Review-Journal—VICTOR JOECKS: Universal background checks didn’t reduce Clark County homicides
Victor is right. Except for the "drafting error." No, in Question 1, the FBI NICS system was used instead of Nevada's own point of contact because NICS is free; Nevada charges $25. The proponents felt that Nevadans wouldn't vote for Question 1 if the background checks cost money.
Well then Attorney General Laxalt stepped in and the FBI said "No, we're not doing your checks for free. You chose a state system." Since the FBI couldn't run background checks, and since the state couldn't enforce a law without anyway to comply, Question 1 nullified.
In 2019, the Legislature and Governor Sisolak said "fuck you Nevadans, watch this" and passed the same law, except with the FBI taken out and the Nevada system installed. Now private gun sales are illegal and cost you $25 for someone to call Carson City...which last year had abysmal delays on "instant" background checks.
I would add this. If private gun bans are so wonderful, where are all the charges for illegal handgun sales? The DAs and police aren't wasting time to investigate that. The only charge I'm aware of in the Bloomberg background check era is one guy out of Washington state.
As far as 2020 homicides, locking down the state, terrifying people, and causing people to lose jobs, all while the desperate casinos lower rates that attract scum from out-of-state, sure didn't help.
But then again in 2020 gun sales went through the roof, so some dumbass who doesn't understand that correlation does not equal causation will say "See! Dramatically higher gun sales and higher murder rates! More guns = more crime!" It's an easy sell for the stupid because historical, cultural, and political factors don't show up nicely on a spreadsheet.
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Clayton E. Cramer
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