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  •  The opposite is true as well (2+ / 0-)
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    happy camper, Robobagpiper

    Uncle Fred with a history of anger management and violence issues will not be magically reformed into a responsible guy when he buys a firearm or obtains a CCW permit.

    All the more reason for requiring a comprehensive background investigation on prospective owners of firearms, particularly CCW applicants.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Thu May 03, 2012 at 03:20:03 PM PDT

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    •  I have no (2+ / 0-)
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      theatre goon, Robobagpiper

      problem with that.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Thu May 03, 2012 at 05:05:08 PM PDT

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    •  Except that you are going about it... (2+ / 0-)
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      theatre goon, Robobagpiper

      entirely ass-backwards.

      Rights are the default position in this country, at least in principal.

      We don't, generally, make an individual prove that are responsible.  The obligation is for the government to prove that the individual is not responsible.

      •  That is precisely what (0+ / 0-)

        a background investigation does: examines the history of the individual to determine whether that history shows a pattern of responsibility or demonstrates irresponsibility to such a degree that the individual should not be allowed to carry a firearm in public, or, in some cases, to even own a weapon.

        The burden is on the issuing authority to provide a sufficient basis for declining issuance of a CCW permit and be able to justify their decision in court if challenged.

        I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

        by Wayward Wind on Fri May 04, 2012 at 03:40:25 AM PDT

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