Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Once a week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals releases decisions in criminal cases that have been appealed. This week, four of them involve pistols possessed by people who aren’t eligible to have them.
One was handed his pistol by a friend just before the murder. One had a pistol in the trunk of a stolen car. One was carrying a pistol wrapped in plastic, secured with earbuds (not the way gun stores package the products they sell). One was found under the seat of a van – nobody knows how it got there.
The court doesn’t discuss how these ineligible people got their pistols, only the fact they had them. And these four cases are not everybody arrested with a gun, only those who had a strong enough case to appeal; but it’s an indication that the problem is widespread.
How would these crimes would have been prevented by universal background checks?
They’d give urban liberals that sense that they’ve dooooooone something.
Which is all that they really care about.