Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) authored a invoice that mandates an audit of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This just isn’t the primary time that Massie has pushed this concept. Amazingly, the invoice handed by a 380 to 47 vote.
For years, Dr. John Lott has identified the errors within the NICS system and its discriminatory nature (2018 oped in the New York Times, 2021 oped in the Wall Street Journal). The New York Times refused to run any mentions of how these errors discriminate towards minorities and their title was additionally deceptive, as I used to be arguing that background checks might be mounted.
“This extremely excessive charge of false positives imposes an actual burden on essentially the most susceptible individuals,” stated Reagan Dunn, the primary nationwide coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Justice Department program began in 2001 to make sure gun legal guidelines are enforced.
This is from the Wall Street Journal:
First, whereas President Biden and different Democrats declare that three million prohibited individuals have been stopped from shopping for weapons due to background checks, that’s false. There is a large error charge within the background-check system. Some 99% of the denials are law-abiding people who find themselves improperly stopped.
The system discriminates most towards black and Hispanic males. When I labored on the U.S. Justice Department, I noticed knowledge exhibiting that the error charge for black males was greater than 3 times their share of the inhabitants; for Hispanic males, 2.5 occasions. I identified that this might be simply mounted if the federal authorities held its personal background checks to the identical normal as personal firms.
A duplicate of the invoice is available here.
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