Senate ready to topple conservative blockade, debate new curbs on guns as NRA promises fight

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 1:55 AM
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garry4nowApr. 10, 1310:44 AM

I'm an NRA member and could be certified as a 'gun nut'. I can live with this compromise. However, noting will improve IF the background check system is not beefed up with all necessary data.

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sharkysharkApr. 10, 1310:47 AM

Americans, want no further infringement on our constitutional rights and demand that current laws be enforced. Calling for "universal background checks" ignores the facts. How can a background check be "universal" when it depends on voluntary compliance between individuals? I doubt sales between criminals in the back alley in the dark of night would include a background check, just like happens now. Meaningless feel good posturing, nothing more. There are laws on the books already that require background checks for sales by licensed dealers. Anything beyond that is unenforceable. Adding more restrictions on top of the thousands already on the books does little. Lack of enforcement is the problem. The crimes of Newtown were committed by a disturbed individual who planned the attack months in advance, committed several felonies including murder before he arrived at the school and have nothing to do with the rest of us. It is not the fault of responsible gun owners or their guns that the Sandy Hook killings occurred. The killer is dead now and there's nobody left to punish. Using the Newtown families like human shields for your agenda is wrong and America is watching. Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the instinctive knee-jerk reaction. Sometimes the right thing to do is nothing. There is no "gun problem" that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. It's a difficult reality, but it's time to just let go.

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quinnerooApr. 10, 1311:04 AM

Not strong enough, but how can anyone complain about these reasonable proposals?

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atoonceApr. 10, 1311:19 AM

sharkyshark - did you read that article last week, that talked about how federal agents basically have their hands tied in regards to punishing straw purchasers? Their hands are tied due to weakening of existing laws and slashing of funds for enforcement. Who is responsible for the weakening and slashing of existing laws? You guessed it - your GOP politicians and the NRA. So it's not all about "enforceing the thousands of existing laws". I'm sure there are still significant loopholes in the background check laws that would be good to tighten up. Some reasonable changes are worth doing. Doing nothing is not always the best thing to do.

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SportswizApr. 10, 1311:20 AM

so...a criminal that is in the process of purchasing a weapon out of the truck of somebody's car in some back alley will have to wait until the background check comes back?...seems feasable

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Spiker1Apr. 10, 1311:31 AM

This will not prevent mass shootings....criminals do not follow the law....this would not have prevented the Newtown shooting....Lanza stole the weapons from his dead mother.....all this will do is make criminals out of law abiding citizens.....Why not enforce existing laws before making one more useless law....There will be massive pushback from people who do not want their 2nd Amendment rights limited.....any senator who votes for this, will be voted out of office....

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wa0tdaApr. 10, 1311:41 AM

The NRA has done everything possible to push the "enforce existing laws" meme while making darned sure that existing laws cannot be enforced in any practical manner due to funding constraints, silly limitations on data sharing, and an endless stream of misinformation.

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gearrunrApr. 10, 1311:58 AM

wa0tda - Could you please provide an example of NRA misinformation?

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SwiftBoatApr. 10, 1312:00 PM

Going nowhere. Non-factor. Wont pass in the House.

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mankato58Apr. 10, 1312:08 PM

Please explain to me what this law will do to change the habits of violent people who do not know how to live in a society.

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