WV Senator Joe Manchin has been trying to breathe life back into his background checks bill which would make it mandatory for most private gun sales to go through the same background checks as gun stores sales and require that those records be maintained for government scrutiny by firearms dealers. But, I guess the fears that many of us expressed, that it wouldn’t stop there, have been illustrated quite well by the IRS scandal and concerns Manchin, according to the Washington Times;
“The difference is this,” Mr. Manchin continued. “Let’s say the EPA, which we’re fighting every minute of every day, because we believe that they’re overreaching, they’re creating rules and regulations. They’re interpreting and they’re doing things on their own because they are a federal agency. The Second Amendment is [in] the Constitution – it can only be changed by the legislative branch of government.”
Mr. Kercheval said Mr. Manchin’s legislation makes sense, but that the IRS situation doesn’t help the prospects of its reintroduction.
“Sure, it doesn’t help us – heck no,” Mr. Manchin replied. “But the bottom line is, [host Hoppy Kercheval], you cant stop government; you can’t stop this great country, you can’t stop the entrepreneurial spirit.”
Actually, you can stop government, Joe. That’s why there’s Constitution and a Bill of Rights. The Constitution was written to protect we, the people, from government. Like I’ve said, there are elements of the bill that I like – not needing a background check with a CCW license is an example, but I’ll give that up if it means less government intrusion into our legal purchases.