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I am a volunteer for AFS, the leading international student exchange program for high school students. As a volunteer, I occasionally give rides to students to and from events, or from the airport when they arrive. I also participate in orientations for the students and host families, where I may lead discussion circles, or just participate for fun.

To protect our hosted students, who are between 16 and 18 years old when they arrive in the U.S., the United States Department of State requires that all AFS volunteers be registered anew every year. Part of the registration is a criminal background check. I just submitted my own information again to the company that performs that background check. AFS pays for this. The whole process takes about 3 minutes online.

To give rides and instruction to foreign high school students, the State Department requires that I undergo a criminal background check.

Yet, I can go to a gun show and purchase an assault rifle and a 100-round magazine without any background check. The State Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the ATF, they are all fine with this.


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