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Over 90 % of Americans favor universal background checks and many of that number are NRA members. I grew up in Mn and did a lot of hunting as a youth. As a veteran I know of the lethality of assault weapons, armor piercing ammo, etc. Today I own a few guns and have no fear that background checks will lead to loss of my guns. I also favor the banning of assault rifles and the large magazines over 8-10 rounds. The NRA "war" on such gun legislation is over the top and results in the many "tea party" tirads that take from the real discussion about how to try to address gun violence. Things like background checks, mental health screening/treatment, gun training, etc. It's a shame to see our politicans (Repubs & Dems) and NRA leadership cowtow to the threats of those in NRA who are extremists and ignore those reasonable NRA members who are willing to discuss possible solutions.
Well as long as the wants of a few outweigh the welfare of the many, things will remain just the way they are.
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Madness.
I have read the 90% figure hundreds of times, and before people actually use that fictional number, they should look at the poll and how it was conducted. It's not close to 90%, and I don't know of one person that agrees with the background check rule, not one. You would think with the percentages the anti-gun zealots use, I would know plenty of people that support increased background checks. I encourage the Democrats to roll the dice and keep bringing this losing issue up as it will do nothing but encourage single issue voters to reject the Democrats in 2014. Hey RJR, please tell us how the proposed new laws would have prevented any of the recent mass shootings?
Give no compromise! Gun control advocates won't be happy until private gun ownership is illegal.
How can a background check be "universal" when it depends on voluntary compliance between
individuals? The supposed "gun debate" is grist for utopians to chew on endlessly in their search for a perfect World. The reality is that there isn't anything to "debate". Americans have the right to keep and bear arms and for nearly all of us it works just fine the way it is thank you. There is no gun problem that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. A little less "community organizing" and a bit more law enforcement ought to do it.
Polls are a tricky business and it's all about how you ask the question and to whom. Gallup
found that although a majority supported background checks, only 4% considered gun control to be a "front burner issue". There really isn't a "gun problem" for most people.
Obama loves to use a crisis to force his agenda. Where were all these gun control advocates when 23 people got shot in Chicago last week in one day? Toughest gun laws in the country and they are 50 shootings a weekend.....You think back ground checks will save more lives on the South side? Until we address mental health, culture and serious consequences for bad decisions nothing will change....
"NRA and gun control supporters say their fight over background checks, other measures not over"
For once the NRA is right.
"Over 90 % of Americans favor universal background checks and many of that number are NRA members". this all depends on how the question was asked. The president said in one speech, and I paraphrase, "90% want background checks on criminals and the mentally disturbed". Of course we do! I am surprised that is not 100%! The left is smart, they know that they cannot go to full confiscation in one shot. they do things a little at a time. Expanding checks on law abiding citizens will not stop tragedies like Newtown, (even though there are those saying it would). Politicians, democrats, have slipped up in speeches to their backers and often said this is the first step in a big plan to take away guns. We hear them. We know their plans. We will stop them.
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