republican would be smart enough to realize before signing onto any more “bipartisan deals.”

In this case, Webster is repeating an infringement he’s been calling for – for years.

“When you deny high-risk people access to guns, the evidence shows that saves lives,” he claimed 10 years ago. “And when you regulate all gun sales, fewer guns get diverted to criminals.”

“Regulate”?  “A licensing system”?

The National Institute of Justice touched on that in its 2013 “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” section on “Universal Background Checks”:

“Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…”

What are the grabbers, from the president on down, making no secret of wanting to ban now? And what can licensing and registration enable?

And, of course, with Joe Biden telling everyone a 9 mm (except for Hunter’s?) will blow their lungs out so we can’t have those, either, is as good a time as any to remind everyone that banning handguns was an original goal that the antis have never given up:

We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. . . .  [W]e’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again.  Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice.  Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. . . .  The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country.  The second problem is to get handguns registered.  The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition-except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors-totally illegal.

Richard Harris, A Reporter at Large: Handguns,  New Yorker, July 26, 1976, at 53, 58 (quoting Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc.) (boldface added, italics in original).

But note they always couch the latest incremental infringement as “a good first step.” Some of us have been warning about this insidious subterfuge, dependent on media-engineered public ignorance, for decades:

But for the gun controllers, that’s not all bad– because based on results, each tragedy provides a new opportunity to exploit, a new press conference to hold, a new law to enact, or a new lawsuit to file. They’ll propose further restrictions under the bald-faced pretense that it’s “a good first step.” They won’t tell you that there are already over 20,000 gun laws on the books at the federal, state and municipal level that are consistently ignored by all but the law-abiding.

“A good first step…” the clueless segment of our victim pool populace will drone back at the proposal of law number 20,001.

“One helluva good first step– keep ‘em coming!” agree illegally armed criminal predators, emboldened with each new law that renders their prey increasingly vulnerable…

As long as the lies work, the enemies of freedom will keep using them. So, it’s up to gun owners to share the truth with whoever will listen.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Remember this…you can pass all the laws you want about anything you want. It will take ENFORCERS who are willing to KILL YOU to enforce the law. REMEMBER THAT and be willing to do what they did at Concord Green. Any ENFORCER willing to try to take your defense weapons are your ENEMY and a violator of their oath of office and should be considered a CRIMINAL in the true sense of the word. People like LON HORIUCHI are MURDERERS. People like Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinelli, and Joseph Wolfe are MURDERERS for beating Kelly Thomas to death. People like Philip… Read more »

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Death of a thousand cuts.


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Tio – I can sum up their strategery and tactics in 15 words or less – we don’t want all of the guns – just those of you .deplorables.


When in the course of human events..
DEFIANCE…to be continued…

This, people, is going to be the answer to all of this crap. A time of total DEFIANCE to their agenda. A time to actually FIGHT and maybe die for freedom. We are going to have to take a close look at what Thomas Jefferson said…WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE THERE IS FREEDOM. When the people fear the government there is TYRANNY. WHERE ARE WE???


If Donald Trumps son was shown naked with a hooker and a illegal gun !! The world would have lost its gravitational pull and the democrats would have opened many new investigations . The media would have run with that story till it slandered presidents Trumps entire family. The so called experts would be interviewed one after another. The view MSNBC all would have wet their panties. Democrats are intoxicated with power while lacking any positive legislation that will pull our country out from the mess they themselves created. The elite are self serving and the politicians on both sides of the isle have shown they are… Read more »


We live is a society where truth is no longer valued. Ideology over ideas. Feelings over facts. This the result of an incremental, systematic dismantling of education in America in the public sphere. I know I am off the sheet when it comes to the specific issue David is addressing but lets get down to core causes. People believe what is convenient to their causes on everything from abortion to zoology. Simple facts of genetics and the definition of life itself are issues of contention in a world where people simply make stuff up. This is a demonic influence in… Read more »


I read this article today by Tom Mullen and have to agree 100% with him. I think you will see where he is coming from makes a lot of sense. As for Schools…

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Wild Bill

Yeah, and communism over Constitution, too!!

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Very Interesting life is not about the evolution of the human race we have surpassed that.We are mutations due to environmental changes some natural some man made. Our education system like all things must change as old gives way to new which sometimes is better sometimes not. What is evil is the indoctrination of young bodies & minds to become something that they were not born to be. The narrative of gender being taught in schools is obscene. Ancestry .com now has altered the lives of millions telling them that years of family history passed down from one generation to… Read more »


“What we find is when you couple comprehensive background checks with a licensing system is where you tend to see beneficial effects,” Webster admits.

Firearm licensing: a law that you can’t charge a convicted felon with if he (or she) violates it.


Hunter Biden. I rest my case.


When the clowns in DC violate thier oath to uphold the constitution then anything they pass is to be ignored. ” Shall Not Be Infringed ” is pretty clear . Any infringement these clowns pass is unconstitutional and to be completely ignored .


“He who attempts to get another man into his absolute power does thereby put himself into a state of war with him, it being to be understood as a declaration of a design upon his life; for I have reason to conclude that he who would get me into his power without my consent would use me as he pleased when he got me there, and destroy me, too, when he had a fancy to it; for nobody can desire to have me in his absolute power unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right… Read more »


Let’s not forget the fact that every politician who does infringe on our Second Ammendment rights is, by definition, a Traitor, plain and simple.


The democratic elite are going to throw everything it can at this as their parties failures are monumental since Obama took the oath of office. The democratic socialist party always falls back to gun control when their political failures can not be overlooked even by their own party’s supporters. The Biden family is a stain on America’s flag Joe has never been nothing more than a career politicon. His family cashing in on his term as vice president becoming multiply millionaires. Today Joe is nothing more than a face that is disposable when he can no longer read or say… Read more »


Are THEY failing? You and I as well as the Ammoland readers realize that THEY are failing U.S., but THEY are implementing exactly what THEY said THEY would, and the useful idiots that are lapping it all up obviously do not know history.


The democrats are implementing policies that are unlawful such as red flag laws which were struck down by the supreme court. The democrats have proven that there are no longer abiding by law and order. When has it been legal to remove any of our constitutional rights?  Let alone to temporarily remove them through a lower court run by a municipality.  We must consider that this is not legal under our constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that warrantless gun confiscation from Americans’ homes is unconstitutional, voting unanimously on the side of a Rhode Island man whose firearms were taken by… Read more »


If this doesn’t highlight how right Gun Owners of America (GOA) are, about “No Compromise”, what does?


Guess the answer is “Good first step? In that case, let’s just nullify all existing gun laws as they don’t count any more.” After they are gone, we can discuss your new proposal. Not saying I’ll support, respect or even accept it – but we can discuss.


with luck scotus ruling will nullify about half of existing laws


I have no faith in John Roberts. He is the continuing curse on America from the Bushista Klan.


And if you’re on a jury vote NOT GUILTY unless the person charged actually committed a crime with a VICTIM involved.


and a clearly articulable harm to that victim
“he called me names” don’t count fer nuthin’