I’m about as pro-small government as one can be, and . . .
My stomach tends to turn everytime I hear McCain’s name. But, I’m with those who favor background checks - thorough ones - on EVERY RETAIL gun sale. That includes sales at gun shows. Will it make a difference? Probably little, if any, is my guess. However, as Cam has asked, how can one logically argue against taking such a step if there is a chance it might keep a gun out of the hands of a nut?
Where it gets sticky for me concerns the sale/trade/gift of a gun between private individuals - friends, family, neighbors. I have yet to hear of a mechanism that sets out how background checks would be conducted in such instances. More importantly, there would be no way to enforce the imposition of a background check in these private, non-retail, transactions.