The Brady Law stops law-abiding Americans, not criminals, from getting guns. My newest piece at Investor's Business Daily starts this way:
Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law, a federal gun control in honor of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's former press secretary who was wounded in John Hinckley's assassination attempt.
Since it requires background checks on all guns purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers, gun control advocates celebrated the law's purported effectiveness.
The description by the Capitol newspaper The Hill was typical: "The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which took effect 20 years ago Friday, has blocked more than 2 million firearm sales, preventing 'countless' killings and other crimes, gun control advocates said at an event to mark the anniversary ... ."
On Friday, the Brady Campaign claimed that half those blocked from purchasing a gun — over 1 million — were felons.
Impressive numbers. But, alas, both are gross exaggerations. . . .
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