Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough pointed out that the case for background checks is more problematic in light of the IRS scandals. The host had been, in recent months, an ardent supporter of expanded background checks for firearms purchases, but says that some concerns about increased gun-control measures are more justified after the IRS abused its powers and violated citizens’ privacy when reviewing organizations’ applications.
“My argument is less persuasive today because of these scandals,” he said. “People say, ‘Hey, if they do this with the IRS, asking people what books you read, then how can I trust them with information about my Second Amendment rights?’”
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein agreed with Scarborough: “I think you’re absolutely right, and I think it feeds into this notion that government is either inept or it’s corrupt.”