What is the Goal of Background Checks?

 

What is the goal of background checks? To prevent murders? The Odessa shooter, to cite one example, couldn’t pass a background check, but he got his hands on a gun anyway.

If you’re trying to get a gun for the purpose of murdering one or more persons, why would you care about passing a background check?

Has anyone ever said “I was planning to go on a murderous rampage but I didn’t want to do it with an illegally obtained firearm. Because I might get in trouble with the law.”

So for Odessa, charges would include seven deaths, 19 wounded, plus illegal possession of a firearm?! Is that a deterrent?

 

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