Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gun Background Checks

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has prepared a document entitled “Gun Background Checks: Myths and Facts.” Among the eight “myths” listed are:
MYTH #3: The background check system doesn't prevent criminals from obtaining weapons. Criminals won't submit to background checks, so the system will not prevent shootings. 
FACT: Even the current weak federal background check system has prevented the sale of almost 2 million firearms, largely to criminals and the mentally ill. 
• Requiring background checks for private sales at gun shows and sales via the Internet would further curb access to firearms by criminals and those with serious mental illness.
You can read more here.