"The true colors of left wingnuts
NPR and most liberal news outlets have the habit of reporting only the call for "if we could just do something that would save just one life", to justify more gun control. But I don't see it reporting on the places that already have those laws. The Guardian does better:
It shows that Puerto Rico, which has gun laws that limit firearms to one per house, with just one box of ammunition, along with massive registration, has a homicide rate of 18.3/100,000. Mexico, another country with tough gun laws has a rate of 9.97/100,000. The United States has rate of 2.97/100,000, despite being first in the world for gun ownership. Both Puerto Rico and Mexico are torn with drug cartel violence, and Puerto Ricans are moving in drove to the U.S. to escape it. Moving to the place that has more guns than almost anyone. Where they feel safer, as even NPR reported. NPR just didn't mention the gun laws.
As for background checks, most states have draconian mental health laws that make it a commitable offense merely to be accused of being threatening while mentally ill. The accusations often become proven fact as due process goes out the window. Just look at the psychiatric hospitals who committed tens of thousands without any mental illness or record of violence, in the State of Texas alone (Source: Houston Chronicle "Profitable Addictions" series, 40+ articles), after the Supreme Court 1983 Barefoot v. Estelle decision. One could parody the elevation of psychiatry to near-infallible status in that decision with: "Although your heart surgeon has never seen you or your medical record, and has heard about you only through hypothetical questions, don't worry about a thing - there is no convincing evidence that he is almost entirely unreliable."
No doubt, as far as the gun control wingnuts are concerned, the more people on lists who can't own guns, the better. No matter if they got there through medical fraud, or the kind of "treatment" that people of color used to get under Jim Crow. Ah, NPR, show us your true colors. We hardly knew ye. "