We should get rid of all prevention measures

So a bill to expand background checks for buying guns has been filibustered. Here was one of the arguments against it:

“Criminals do not submit to background checks now,” said Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. “They will not submit to expanded background checks.”

Of course criminals don’t submit to background checks now, why should they when they can easily buy a gun without one:

In 2000 or 2001, Bulger, 83, is ­believed to have called a Utah man who placed an ad in the “Thrifty Nickel,” or a similar newspaper, selling a 45-caliber Auto Ordnance pistol. The seller, who is not identified in court records, told agents that he sold the gun to the caller — an older man fitting Bulger’s description — outside a mall in Orem, Utah, ­because “he did not want to have the person come to his home,” accord­ing to court documents.

The reports detail efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to trace 29 weapons — pistols, revolvers, shotguns, and rifles — that the FBI found stuffed in the walls and bookshelves of Bulger’s apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., after he and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were arrested in June 2011 after 16 years on the run.

“Obviously, anybody who managed to elude one of the most determined manhunts in US history would certainly figure out a way to buy weapons in Southern California,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell of New Bedford, who is one in a group of mayors pushing for stricter gun control and is also a former federal prosecutor who oversaw efforts to track Bulger. “In the case of private sales, no background check is ­involved, and that’s obviously a large loophole in the system.”

Bulger a longtime informant for the FBI, is charged with 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s as part of a sweeping racketeering case and is slated to stand trial in June in US District Court in Boston.

If Whitey Bulger can buy guns this easily, imagine how easy it is for lower profile criminals. Criminals would still probably be able to obtain guns if the expanded background checks went through, but it would be more difficult. Personally, I want to make more difficult for them.

The logic in Grassley’s statement would mean we should get rid of all preventative measures–for example, all that security at the Boston Marathon didn’t stop the bombing so why bother with the security at all?

As an aside, four Democrats voted for the filibuster: Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. It’s one thing to vote against a measure put forth by your party, but if you filibuster it then you should be punished by the party–these four should lose something for defying the party.

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