The problem is and has always been a crime problem rather than a gun problem. The vast majority of violent criminals are repeat offenders and such has been the case for many years. The fact that background checks have become necessary demonstrates, IMHO, that we as a society have failed to properly address the issue of violent crime. If someone is so violent and dangerous that said person cannot be trusted with a firearm, why on earth are we letting them mingle with the rest of society? In my view, a person who poses a danger to society has no place in society and should either remain locked up or, if their crime is severe enough, be executed. The only effective way to do something about violent crime is to adequately punish the violent criminals.
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