I want to thank Ray Heise for his letter obviating his and his thinking cohorts' true desires for universal background checks [Some background on background checks, Viewpoints, Feb. 5].
Many propose UBC as a means of preventing undesirables from obtaining firearms. Prevention ends successfully stopping something or in failure when the act is completed. Yes, you can say it never ends successfully in that repeated attempts may ensure and each attempt may again fail.
Even with my experience in dealing with facts as an engineer (B.S.E.E. from IIT), military experiences as an MP patrolman and detective, and Oak Park Citizen Police Academy participant, I find little to no benefit in knowing the manufacturer, model and serial number of some weapon a perpetrator may have purchased.
What Heise and company make obvious is their desire to create an indelible record of all firearm and firearm component transactions made. While such a list may help prosecute a suspect of some offense, the aid in preventing the offense or identifying a suspect, is almost infinitesimal.
The list is, however, almost a prerequisite for the confiscation of all firearms. While this is a situation desired by some, history records its many and probable horrors.