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  •  I think it can be done (20+ / 0-)
    In fact, let's be clear about Newtown: the killer had no criminal record so he would never have shown up on a background check.

    You are absolutely correct if the background check is of the type currently in place - a NICS check, which is in and of itself woefully deficient because states refuse to submit the necessary data.  As of 31 July, there were 717,165 names of convicted felons in the NICS database, yet there are 5,850,000 known convicted felons in the US, almost all of which have been purged from voter registration lists.  If a state can use those lists to purge voters in their attempts to ensure Republican victories, then they can damn well make sure that the names are in the NICS database.

    Beyond that, there needs to be a true background investigation process for firearms ownership, particularly for concealable weapons.  In NYS, when someone applies for a pistol permit, an investigation is conducted - neighbors and family members are contacted and asked for their input, records of criminal activity which did not result in conviction are checked, etc.  Then and only then can one make an informed judgement as to whether or not the applicant should be allowed within 100 meters of a weapon.

    Had Nancy Lanza been required to go through such a process, it may well be that she would have been declined based on concerns about her son's presence in the home, and Adam would not have had the access that he did. Loughner and Holmes would not have passed such scrutiny, and we can only speculate what that would have meant to the victims in Tucson and Aurora.

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

    by Wayward Wind on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 03:40:42 AM PST

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