The folks at ABC News sure won't.
That tragedy that unfolded in Tucson a week ago? It cries out for more gun control. And gun registration.
So that government authorities can better track the insane among us who might try to buy guns.
ABC News reader (and former Democratic Party operative under Bill Clinton) George Stephanopoulos in an exchange with fellow leftie Dianne Sawyer, Monday, January 17:
DIANE SAWYER: Also tonight, a first look at our new ABC News poll taken in the wake of the Tucson shootings. For all the talk about political division, some headlines tonight in this poll from George Stephanopoulos ... Any changes on the issue of gun control, so much debated?What exactly are "these gun registries" that Stephanopoulos is talking about? I haven't the first clue.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Actually, the support for stricter gun control has dropped over the last few years.
SAWYER: Stricter has dropped?
STEPHANOPOULOS: With a couple of exceptions. A majority now support, 57 percent, support banning those high-capacity clips like Loughner used and a full 83 percent, 83 percent want more funding for these gun registries to make sure that we can track people with mental illness so they can't buy guns. [link] [emphasis mine]
And my guess is, even he doesn't know what he's talking about.
Maybe he thinks he lives in Canada where guns are indeed registered with the government at time of sale (registered by a national government that has found its registry to be a complete and utter failure).
Or maybe he thinks he lives in Manhattan where an alternate universe truly does exist.
But if Stephanopoulos thinks he lives in the USA, where gun registries are prohibited by law, he's seriously delusional (which would require that his name be entered on that mythical registry of the insane of his).
But more to my point, what does any gun registry - any in existence on the entire planet - do in the way of tracking "people with mental illness so they can't buy guns"?
They don't. None.
The closest we come here in this country to addressing the issue in which a mentally ill person might try to obtain a firearm is when he or she goes to purchase one from a retailer (or dealer - even at gun shows, ahem) and a federal gun form - or "firearms transaction record" - is completed, requiring the applicant's signature. The applicant is asked a number of questions on the form, including (laughably):
11f. Have you ever been adjucated mentally defective (which includes having been adjudicated incompetent to manage your own affairs) or have been committed to a mental institution?The "mentally defective" are expected to answer truthfully.
Just before they are sold the weapons they seek, having checked the box that reads NO.
Nowhere do we "register" the "mentally defective" until they commit a crime (or are formally committed to a mental institution). It's only then that they enter a registry.
And what happens to that 4473 form once it's completed?
It's filed by the licensed dealer, never to see the light of day again. Unless, as in the case of Jared Lee Loughner, a crime has been committed and a specific firearm or perpetrator is thought to have been involved.
So George Stephanopoulos thinks we have "these registries" that capture information about the deranged.
I wouldn't put it past him.
Transcript courtesy of NewsBusters.