One week ago today the US Senate failed to muster the 60 votes needed for the Manchin-Toomey amendment; falling four votes shy. The amendment called for background checks on all commercial sales of guns; polling suggests nearly 90% of the American public support this issue. Outraged, I posted the names of all those US Senators who voted “No” in my blog post, here.
Since that time my outrage has grown. There is not a single aspect of any American’s life that doesn’t require some degree of “background checks” but it seems with the sole exception of buying a gun. So I’ve started to compile a list of things that we all do which either require a background check, signing in to a registry or have some form of “reporting” to ensure we are who we say we are.
- Applying for work
- Applying for a loan, credit card / bank account
- Buying a home or renting an apartment
- Cashing a check
- Flying on a commercial airline
- Purchasing alcohol
- Visiting a sick friend or loved one at a hospital
- Walking into almost any office building in the US
Where else are we required to show identification, write our name on to a registry or subject ourselves to a background check? Pulling together this list only highlights the hypocrisy of those opposed to this common sense approach.