We have to do background checks. We must expand background checks. The people want them; they’re the only thing that works. We’ve heard it all. It’s always the same leftist refrain. More government will solve our problems. Always does – right?
But pandering politicians are demanding the wrong thing. Of course a proper background check will stem the tide of unwanted gun purchases. But expanding an already flawed system will not fix the system. The background check by itself is the not the problem. It is just a stupid computer database. It won’t and can’t do anything until someone tells it to perform a background check.
And even then, the machine is only as good as the data that has been inputted.
Imagine a calculator. It makes even doing simple tasks like addition easier. But the calculator cannot do it on its own. Numbers must be inputted for the calculator to perform a task. Entering 2 + 2 in the calculator will always yield the same result: 4.
But if the operator of the equipment, the calculator, inputs the wrong number, the calculator will produce the wrong answer. No matter what we do to the calculator – change the batteries, use a backlight, enhance the display, or even add buttons, the output will always be incorrect. And what if the operator never inputs any numbers? Naturally, there will be no output, no answer at all.
This is what has been happening anywhere former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder had instituted their bribery “Promise Plan.”
The Promise Program was “invented” for reasons of – what else? – diversity. Too many young blacks were being incarcerated. And schools were losing out on federal dollars because of the dropout/incarceration rate. The Promise Program incentivized police departments not to arrest young black men thus making the schools’ retention numbers look better. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be that obvious as to only let the young black ne’er-do-wells skate, so they expanded the “look the other way” service to include most school-age hoodlums.
And Shazam – the arrest/incarceration numbers began to plummet.
But this is precisely why background checks don’t and can’t work – because of the Promise Program. Like the calculator, the database can’t function if criminal data aren’t put into the system. The system, like the calculator, is only as good as the people running it.
It is precisely why Nickolas Cruz passed one after another background check. Like many other Broward County hoodlums, his name was left off the background check database.
We can’t be the only ones who know this. Yet sadly, maybe we are, as politicians are in a all-out scramble to expand background checks.
House Speaker Ryan said, “We shouldn’t be banning guns from law-abiding citizens. We should be focusing on making sure that citizens who should not get guns in the first place don’t get those guns.”
But due to the efforts of Community Organizers Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the crimes and/or offenses committed by Nickolas Cruz were never inputted into the system. And because of this, nut-job Cruz looked like every other law-abiding would-be gun owner to all from whom he wished to purchase a weapon.
No matter how many background checks were done on Cruz, just like magic, he passed every one. Expanding a non-functioning system will do as much good as will expanding the duties of the calculator.
If the children, parents and politicians wish to get angry at anyone, at least lay the blame at the feet of the deserving – Barack Obama.