Senate kicks off work on gun violence with hearing featuring NRA, gun-control advocates

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 7:22 AM
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barb_hJan. 29, 1312:45 PM

I don't remember electing this guy to office... funny how our elected officicals listen more to the people padding their pockets than their constituents... 65-70% of the people want to see some type of reasonable gun control - hopefully our representatives listen to them.

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sharkysharkJan. 29, 13 1:14 PM

Wayne LaPierre speaks for millions of American voters that believe in the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment specifically. His statements regarding gun control legislation and the likelihood that criminals would be deterred by new laws are obvious truths that are shared by many. There is no "gun problem" that can't be fixed by enforcing the laws already on the books. Using a firearm (or any other weapon) to commit a crime is already illegal.

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ivehaditJan. 29, 13 2:20 PM

sharkyshark: "There is no "gun problem" that can't be fixed by enforcing the laws already on the books. Using a firearm (or any other weapon) to commit a crime is already illegal." Banning the manufacture of semiautomatic assault rifles and closing loopholes in background checks will make it harder for criminals and unstable individuals to get guns. Most Americans don't understand why that is so bad for LaPierre and the gun manufacture lobby. Maybe because there would be fewer guns to kill people?

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potter101Jan. 29, 13 7:32 PM

I'm a total supporter of protecting the second amendments and my right to bear arms. I see the problem that hamburger makers like military weapons and machine guns or anti tank guns. but I got to say the NRA are really a group of gun Nazi's and it has nothing to do with the second amendment. It's lip service for the arms dealers , nothing more.

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owatonnabillJan. 29, 13 7:42 PM

Since 1980, 297 people (not just kids) have been killed in school shootings. In that same time-period, assuming 11,000 per year (which is in fact a lowball estimate), three hundred and fifty-two THOUSAND people died in gun homicides in America. And the majority of those were criminal-on-criminal. Eight one-hundredth of a percent. And yet this discussion is all about the childerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn. Still think this is a legitimate "discussion" about controlling guns? This is about controlling PEOPLE. Wake up, folks!

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benturnerJan. 29, 13 9:08 PM

re: owatonnabillJan. 29, 13 7:42 PM Since 1980, 297 people (not just kids) have been killed in school shootings. In that same time-period, assuming 11,000 per year (which is in fact a lowball estimate), three hundred and fifty-two THOUSAND people died in gun homicides in America. And the majority of those were criminal-on-criminal. Eight one-hundredth of a percent. And yet this discussion is all about the childerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn. Still think this is a legitimate "discussion" about controlling guns..... YES let me repeat YES 20 children massacred is enough to motivate a serious discussion regarding common sense gun laws. I am confident that ALL reasonable people will agree.

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benturnerJan. 29, 13 9:10 PM

re: There is no "gun problem" that can't be fixed by enforcing the laws already on the books. Using a firearm (or any other weapon) to commit a crime is already illegal.... The NRA stands in the way of enforcing those gun laws.

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fatgaryJan. 30, 13 6:44 AM

Hey Obama, try cleaning up your own backyard first and stop with this political grandstanding on semi-auto rifles, yes semi, not assault. These kneejerk reactions will not solve anything.

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westmetromanJan. 30, 13 7:01 AM

If you want to protect children ban dogs, pools, plastic bags, and small toys all of which kill more kids annually then assault rifles. Owatonnabill is correct, this is about controll of the people.

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photogpatJan. 30, 13 7:02 AM

This isn't a partisan issue, neither side wants the bloodshed to continue. The problem with going after only "Assault" rifles and magazines (which are used is a trivially small % of crimes) is that it won't address the larger issue. Why are politicians and gun controllers going after handguns, which kill a far larger # of people each year? Also, why aren't they proposing mental health care, treatment and education? Why go after only a small segment of the "problem"?

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