Columnist: Why Not Apply Same Principles Of Gun Background Checks To Voting?

This is actually a pretty clever idea. If Democrats have no problem with background checks for Americans who want to buy guns, why shouldn’t the same principle apply in voting? It’s a win win.

John R. Lott Jr. writes at the Chicago Tribune:

Apply background checks for gun purchases to voting

Republicans worry about vote fraud. Democrats claim that Republicans are just imagining things. But in testimony Tuesday before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, I will suggest a simple solution that could make both parties happy: Apply the background check system for gun purchases to voting.

Democrats have long lauded background checks on gun purchases as simple, accurate and in complete harmony with the Second Amendment right to own guns. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has bragged that the checks “make our communities and neighborhoods safer without in any way abridging rights or threatening a legitimate part of the American heritage.”

If Democrats really believe that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System doesn’t interfere “in any way” with people’s constitutional rights to own a gun, doesn’t it follow that the same system would not constitute an infringement on people’s right to vote? This would give Republicans a system for stopping vote fraud and Democrats a system that they have already vigorously endorsed.

Republicans in Congress should pick up this idea and run with it. How could Democrats disagree?

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