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President Trump's Election Integrity Commission is considering a proposal that would require individuals to pass a background check before registering to vote. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, suggested background checks—similar to those required to purchase a gun—are an effective way to "check if the right people are voting." But critics argue voting rights are not the same as gun rights, and background checks would be both costly and unjust. What do you think? 🗳

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Gun researcher and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center John Lott caused controversy when he suggested individuals should have to pass a background check in order to vote. Lott was invited to speak before President Trump's controversial Election Integrity Commission about effective ways to prevent voter fraud and suggested states adopt background checks similar to those required to purchase a gun.

The NICS system doesn't just determine if potential gun buyers have criminal histories. It also checks whether a person is in this country illegally, has a nonimmigrant visa or has renounced his citizenship. Such people are not allowed to vote. The system doesn’t currently flag people who are on immigrant visas but who could be added to the system.

Lott argued since Democrats claim background checks do not interfere with one's ability to own a gun, it should follow that they do not interfere with an individual's ability to vote.

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But many aren't taking Lott's proposal seriously, and are shocked he was called before the voter fraud commission in the first place. According to FiveThirtyEight, there are approximately 33,000 gun deaths per year compared to 31 documented cases of voter impersonation between 2000 and 2014. Suggesting the system used to purchase firearms should be applied to voter registration is both ridiculous and impractical.

The qualifications for purchasing a firearm are much more stringent than those for voting. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) screens such things as criminal history, dishonorably military discharges, and mental health or substance abuse issues. Not only could NICS erroneously flag someone as ineligible to vote, it could also deter people from voting who are distrustful of law enforcement and want to stay away from a criminal background check. And background checks cost money, which would have to be paid by the voter or the state.
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